10 Flowers to Plant Right Now

Make your fall garden bloom before and after the first frost.

Posted by Jordan Laio | Sep 14, 2010
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With proper planning, there are a plethora of beautiful fall-blooming perennial and annual flowers that you can grow from seed. However, you may prefer the convenience of buying plantings at a nursery on an as-needed basis. In the fall, your local garden center should have a selection of cool-weather loving flowers ready to take home.

Some will tolerate frost and last into the snowy months, while others, like cosmos and marigolds, live fast and die young with the first frost of winter. Often you can find these frost-sensitive flowers at bargain prices since their season is essentially over, and in that case, buying them might be worth it for two additional months of beautiful blossoms. Here is a list of fall flowers that you can plant right now to keep your yard looking great.

Asters

 

Asters produce pretty daisy-like flowers in a range of colors and, depending on the species, are frost tolerant. In order to avoid diseases, don't plant annual asters in the same place year after year. Preferably plant in either full sun or partial shade in moist, well-drained soil.

Cabbage and Kale

While not actual flowers, ornamental cabbages and kales have been bred to look colorful and eye-catching. They are definitely attractive and can tolerate freezing temperatures, keeping up appearances into the snowy months. Their colors may not fill out until the plant has experienced a few frosts. Plant in a sunny location with moderately moist soil. 

Calendula

A cheery, golden addition to the fall garden with medicinal qualities, calendula flowers grow up to 4 inches across and come in a variety of shades. Easy to grow, they help deter some garden pests and will tolerate light frosts. Although calendulas prefer full sun, they can tolerate partial shade.

Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemums (nicknamed "mums") are very easy to grow and come in a vast array of color and size. They can tolerate light frosts so they compliment the fall garden oerfectly. Autumn varieties prefer full to partial sun and moist soil.

Cosmos

 

Cosmos are very pretty flowers for the fall but cannot tolerate frost. They are drought tolerant and depending on the variety, will grow from 1 to 3 feet tall. Prefer full sun.  

Daisies

Another beautiful and easy to grow flower, daisies look best when planted in groups or clumps. They are rarely affected by pests or diseases and are frost tolerant. Plant in rich, well-drained soil with plenty of sunshine.

Marigolds

 

While not frost tolerant, marigolds come in beautiful fall reds, golds, and yellows. They will last until the first frost. Generally, marigolds are considered good companion plants for keeping pests away from vegetable gardens. They prefer full to partial sun and rich, well-drained soil. 

Pansies

 

Pansies are one of my favorite ornamental flowers. They have a delicate appearance and come in many different color combinations. They are low maintenance and can even survive past the first frost. They prefer full to partial sun and moist soil.

Petunias

 

Trumpet-shaped and colorful, petunias are a well-liked flower. The violet-flowered petunia is frost tolerant, but other types will last until the first frost. They prefer full sun but can tolerate partial shade.

Snapdragons

 

A front yard favorite, snapdragons produce an abundance of flowers in bright colors and enjoy cool fall weather. They can tolerate a heavy frost. They grow 1.5 to 3 feet tall and prefer full sun.

These flowers will keep your garden looking fresh for the next couple months. As an aside, the fall is also prime time to start thinking about spring flowers. Plan ahead and plant spring bulbs in October.

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