Late Fall: Frigid air but no ice in the ground yet

Tulip trees or tulip poplars (Liriodendron tulipifera) glow gold long after ash and maple leaves have turned and fallen. Tulip poplar is a species that loves moisture so the trees concentrate along creek beds. Thus in late fall they paint flowing ribbons of color down the mountainsides in the Great Smoky range. 

Late Fall

These ensemble editions of our What's Up! and Grow newsletters were written for Late Fall. They address what people see in Late Fall as well as what they could be doing then to have a more beautiful, productive, easy-care garden.

  • It's Late Fall when the last leaves fall and then freezes come.
  • In Zone 5-6, that's Mid-November to Mid-December after plants are killed by frigid air but before the ground freezes


What's Coming Up 15: November, Water, new plants' roots, pruning, fall color


What's Up 69-70, 120 and 122 Not here yet! Working on it.
           Until then, see our CD Potting Up Perennials

What's Coming Up 68: November, Raking loopers, I.D. pests, dress a Japanese maple for winter

What's Coming Up 71: Poinsettias, lichens, jade cut back, winter protection

What's Coming Up 119: November, Dahlia, lawn care, roses in winter, tool care

What's Coming Up 121: Design, tools, gifts, shovel v spade, holiday greens

What's Coming Up 164: Galled leaves, rose mulch, potted maples

What's Coming Up 165: Spring blooms in winter, jade in trouble, orchids, yews, Alabama garden

                                                                                                                            A great natural garden, the
                                                                                                                              Great Smoky Mountains National Park

What's Coming Up 166: Rose care, prune falsecypress, pruning tools, cutworm, bird seed, wiltpruf

What's Coming Up 190: Cut down, control mildew, use fall color, race a storm

What's Coming Up 204: Grubs, bulbs, oak problems, Harry Lauder, much more

Growing Concerns 490: November, How late can you plant in fall

Growing Concerns 491: November, Dwarf burning bushes, moving perennials

Growing Concerns 492: November, Garden hose directions, mums

Growing Concerns 493: December, Houseplant help, Hibisus not flowering

Growing Concerns 494: December, Male-female bushes 

Growing Concerns 541: November, Great fall color in trees

Growing Concerns 542: November, Acorn trees grow fast, and others too

Growing Concerns 543: November, Gardening assistance for seniors

Growing Concerns 544: December, How to winterize perennials, lilyturf

Growing Concerns 593:  November, Short stories for December gardening

Growing Concerns 594:  November, Lemon tree, Brown arbs, Holiday lights

Growing Concerns 595:  December, Sap dripping pine, plant poisoning plants

Growing Concerns 596:  December, Kindness can kill Jade


Late fall is still fine for planting, transplanting and just about everything else. Those of us in zone 5 and colder start a late fall day pretty wrapped up but quickly shed layers as work and the day warm up.