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Spring isn’t the only time to fill your beds, borders, and containers with flowers.

Add color, texture, and cheer to your fall garden.

Pansies and Violas are the main ones for fall planting. They prefer the cool weather. They can take frosts and still bloom!

You get your money’s worth when you plant them in the fall, as they will bloom all fall, periodically through the winter, and burst out in spring!

Also, Snapdragons, Dianthus, Ornamental Cabbage, and Kale are good fall choices.

Fall mums and asters are traditional flowers at this time of the year,  but you will need to cover or protect the mums if you get a frost. It will kill mum blossoms.

Prepare the soil by adding peat moss, but not compost if you are planting pansies or violas

(they are sensitive to ammonia given off in the composting process).

You will need to water them well, then carefully check the watering for two weeks.

When it’s cooler, they may not need to be watered every day, only when the surface looks dry or, of course, if they will wilt.

Then, after a couple of weeks, they should be rooted out, and you can water as needed.

These all look great in containers with pumpkins or other fall decorations.

But if you put them in containers, they might need to be watered daily, depending on the location and temperatures.

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Source: customer-service@bestyard.com in collaboration with Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado