|I wanted to know if the middle of October is a good time to transplant my phlox, purple coneflower, sage, coreopsis and rudbeckia. Also, will they do well in a partially shaded area that has about four hours of sun.|
|In my experience, all of these perennials would prefer more than just four hours of sun. They will grow best in full sun which means direct sun all day long or for a minimum of six hours including the hour of noon. If the four hours runs from noon until four in the afternoon, it might be enough. You could experiment and see. |
Fall can be a good time to divide or transplant perennials. It is best done in early fall so they have time to become established before the ground freezes. A rough rule of thumb would be at least 8 weeks before the ground freezes. In many areas of the country, it is too late. But if you are in an area with mild winters, you could still transplant.