Gardening 101: The Joys of Fall Annuals

Many people find it hard to decide whether fall or spring is their favorite season; both seasons bring vibrant colors to the landscape! While fall is primarily known for the gorgeous colors that the trees turn, fall and winter loving flowers compliment gardens and containers beautifully. With a feeding of a quality fertilizer in fall and late winter, your fall flowers will perform just the way you hoped! Now that you know the difference between annuals and perennials, here are a few beautiful fall annuals to brighten up your garden.

Pansies and Violas– Arguably the most well known fall flower, pansies can be used in containers or in flowerbeds. They also are stunning when tightly grouped together. If well taken care of, pansies can also last through the winter. Pansies and Violas look beautiful by themselves but paired with snapdragons, ornamental cabbages and mums, gardens and containers come alive! Another wonderful aspect of pansies, violas and snapdragons is that they look beautiful in the fall and come back from a harsh winter to bloom like crazy in late winter through late spring and early summer!
* Deer and bunnies love pansies and violas. Surrounding your flower bed with Milorganite will help keep those 4 legged critters at bay. (And will add a bit of fertilizer too.)

Chrysanthemums – The quintessential fall flower. Mums are grown for gardens (Belgian mums) and for indoor décor (florist mums). Belgian Mums are prolific bloomers with a rounded growth habit, easy to grow, and are available in a wide range of colors. They are hardy in your garden and containers, and bloom for up to 6 weeks. In our area, mums may come back but we consider them annuals due to our hot summers.

Sedum – This hardy plant is the gardener’s dream; it is drought tolerant, requires little care, and looks good all year long. Fall is the time when sedum bursts into color. Because there are many different colorful varieties ranging from a few inches to several feet high, you can add interesting textures as well as color to your landscape.

cabbageFlowering Cabbages and Kale – Want to add something super interesting to your garden and containers? This fall try some annual flowering cabbages, kale, and swiss chard. Cool looking rosettes in bold colors transform fall gardens in showplaces. Pair with pansies, mums, and snapdragons to add interesting textures.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to stop by The Family Tree to speak with one of our knowledgeable associates! We can help you with the best plants for any area of your yard, whether it’s a flower bed or a container garden!