Asked on Oct 14, 2014

Can you plant perennials in late October in NH?

Just moved into a new construction and have no landscaping. We want to put in a few plants as soon as we can, but don't know if the plants would have enough time to establish their roots before frost and dormant period comes.
  6 answers
  • Drought Smart Plants Drought Smart Plants on Oct 14, 2014
    It depends what you're planting and what your soil is like. The biggest danger planting in the fall is that the ground will freeze and heave the plants out. I mulch to prevent this, using either my favorite lava rock mulch, or something that will stop the ground from freezing and thawing - chopped leaves work great. Put the mulch over the garden after it freezes, and that help keep it the same temperature. I routinely plant in the fall, and most things actually prefer it.

  • Luis Luis on Oct 14, 2014
    You can plant many of your bulbs, Tulips, Daffodils and snowdrops and November is the time to get outdoors, in the dying light of a pre-Thanksgiving day, and plant lily bulbs.

  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Oct 15, 2014
    You don't have to worry about frost, but you do have to worry about the ground freezing. My general rule is that it is fine to plant perennials as long as you have six to eight weeks before the ground freezes. I doubt that is the case now in New Hampshire, but perhaps if you are along the coast you might be just under the wire. You can certainly plant bulbs, as Luis says.

  • Cyndi Moore Tippett Cyndi Moore Tippett on Oct 15, 2014
    you could put your plants in pot so you can bring them in for the winter (if you have a place to store them) I had a similar problem, I wanted to put in some plants, but did not want to leave them when we moved so I placed them in pots and I loved the look so much I never did plant them. Potted plants can do alot for curb appeal.

  • Kira Lynch Hatem Kira Lynch Hatem on Oct 15, 2014
    That is a great idea. Thank you.

  • Kira Lynch Hatem Kira Lynch Hatem on Oct 15, 2014
    I think bulbs might be the best way to go for now. We JUST moved in and I don't know that I'll be able to research and figure out the landscaping design in time before the ground freezes. Although this week it as been 75 degrees. Thank you for all of your thoughts.