It may not look (or feel like it yet), but fall is approaching. While it might be a bummer that summer is coming to an end for some, we couldn’t be more excited to start our fall planting. Now is the time to start thinking about your fall landscape. And when you think of having autumn colors in your landscaping, don’t forget about planting fall flowers. Fall-foliage trees or shrubs with colorful autumn leaves are king, but flowers can add as much color, and are a quick and versatile alternative. With berry purples, oranges, and gold-toned color palettes, tour top flowers, and plants for fall planting can withstand those chilly nights and bring vibrant colors to your autumn days.
Marigolds are one of the most popular fall planting picks. This is because they bloom in the classic autumn colors: orange, yellow, gold, etc. They produce bold colors and striking flowers and are great for creating festive landscape displays. Many marigold plantings in the late summer and fall will actually outperform a spring planting in terms of lasting in the landscape.
A fragrant and colorful groundcover. It can form a lush carpet in shades of white, purple or pink. Sweet Alyssum also makes a great edging or front-of-the-border plant. It also thrives in rock gardens or tucked between flagstones. Another great use for it is to plant in hanging containers, letting the flowers dangle off the sides for an effortlessly undone look.
Pansies are another popular fall flower choice. These fall annuals are perfect for plant beds, borders, containers, and large groupings of fall flowers. Pansies come in an array of color combinations, including yellows, purples, blues, and oranges.
Stick to the traditional fall color palette with the flame-like flowers. The sun-loving annual doesn’t always produce plumes, but when they do they don’t disappoint. Some varieties like the cockscomb, develop a crest of beautiful curvy flowers.
Fall wouldn’t be fall without the cheery yellow flowers of goldenrod. Despite the common belief, goldenrod does not cause allergies, but it can spread to unmanageable proportions. Grey Goldenrod and Zig-zag Goldenrod are better-behaved plants and our preferred varieties.
With yellow petals and brown centers, false sunflowers live up to their name. But these perennials will bloom year after year from midsummer into fall. Heliopsis make lovely cut flowers and are very attractive to hummingbirds, bees, and to butterflies, who like to perch on the flat blossoms and sip nectar.
Fall’s most popular flower symbolizes optimism, joy, and longevity. Just steer clear of the yellow variety which is sometimes associated with slighted love. They’re perfect for container gardening, so fear not if you don’t have room for a big garden.
One of a group of great native plants in the daisy family, helenium offers cheery yellow, orange, or red blooms at the end of the season. These tough plants thrive in sunny gardens, tolerate moist locations, and bloom for weeks. Butterflies also love to hang around these vibrant flowers.
While color comes to mind immediately, color is but one of the five basic parts of landscape design. The texture and form of some of our top fall picks can also be used to improve your autumn landscaping look. Just remember to be creative and have fun with your design! The possibilities are endless when planning your fall landscape. Contact the landscape professionals at PA Landscape Group, Inc. to help you select the ideal flowers and landscaping enhancing plants for your yard.