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November in the Garden

Floral Designer’s Plant of the Month

Chasmanthium latifolium, commonly called Sea Oats, is  one of the ornamental grasses. It adds a graceful “harvest” effect to fall arrangements. They dry easily and last all season.

Sea Oats are a useful plant in the garden too. Shamrock green foliage all summer, and their graceful seed heads add movement in fall and interest all winter.  Best of all, Sea Oats do fine in dry part-shade – a difficult place to plant. They do naturalize by seeding in.  If you cut the seed heads for your Thanksgiving floral designs, however, this won't be a problem.

Checklist for the Garden

  • November is the time of leaves! Be sure to keep them off lawns and moss gardens. Leave them on perennial beds where possible to protect as winter mulch and also provide habitat for wildlife.

  • Divide and replant crowded perennials (hostas, day lilies, etc)

  • Mulch tender plants for winter protection

  • Also mulch (1 inch thick ) over winter bulbs to help maintain consistent temperatures below ground as our Southern weather chills and then warms up.

  • Detach watering hoses from spigots and drain.

  • Plant winter bulbs – daffodils, tulips, lilies, etc – and pansies for winter color.   A favorite Southern tip is to layer .. plant early flowering bulbs deep in the soil (6”) and then layer the pansies on top. In spring the pansies will get the addition of the tulips (or daffodils) to add a new dimension of color and form.

Earlier Event: December 1
December in the Garden
Later Event: January 1
January in the Garden