As we transition into fall, many of our favorite summer flowers have wilted, withered and left behind a tired and shabby landscape. Just because summer is almost over doesn’t mean you have to settle for a drab colorless garden. There are many cool-season annual varieties you can plant now to provide your garden with a brilliant color palette throughout autumn. Fall annuals look great in your garden beds and patio pots and many are hardy enough to survive temperatures of 25 degrees or lower. Before you throw in the trowel and give up on the season, try adding fall annuals like pansies, flowering cabbage and kale, snapdragons, dianthus, and dusty miller into your landscape.
Pansies & Violas
While pansies are perhaps best known for their multi-colored petals and scrunchy little faces, they are also one of the most popular cool weather annuals. They grow best when night temperatures are below 65 F, which makes them ideal for this time of year. Pansies will survive a frost and even if the blooms wilt in a hard freeze, the plants often endure. Pansies are a great way to add color to your garden beds and patio containers throughout the fall season and pair well with many other fall annuals and perennials.
Originally published on September 5th, 2018. Updated on August 31st, 2021.