Trees and shrubs should be trimmed properly to ensure their healthy growth, according to Master Gardener Oyana Wilson. Young plants should be pruned to guide their future development while older ones should be trimmed to boost their growth. Shrubs should not be pruned in the late fall since doing so increases their exposure to frost, Wilson advised.
Planting trees in the fall requires careful planning to ensure that they will flourish in spring, Molly Day writes. The tree's planting site should be situated near an irrigation system and have a good drainage. The planting hole should be as deep as the soil found in the container of the tree, but up to five times wider to allow the root system to expand, Day notes.
The Mexican bush sage plant can enliven autumn gardens because it produces purple or lavender calyces with vibrant blossoms, Molly Day writes. The plant flourishes under full sunlight exposure, but it can be grown in partial shade. It requires moderate irrigation and removal of its flowers once they have wilted, Day notes.
Texas' historically dry weather has damaged plants, and its full impact may not be immediately realized, experts say. Landscaping projects should be deferred until the cooler weather comes in, one landscape designer said.
When designing a dream garden, it's often useful to look at the annual recommendations of the Perennial Plant Association, writes Molly Day. The association ranks plants by beauty, hardiness and ease of growth and maintenance. Past winners include Danish ornamental grasses and jumbo Shasta daisies.