I don’t know about you, but as a somewhat beginner gardner whenever I have new plants, I am always monitoring their progress.  The fall for me sometimes comes with anxiety if I have a new deciduous shrub or tree.  If I haven’t gone through an autumn with a new plant and I start seeing the yellowing of the leaves, I have to remind myself that this is natural.

Lilac in the Fall, leaves brown and fall off

Here is my Miss Kim Lilac--Looks a lil dead, but come spring, Renewal

Many new and even experienced gardeners wonder if their plant is dying once and a while, and we all must remember–

Two important things about gardening:

  1. Consider the season when evaluating your plant’s health.  The fall is the time when leaves change, crinkle and fall off of deciduous plants. Labeling plants really help to keep the sanity, in case you forget if a new shrub is supposed to lose it’s leaves.
  2. Accepting death as a part of gardening in order to enjoy it for the long term.  Many people say to me…I tried gardening, but everything died….when I dug a little deeper, most of the time just a few plants died and people give up.  You have to be willing to let go when you are a gardener…some things live and some things die.  That is one of the most valuable lessons I have learned on my gardening journey.  What works in one person’s garden, may not in yours.  That’s ok.  Just keep at it.  Your persistence will be rewarded.
So just a friendly sanity-check reminder to all gardeners.  Don’t fret over leaves browning and crinkling this time of year.  It’s all part of the process.  Those crinkle leaves will fall and come spring, all will be renewed.  And if you lose a shrub or two in the process….celebrate the ones that made it.

Leaves are supposed to turn yellow and brown this time of year...breathe

How about you? Do you have a little autumn anxiety? What tips do you have to share to when plants die?
Happy Gardening!