If you weren’t able to do much gardening or grow your own produce in the spring, never fear! A good thing about living in Texas is our mild falls and mild winters. Gardening doesn’t have to end just because fall is around the corner. Certain types of plants and vegetables are much more suited for the anticipated cooler temperatures; in fact, some only grow when it’s cooler outside. So who are these fall loving plants? We conducted the research and compiled the list for you.
Snapdragons come from the Antirrhinum family, of which there are about 20 different species. The flowers are tubular, and their heads resemble the head of a dragon. When pinched, their jaw opens, then snaps shut when released. They come in a variety of vibrant colors such as pink and white to yellow and red. Although they are treated as annuals, they are considered perennials, and If we have a mild winter, they can make it straight through till late spring. If we have a cold winter here in Texas, throw an insulated frost blanket over them for protection. And if you love hummingbirds, this is definitely the plant for you!
For a flowering annual that’s super low-maintenance, look no further than these beauties! Pansies are colorful flowers with faces. They have heart-shaped, overlapping petals and contain one of the widest variety of bright colors and distinct patterns. They are perfect for planting in the fall because they rarely survive in the heat and prefer cool weather. Pansies are great for containers, borders, and used as ground cover.
Given their name because they were once abundantly seen in cornfields, the cornflower is a member of the Asteraceae or Compositae family, a large and widespread group of plants that includes sunflowers, daisies, and asters. They thrive in open garden beds and prefer moderately dry soil. These bright flowers come in pastel pink, red-purple, burgundy, and white and add vibrancy to any flower bed this fall.
Also known as mums, these dynamic hardy perennials give your garden or landscape a gorgeous pop of color. They are one of the most popular fall garden plants and are also members of the Compositae family. They prefer full sunlight during the growing season, so the fall season here in Texas makes the perfect climate for these delightful flowers. However, once the flowers bloom, it is best if they are moved to a shadier spot. There are hundreds of varieties available in all shapes and sizes, making them the perfect flower to coordinate your landscape or hanging basket.
This delicate flower can either be transplanted directly into the ground for fall blooms or directly seeded for early spring bloom. If you are looking for early spring bloom, sweet peas are best sown in the fall after Labor Day. This gives the seeds time to germinate and develop good root systems helping the seedlings to overwinter and grow rapidly once spring arrives. Their slightly folded petal resembles a butterfly’s wings. They come in several dark hues and produce an irresistible medley of dreamy fragrances.
Vegetables Your Taste Buds Will Enjoy
Just because summer is coming to an end doesn’t mean you have to stop enjoying your garden vegetables. After all, what is more satisfying on a cool winter day than the taste of home-grown produce. There are a variety of vegetables and herbs that thrive best when planted in the fall. Fall vegetable crops are categorized as long-term and short-term crops. The duration of these crops is dependent upon when the first killing frost occurs. We recommend planting long-term vegetables and short-term vegetables with their counterparts so that when frost kills the short-term plants, they can be removed.
Start with your soil. The soil in your garden should be loose and easy to work with. If it is not, add compost or other organic ingredients. Vegetables can be grown anywhere. You can intermingle them among your newly planted flowers, or grow them in containers. They just require a lot of sunlight. Those with edible roots such as carrots, radishes, and beets can get by with less sun. Leafy plants such as lettuce or cabbage require additional sun. Add slow-release fertilizer and make sure your soil is moist. Before you know it, you will be enjoying a dazzling, colorful landscape and eating fresh produce from your own back yard!
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