Best Items to Plant for Your Fall Landscaping
As we're all gearing up for Fall, you're probably beginning to think about how to transition your landscaping to be Fall/Winter friendly. Here are some of the best items experts say you can plant in the Fall that will survive the colder temperatures while still adding color to your landscaping.
Probably the most commonly planted Fall and Winter flowers are pansies because of their excellent resilience to the colder temperatures. They're a great option for your flower beds or for containers.
Violas look like tiny pansies and are known for being just as resilient when it comes to the colder temperatures, so they are another great option for your flower beds and planters. Fun Fact: They're also edible so you can use them as garnishes or to decorate cakes!
When we think of Fall color, we instantly think of mums. You can purchase them pre-planted in planters to put on your front porch, or if you want them included in your landscaping, experts recommend you get them in the ground as soon as possible in the Fall so they'll have a greater chance of surviving Winter.
Dianthus are another annual flower that add beautiful color to your Fall landscaping. You can use it to add temporary color to containers, or if you want them to last a little longer through the winter, plant them in the ground early in the season so they'll have a greater chance of surviving the cold temperatures.
Flowering Cabbage & Kale
Yes, we said kale. Believe it or not, even if you're not a fan of eating cabbage or kale, they're beautiful to plan in your containers or your beds and they can survive until temperatures hit 5 degrees. Pair them up with sweet alyssum, mums, or violas for a winning combination of color!
Fall is a great time to add some sturdy ground covers to your landscaping like Liriope which is an evergreen perennial with leaf colors ranging from green to black to variegated. In late summer, Liriope will sprout purple flower spikes, so you can enjoy it year-round!
This cool-season favorite is great for bringing color and fragrance to your landscaping. In warmer climates, they'll provide color all the way through Winter (they can survive into the mid-20's). In colder climates, they're a great option for planters up until those freezing cold temperatures really hit.
Experts suggest planting hydrangeas in the Fall to prepare for your Spring landscaping. You'll have to pay more in the Spring for hydrangeas that already have flowers on them. But if you buy and plant them in the Fall, you can get them at a discount and then they'll be ready to bloom in the Spring!