Summer might be drawing to a close, but that doesn’t mean your gardening efforts have to follow suit. Just as there are plants that thrive in the summer, there are plants that thrive in the fall. The key to successful fall planting is to start early before the fall season begins in earnest. Here is a list of flowers and vegetables that will give you the most success in planting your fall garden.
- Michaelmas Daisy
This flower comes in shades of white, flower, blue, purple and pink. They start blooming in late August and continue until the start of winter. They blend especially well with other flowers, so if you’re looking for variety then this is a good pick.
- Blue Mist Shrub
Blue Mist Shrubs are often found in perennial gardens. It starts to blossom in August and is particularly attractive to insects. They also come in yellow and other varieties.
This flower gets its name from its shape when in blossom (like a turtlehead). It doesn’t thrive in dry conditions, but it comes into its own once things get damp. Fall showers will provide the perfect conditions for that.
These are the staple flowers for any autumn garden. It’s a tough plant that is capable of thriving in most climates and can bloom at the end of the season. They respond pretty well to cutting and come in different varieties.
This plant variety is considered weed, but newer varieties can be adapted to fit a garden. It makes a good backdrop for the rest of the garden bed. The “domesticated” variety doesn’t have the aggression of the wild varieties—it also comes in white.
These flowers grow tall and hardy and they thrive best in cool soil and plenty of sun. These plants are ideal for areas with poor drainage.
- Perennial Sunflower
This flower is best known for its brilliant gold and blooms in late summer or early fall. They are a tough variety and generally last long. They need lots of sun (5 hours per day), but can so well even in poor soil.
- False Sunflower
As the name implies, the false sunflower looks very much like the perennial sunflower, but is not. It does bloom a bit earlier than its genuine counterpart and lasts for up to eight weeks.
- Stone Crop
If you’re looking for a low-maintenance plant, the Stone Crop is as good as it gets. It maintains its look all year round with few problems (except deer). It’s a great addition to your garden and won’t cost much to maintain.
This is one plant variety you don’t have to worry about getting too tall. When it reaches full bloom it begins to flop, but there are other varieties that are much sturdier.
This nutritious vegetable can be harvested in the fall. It is best to plant the seed in late summer for the best results.
- Brussels Sprouts
This vegetable does well in chilly conditions, so it’s a pretty good addition to your garden—and your dinner table.
As with others, this root vegetable is best planted in late summer; what it lacks in attractiveness it makes up for in taste.
Collards are a green vegetable you shouldn’t leave out. For the best taste, harvest after frost exposure.
- Green Onions
If you’re looking for a durable plant, green onions are a good bet. You don’t have to harvest them right away, as they can survive the winter.
This purple plant is a fast grower and thrives best in cool weather. It can become mature in as little as six weeks.
If you like to stock up on your salads, lettuce is a good option. Lettuce does pretty well in cool weather and makes a great addition to your dinner plate.
Beets are a good choice for fall harvest, but be sure to soak the seeds for quicker germination.
What’s Halloween without pumpkin? This is another vegetable that can be planted in late summer for a fall harvest.
Another plant that thrives in cool weather, they can also grow pretty quickly.
Cool weather brings a great harvest if you plant the right stuff. Each plant variety has its own season and if you plant the right varieties, you can have a thriving garden for most of the year. Gardening takes work and you will also need tools. At Infinity Gardens, we have the tools and the advice to help you. Get in touch with us today to see how we can help your garden thrive, fall cleanup, or visit our website to check out our catalogue of products.