When the plants in your garden look so good that you know you will want more of them next year, what are you to do? It depends upon your level of patience. You could wait until spring to buy more mature plants at your local nursery, if you want to pay full price. Right now, a visit to the clearance racks of local plant sellers may reveal some bargain plants that you could nurture back to health until next year. Your existing perennials can be dug up and divided now, so that divisions can be planted in more locations around your landscape. Alternately, if you are the patient type, then you may be able to harvest the seeds of your plants and keep them until next year, and then grow them during the early spring to plant out when the soil temperature is right.
Patient gardeners, here is a list that includes key points to remember when choosing to harvest seeds for next year.
After the darker days of winter have passed, and when spring rolls around again, pull out your seeds. Start planning your garden a little early by sprouting your seeds even before your landscape starts sending up shoots.