Perennials: Ornamental grasses, especially native varieties, fit harmoniously into almost any planting plan. Their interest derives from translucence, line, form, texture and scale —all the elements that contribute to excellent design. Look around at existing grass plantings and decide where in your landscape they might fit.
Flowers: Think about growing flowers for drying next year. A dried flower arrangement or wreath made now will keep at least a year. “Everlastings” include achilleas, pearly everlasting (Anaphalis), lavender and many grasses and seedheads.
Vegetables and fruits: Complete protection of trees from mouse and vole damage with wire mesh trunk guards. Complete protection of shrubs from deer browsing with burlap, netting and spray repellents.
Trees and shrubs: Still cleaning up leaves? The wet spring brought out more leaves, fruit, berries and nuts than usual.
Lawns: Make sure the lawn is cleared of wet leaves. Dig up any lingering crabgrass or dandelion plants before the ground freezes..
Houseplants: Fresh new plants, including festive holiday ones, make a welcome gift to receive or give. Before selecting plants determine the light intensity available at the location where the plant will be grown. Or give a gro-light along with the gift plant.
General: Make sure the driveway is marked with stakes to guide the snow plow. Stock up on materials for icy walkways. Salt is very toxic to grass and flowers. Sand, kitty litter and sawdust are safer.
— Susan Henry, master gardener with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Westchester