Exceptional Fall Interest!

by andy

Fall is a second spring, when every leaf is a flower! (the flowers, berries, stems, and bark are nice too!)

It’s always a good idea to incorporate a full season of interest into your garden beds, utilizing different textures, colors, and bloom times throughout the year. Now is the time to strengthen your landscape’s fall and winter display… cooler temperatures and higher rainfall make it the perfect time to plant. Plants installed in the fall usually outperform those planted in the spring!

In addition to mums, kales, cabbages, and pansies, there are many hardy varieties with exceptional fall interest. Below is a small selection of the many beautiful plants available at the Nursery to brighten up your fall and winter:


Montauk Daisies: White flowers with yellow centers display a classic daisy look, starting in late summer and lasting well into fall. Its dark green foliage is shiny to the eye and leathery to the touch. Both its flowers and leaves can withstand frost!

Stonecrop: While noted for its succulent, cabbage-like rosettes of foliage, stonecrop’s real interest is in its flowers. In summer, bright green buds appear above the foliage and then gradually open to reveal masses of tiny, rose colored flowers in fall!


Abelia ‘Kaleidoscope’: Produces an abundance of fragrant, white, trumpet-shaped flowers starting in summer and lasting until fall. Its variegated foliage turns to a combination of green, yellow, orange, and red in fall, displayed on brilliant red stems!

Winterberry: A crop of showy, bright red berries emerges in late summer and persists through fall and often into spring, providing a burst of color in the winter landscape. This native, vase-shaped shrub is noted for its disease and insect resistance!


Maple ‘October Glory’: Red, red, red! Dense clusters of red flowers, red winged seeds, red stems, red twigs, red buds, and, in fall, brilliant orange-red foliage. This fast-growing tree retains its beautiful leaves longer than other varieties, well into fall!

Amelanchier ‘Autumn Brilliance’: White flowers bloom in spring and are followed by edible fruits that resemble blueberries in taste. Leaves emerge bronzy, mature to dark green, and finally turn a brilliant orange-red in fall. Oh, and it’s native too!

A few helpful links:

Fall is for Planting
Tree and Shrub Planting Instructions
Fall Foliage Explained
Lawn Renovation: The Thayer Difference

    Tree and Shrub Planting Instructions

    by Thayer Nursery

    Preparing the hole

    Dig a hole that is slightly more shallow than the depth of the root ball and twice as wide. Loosen the soil in the planting hole to allow the roots to grow easily.

    Preparing the plant

    If the plant is in a container, gently remove the pot. It may be necessary to carefully cut the pot off.

    If the plant is burlapped, either completely remove the burlap or expose the top half of the root ball.

    If the plant is root bound, gently loosen the root ball so that the roots spread out.

    Placing the plant

    Handling the plant by its root ball, place it in the hole. The root flare should be about an inch above grade.

    Backfilling the hole

    Backfill the hole with 1/2 existing soil and 1/2 compost or planting mix. When backfilled halfway, water the soil to help it settle. Avoid overly packing the soil.

    Mulching the plant

    To help keep the root system warm and moist, spread 2″ of mulch around the plant. Mulch up to, but not touching, the trunk.

    Watering the plant

    Water your plant once a day for at least 2 weeks by placing a slow-dripping hose on top of the root ball for about half an hour.

      Spring… A Fresh Start!

      by Thayer Nursery

      For gardeners, spring is the real beginning of the New Year and it represents a fresh start! At Thayer Nursery, this spring in particular promises exciting new changes. We are turning 47 this year and decided it might be time for a makeover. We have engaged experts, including landscape architects and engineers, to help us redesign the Nursery. We look forward to working with the Planning Board on this exciting new design, which will help us to preserve the historical, agricultural use of our property. It will also help us to protect our neighbors from the odors and noises that accompany some of our activities.

      Our goals remain unchanged: to provide high quality plant material, accessory products, horticultural information, and services within our community. As always, we strive to enhance the quality of your living environment and to exceed your expectations while doing so. The Nursery takes pride in its consistent performance, which is made possible by the knowledgeable and creative staff here. Through dedication, responsibility, and professionalism, our mission is to grow as a family, to make consistent and ethical practices profitable, and to provide great experiences to our customers and community.

      Now more than ever, there are many budding landscapers in the industry; the Thayer Nursery difference is that we will still be here after their bloom is gone. Call or stop by to discover an entire company focused on serving your needs and dedicated to your success. When you are invested in your landscape and in the Town of Milton, it is good to know that your landscaper is too. Serving Milton agriculture isn’t just something we do, it’s everything we do.

      There truly are many exciting things to look forward to and work toward in the coming season… May it be productive, may it be fruitful, and may be it be a fresh start for all of us!

      Happy Spring!
      Maggie, Thayer Nursery