Seasonal Tips for late Autumn Planting of Perennials in Wisconsin

Peonies – and Perennials to Plant in Fall! 

As we move into fall, and we’re still enjoying some warm days, but cooler nights. So now is the time to consider adding perennials and flowering shrubs that will add color and beauty to your landscaping.

Planting in fall, is, most often a perfect time to plant and allow the plant to become established for next the next year’s growing season.  In general, plants with shallow, fibrous root systems can be planted more easily in the fall than those with fewer, larger roots.  

These include perennials and shrubs & trees such as: 

This upcoming month of October Heritage Hill is offering 50% off of all Perennials, so it’s a really perfect time to consider planting! 

Last week and still showing in the spotlight is the Sunsparkler® Firecracker Sedum, a perennial you may want to consider!

A few weeks back, we featured the beautiful Sara Bernhardt Peony on our Spotlight Page.The peony is, without a doubt one of the most favored beautiful plants in Wisconsin. We recommend the below article for great planting advice for peonies from Farmer’s almanac! 

Courtesy Farmer’s Almanac Planting Peonies

Remember if you have any questions, contact our knowledgeable horticulturist & owner, Jason. He’ll help you make good decisions on what will work best and how to properly tend to your new plantings. Visit the Heritage Hill Nursery and garden center now! We are conveniently located, close to Cedarburg, Jackson, West Bend, Slinger, WI.


Take advantage of our
October Special Offer! 



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October Special Deals! 

October in Wisconsin is spectacular. Moderate temperatures, cool evenings, colors bursting.  It is a glorious time to be outdoors! 

Which of course offers us the opportunity to spruce up our flower beds and landscaping.  

One of the most beautiful of the late summer flowering perennials is the Sunsparkler® Firecracker Sedum, one of the highlighted features last month on our Spotlight page. Rich, deep, autumn burgundy with contrasting pink flowers blooms in late summer into fall. This is just one example of our perennial specials. There are surely many other options to choose from. 

Additionally, throughout October, all balled and burlap trees are also a whopping 50% off!  Recently, on our seasonal tips, we offered ideas about fall planting  that includes helpful info when you are ready to do your October garden work and start planning for next year.  

If your not quite sure about what to plant, talk to our experienced horticulturist & owner, Jason. He will be happy to advise you and provide suggestions. 

Better yet, perhaps you are ready to consider a revamp of your landscaping, or you just need to freshen it up.  Consider Heritage Hill to design and implement a landscape / hardscape project!  

Be sure to check our Seasonal Tips blog for all kinds of helpful information to keep your yard and garden looking simply beautiful!

Visit the Heritage Hill Nursery and garden center now! We are conveniently located, close to Cedarburg, Jackson, West Bend, Slinger, WI.


Wow! 50% off Perennials 

Trees- spring dug, balled and burlap, all varieties 50% off
(EXCLUDES potted trees, & trees dug in fall)

Planting Before the First Frost in Wisconsin

In our neck of the woods, Southeastern Wisconsin, fall planting for perennials, flowers and trees is really perfect.  

On average the first frost runs sometime between September 30 to October 30. Fall offers many benefits for planting, not the least of which is the warm soil under the surface to allows root structures to flourish, whereas with spring planing, only a few inches deep the ground may still be quite cool and even still retain a frost line. 

Plus fall weather often offers fewer rainy, soggy days;  (although we have had our share this year!), but generally adequate rainfall; the garden pests are reduced; and you should have no need of fertilizer – wait until spring to fertilize. As with any new planting, if the rain is not there, then, make sure to water your new growth so it receives at least an inch of water every week before the colds sets in. 

A double whammy is that here at Heritage Hill we have our end of the season special discounts. Right now buy 4 potted trees and get the 5th absolutely free. Come October, we’ll be offering another planting opportunity.. visit us then as well, to see what you may want to add to your fall planting plans! 


 Take advantage of our
October whopper deals!

AND 50% Off of all Balled & Burlap Trees! 




Caring for Roses in the Fall

This week’s spotlight is the Mystic Fairy Shrub Rose.  So we putting out info courtesy of Heirloom Roses, on how to keep your rose bush healthy as we move into winter.

High temperatures may have induced a brief period of summer dormancy, especially in hotter parts of the country, but once the weather starts to cool, many roses put on a fantastic show well into fall. The change in weather often brings wind and rainy conditions; the reappearance of diseases like black spot and powdery mildew provide a reminder that next year’s success depends on putting the roses to bed for the winter.


10 Steps for a Healthier Spring


  1. Stop deadheading 8 to 10 weeks before the first frost. This will harden off roses, allowing tender new growth time to toughen prior to potentially damaging cold weather. If your roses have hips, allow them to develop naturally. You’ll be rewarded with seasonal interest.
  2. Stop transplanting and fertilizing prior to the onset of cold weather to prevent the rose from pushing new growth. No-nitrogen fertilizers intended to promote root development, such as super phosphates, are an exception to this rule and can be applied in fall and winter.
  3. Rake up and destroy all leaves at the base of roses. Do not compost, as this could spread pathogens. Many fungal diseases that affect roses overwinter on the rose or as litter on the ground. Removing this material will reduce problems the following spring.
  4. Clip off diseased leaves from the bush. Pulling leaves off can create small tears along the stem and provide an entry point for disease.
  5. Prune off failed buds (called balling) that did not open due to rainy conditions. This will help to prevent botrytis dieback.


Read the next 5 steps!  




Visit our Spotlight this week
to learn more about the gorgeous
Easy Elegance® Mystic Fairy® Rose

Prepare for Hot Weather – Wisconsin Gardens & Lawns

Perennial Care for Late June & Early July 

Continue evaluating your garden.  You can keep planting if you have time and space.  During hot dry spells, pay extra attention to newly added plants.  Perennials need on average about an inch of water per week.  If you don’t have the time to keep up with the watering, consider mulching your beds.  Spreading mulch, being careful not to bury any plants, will help to retain moisture longer.   Prune back spring flowering plants such as bleeding hearts, to ground level.  Old stems of leggy plants such as delphiniums can be cut back to the fresh growth at the base of the plant.  This encourages new growth and prolongs flowering.  Stop pinching back asters, mums or other fall blooming plants this month.


Courtesy Courtesy of  Gardening in Wisconsin by Melinda Myers Revised Edition


Begin watering your lawn as needed for the summer. Or alternatively, do not water and allow the lawn to go dormant (i.e., turn brown) if natural rains are insufficient. It will brown, but comes back when it rains. However, keep in mind, that dry conditions for your lawn may invite hardy weeds to grow.

Early in July (e.g., around Independence Day), fertilize with a controlled-release or slow-release fertilizer.  For grass growing in the sun, use the label rate of the fertilizer that you have selected.  For grass growing in the shade, apply half of the label rate.  If your lawn has been consistently fertilized for 10 to 15 years, if you leave clippings on your lawn when you mow, or if your lawn has gone dormant, skip this application. 

Questions about planting, feeding and watering? Take advantage of our knowledgeable horticulturist & owner, Jason. He is here to help you make good decisions on what will work best and how to properly tend to your new plantings. Visit the Heritage Hill Nursery and garden center now! We are conveniently located, close to Cedarburg, Jackson, West Bend, Slinger, WI.


Remember to take advantage of the June Special Offers
Good through June 30th.

AND 20% off all Varieties 
of Forsythias!

June Lawn & Garden Tips for Southeast Wisconsin


The use of perennial beds has grown in popularity over the years as well as the quest for year-round color and interest.  Proper planning and maintenance can help achieve just that.  When creating a perennial bed or adding plants to an existing one, select the style that fits your landscape and interests.  Here are a few ideas to make maintenance easier:

  • Select and plant the right perennial for your growing conditions.
  • Start small and expand your garden as time allows. Perennial beds do require some upkeep, so if you don’t have much time it’s better to start off smaller than be overwhelmed with weeds.
  • Consider using fewer species but planting more of each variety. An overcrowded bed quickly becomes a lot of work.
  • Plan for year-round interest. Choose plants that bloom at different times during the season.   Don’t be afraid to use annuals for early spring blooms or for filling in gaps.
  • Include plants that will not only provide winter interest, but also food for the wildlife such as ornamental grasses, rudbeckias, coneflowers and other seed pod plants.
  • Consider adding foliage plants that have fall color like coral bells, sedums and evening primrose

June Tips:

Cool wet springs mean lots of diseases.  Remove spotted, blotchy, or discolored leaves as soon as they are found.  Watch for leaf-hoppers, aphids, mites and spittle bugs.  These insects all suck out plant juices causing leaves to yellow, brown and die.  Check for signs of wildlife.  Deer and rabbits love certain perennials and will need to apply repellents or noise makers to deter them from destruction.  Remove weeds as soon as they appear.  If your plants need a little nutrition boost, consider using fertilizer or top dress beds every two to four years by spreading a good compost into the soil. 

As plants begin to flower and fade, deadhead to prevent unwanted seedlings, prolong bloom, and improve the overall appearance of the garden.  Tall or top-heavy plants such as peonies, will need to have cages or stakes for support.  It is easier to address those issues before they get to that point.    To prevent fall plants such as asters and mums from getting to big, or flowering to early pinch back the tops.

Be sure to check our In the Spotlight for more ideas of plants, shrubs, flowers to beautify your home! 

Questions about planting, feeding and watering? Take advantage of our knowledgeable horticulturist & owner, Jason. He is here to help you make good decisions on what will work best and how to properly tend to your new plantings. Visit the Heritage Hill Nursery and garden center now! We are conveniently located, close to Cedarburg, Jackson, West Bend, Slinger, WI.

25% off Terrariums!

20% off Forsythias!
All Varieties

Throughout June