How's your garden looking these days? There's a good chance you've got some flowers that are losing their color while others have already turned brown. You may be thinking it's time to pack up your trowel, hose, and other garden supplies and put them into your storage shed for the winter. But not so fast! Planting annuals at this time of year can give your garden renewed color. Today, I have some ideas for annuals that can add to the beauty of your garden.
- Chrysanthemums: Plant chrysanthemums and you can enjoy blooms in red, orange, white, purple, yellow, or all of the above! These flowers grow best for folks living in growing zones 5 through 9. Chrysanthemums bloom from September to the first frost. Be sure to plant them in well-drained soil in full sunlight.
- Pansies: Red, bronze, blue, lavender, yellow, orange, and purple are just a sampling of the pansy colors you can find. Plant your pansies in well-drained soil in an area with partial shade. These cold-weather flowers do best in growing zone 6 and above. Pansies can survive a frost and flourish until the temperature falls below 10 degrees for a long period of time.
- Celosia: These red, orange, yellow, or purple feathery flowers can survive a winter in growing zones 10 and 11. They need at least eight hours of sunlight per day and well-drained soil to flourish.
- Croton: Croton is a warm-weather plant that does best in growing zones 9 through 15. Plant your croton in an area that receives full sunlight. Its lovely shades of orange, yellow, and purple make this a favorite plant for the fall.
- Flowering Kale: If you live in a growing zone between 2 and 11, consider planting flowering kale. This plant can withstand freezing temperatures and flourish even in the wintertime! Flowering kale is a standout in a fall garden with its shades of pink, white, and red.
- Asters: Asters are beautiful in a fall garden with their purple, blue, pink, or white petals. Also, they attract pollinators like butterflies. I like the idea of looking out into my garden to see a beautiful monarch or swallowtail stopping by for a visit. Asters need at least six hours of sunlight per day to stay healthy. They do best in growing zones 3 through 8 and can flower until the first frost.
- Ornamental Peppers: The color of an ornamental pepper changes as it grows. They can be yellow, orange, red, purple, black, or white. They grow well in zones 9 through 11. These peppers need full sunlight to grow and survive until the first frost.
- Black-Eyed Susans: These brilliant yellow flowers with a dark center fare best in growing zones 3 through 9. They like an area with full sunlight and bloom until the first hard frost.
- Viola: Like pansies, violas grow really well in cold weather. Plant your violas in partial shade and well-drained soil. They can grow in zones 5 through 10. Violas are available in many beautiful colors, including blue, purple, yellow, lavender, and red, making it easy to brighten up your fall garden.
- Calendula: This low-maintenance bright yellow/orange flower grows best in zones 9 to 11. Calendula continues to grow into the fall as its color deepens. This flower needs to be put into well-drained soil and is excellent at attracting bees and butterflies to a garden.
- The word "pansy" comes from the French word "pensée," meaning "thought."
- Ornamental peppers are edible, but many people say they lack the flavor of other types of peppers.
- Violas are sometimes called Johnny-jump-ups because their seeds grow so quickly.
- Ornamental kale is also called ornamental cabbage.
I hope you take some time to refresh your garden with more color to savor this fall. Thanks for reading. - Alan