The summer months may see a myriad of bold and bright flowers, but did you know that fall blooms are just as beautiful? The front of your home and backyard will always look more inviting with a colourful garden, and why not keep your landscaping vibrant until the winter frost hits? Here’s a list of flowers that will elevate your garden this fall.
From the Victoria Blue Salvia, to the Mexican Sage and Pineapple Sage, there are many types of salvias, which bloom abundantly from mid-summer through late fall. You can grow them easily in a sunny spot, with moist, well-drained soil, and rest assured that they’re often ignored by deer, bunnies and other garden pests. They’re typically known and loved for their velvet blue and purple hues, but they also bloom in lavender, red and white.
Growing 4 to 6 feet tall, the Oriental Lily is one of the most gorgeous exotic plants you can add to your landscaping for fall. You can choose from colours including pink, rose, red, cream, white, yellow and orange, and most are painted with darker stripes and spots. They require a sunny to semi-sunny spot and well-drained soil with lots of organic matter. Don’t grow impatient with them – it may take a year or two to get a substantial bundle, but it will be worth it.
Perennial sunflowers are not quite as large as annual sunflowers (the one most people are familiar with), but they’re just as beautiful and can be found in varying shades of golds and a softer lemon yellow. They bloom in the late summer to early fall, with multiple, modestly-sized flowers. Plant them in full sun, and to keep them from flopping over, plant them next to other tall plants, walls or fences for support.
Also known as Mums, Chrysanthemums are the quintessential fall flower, blooming when the nights start getting longer and cooler. Available in a huge selection of colours, sizes and flower forms, you can use them potted or throughout your landscaping. They’re breathtaking whether they’re planted by themselves or among other fall flowers, and all they need is a sunny location and a watering whenever the top of the soil starts to dry.
Zinnias are one of the fastest growing flowers, and if planted from seed, they bloom in just 6 to 8 weeks and last from summer to frost. They’re available in a variety of bold and pastel colours, bi-colour, and tri-colour, as well as single petals, semi-doubles and doubles.
The Nippon Daisy, or Montauk Daisy is extremely easy to care for and blooms late in the season, retaining its colour up until a hard freeze. The pretty white flowers grow 24 to 36 inches tall and are frost tolerant, so you can enjoy them for quite some time. They thrive in full sun and well-drained soil, and are also rich in nectar, attracting colourful butterflies to your garden.
If you’re wondering what to will bloom and what to plant this fall, here is our list to keep your landscape colourful until frost hits.