Know your annuals and perennials
The two most common types of garden plants are perennials and annuals. Perennials are long-lasting and can flower over multiple years if properly cared for. Annuals, on the other hand, go through their growing cycle in a single season, so they might bloom in spring, last all summer, produce new seeds, and then die in the autumn.
Make your annuals last
Despite this, it’s still possible to use annuals as fall blooming flowers – if you know how to make them last. By regularly 'deadheading' them, or cutting off the dead flowers at the stem, you can trick the plants into growing new flowers and staying in bloom for a little longer. Late summer can be an excellent time to pick up annuals to give an autumnal boost to your garden. Because garden centres and suppliers consider them to be of lower worth at that time of year, as their growing season is almost over, you may be able to stock your garden for a very modest investment, and the lower price can make up for the shorter time you get to enjoy them.
Know what to plant and where
When planning exactly what to plant and where to put it, consider how the textures, form and colours of the plants will work together in each area of your garden. You should aim to have a mixture of these to add interest to the garden. This could mean mixing up spiky leaves with soft ones, and tall stemmed flowers with those that grow in tight clusters or close to the ground.
Choose an autumn colour combination
Fall blooming flowers span the entire colour spectrum, giving you plenty of choice for landscaping. For traditional autumn colours, choose vivid Goldenrod wildflowers or marigolds and nasturtiums in rich orange and yellow tone. Alternatively, you could opt for a bold sunset palette, with orange, red and pink Autumn Joy stonecrops, pink chrysanthemums, and pinky-red celosia.
Think beyond the flowers
It’s not just the floral arrangement of your garden that prepares it for autumn: there are other practical considerations too. Building a climber for new plants to cling to can help them survive the colder weather. And get ready to do lots of raking, making sure old leaves don’t suffocate new plants, so your fall blooming flowers last even longer. Somewhere sheltered to relax in your garden will help you make the most of your hard work, so consider installing a sturdy covered bench where you can sit with a hot drink and enjoy your autumn garden.
Have a look at our other tips for a well-kept garden to keep your garden beautiful all year round.