While spring may be the most common season to tend to your flower garden, that doesn’t mean you can’t grow something beautiful this fall! August is often the perfect time to start planting because it encourages root growth in the soil before things start freezing, giving your garden a head start for the spring. Plus, these flowers look great in your yard during the autumn season.
These fall favorites bloom in a variety of colors and shapes. They are perennials that grow best in soil that is moist but not soggy and thrive in full sunlight.
While flowering tends to slow during the hottest days of summer, marigolds stay looking fresh and vital throughout the fall and can be either perennials or annuals. Make sure they get full sunlight, and plant them next to vegetables, as marigolds emit a scent that keeps away pests.
These large, funnel-shaped flowers take a hit when it’s too hot, but by trimming them in the summertime, you help encourage growth in the fall. They can grow in partial shade but typically work best in full sunlight. Likewise, in most of the country they are planted as annuals, but can also be tender perennials–however, they can’t handle frost.
You’ll want to use a slow-release fertilizer as hot temperatures tend to be tough on violets. But these beauties will bounce back in the fall and look radiant. Plant these perennials in full to partial shade.
Named for their appearance, snapdragons are perennials that thrive in cool climates under full sun and grow in a variety of colors.
These traditional classics, known for their height, usually start blooming in the mid-to late summer under full sun. They’re perennials or annuals, and as a bonus, you can harvest their seeds to plant next year.
It’s not too late to get your garden looking great. A little work at the end of the summer will reap beautiful rewards in the fall.