Fall planting. Many plants will appreciate being transplanted in October, since mild temperatures and still-warm soils permit optimal plant growth. In the middle and high zones, wait until spring to plant heat-loving to tender perennials, like Lantana and some broad-leaved evergreen trees and shrubs (including evergreen oak species and India hawthorn). It's unlikely they will establish before colder weather, an planting them in the fall can result in severe damage to foliage and newer branches. Those in the low zone can still plant most of the species the higher zones cannot, since adequate root development is likely before colder weather strikes. Turfgrass. No matter your zone, it is too late in the year to plant or seed any warm-season lawns or turf, such as Zoysia or Bermudagrass. The exception is cool-season turf for the oasis areas of middle and high zones, which can be sodded with proper soil preparation and regular irrigation.