- 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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