You’ve been admiring the colorful flowers in your neighborhood for the last few months, and now you can’t believe fall is already here. If you’re anything like us, you’ve been thinking of ways to bring a little color into your garden, even if it doesn’t feel like the right time. Thankfully, there is still some potential if you want a fall garden. With that in mind, what flowers grow in the fall?
Below is a list of flowers you can grow in the fall:
- Dusty Miller
- Balloon Flower
- Black-Eyed Susans
- Sweet Alyssum
- Beauty Berry
Above is just a shortlist of the various flowers you can grow in your fall garden. Below, we will dig into how to take care of your fall flowers. We will also address some unique ideas of how you can take advantage of the range of colors that come with these plants.
How To Take Care of Fall Flowers
Whether it be purple flowers, yellow flowers, or anything, fall comes with a great assortment of bright colors. These colors can greatly accent your house, even if it’s a bit late in the season.
However, caring for flowers during the fall season can be easier and more difficult in the same vein. Below are some tips you can use to take care of your fall garden:
Focus on Cold Tolerant Plants
The fall season comes with the potential for a light frost. Not many flowers can survive a frosting, but some are high on the USDA’s cold hardiness scale.
To grow out-of-season plants, you must be picky about the plants you install in your home. Growing out of season may be virtually impossible if you live further north, but some flowering bushes may tell us otherwise.
Mulch Your Garden Bed
You mulch your garden bed for one of two reasons:
- To kill weed seeds
- To maintain the temperature of the soil
Fall flowering plants can maintain their beauty due to resistance against lower soil temperature. However, much of that comes from the gardener’s understanding that mulching increases that temp.
After your plants have a few leaves above ground, mulch your garden to ensure the below temperature stays high.
Start in Spring
Seedlings have a far lower chance to survive during Autumn, even if they are hardy plants. To escape this issue, plant during the late spring so that your plants begin to grow over the fall.
This early start gives you plenty of time to prep your flowers for the upcoming temperature drop.
Pick A Sunny Spot
Unlike the late summer, fall doesn’t have as much sun exposure as you might want. Even partial shade plants suffer during the fall because of their position.
To address this limitation, you might need to move your flowers over to a non-standard spot. This movement may be complex in open-air gardens, but if you have part shade or part sun plants, you can kill them by exposing them to too much sun.
You may consider investing in some methods for shade in extreme cases.
Water Your Flowers During Moderate Temperature Times
A common mistake gardeners make while waiting for their fall plants to grow to follow regular watering schedules without regarding the temperature. That habit may be dangerous if you find out the following night is due for heavy frost. Suddenly, the ground is hard as ice, and your flowers aren’t doing great.
Water during days without any temperature extremes when possible. During temperate days, check the first three inches of ground with a spade to see how wet it is under the surface. If it isn’t, consider the soonest day you can water based on temperatures.
You can feasibly keep your plants moist during the days where it truly needs it through a strict schedule.
Bring Them Inside
With smaller flowers that are part shade (or at least not full sun), consider bringing them inside to warm them up. Regardless of your best efforts, plants may require more temperate conditions. Given that you probably have an air conditioner and a heater, they will probably like it better inside.
You can also consider investing in a greenhouse, which will allow you to maintain a garden all year long. Just be prepared to drop a pretty penny!
Regardless of how many feet tall or thick your flowers are, they are susceptible when frost hits. To ensure a successful fall flowering, you need to be in a colder climate that is somewhat temperate. With enough effort and good timing, you can potentially overcome that with the hardiest of flowers.
There’s a lot of colors that come with a fall garden. If your devotion to beautiful flowers is potent, you can overcome this challenge.
For additional tips to keep your garden beautiful, check out this guide on how to edge a garden with stones. Thanks for reading!