Just because the warm weather of summer has taken a hike, warm colors in your yard don’t have to do the same. Fall is actually one of the best times to add some seasonal color to your lawn.
Color through Fall Plants
For me, one of the great things about fall is the vast array of colors it produces. The deep orange, yellow and red leaves that canvas the skyline on a evening drive can just be breathtaking. Color in general can do so much for a landscape. That is why right now is the best time for fall planting. There are many great seasonal plants that are prime for planting right now.
What to plant in fall
To know what type of plants to plant in fall, you first have to identify if the plants are annuals or perennials. Once the weather consistently stays cold, perennials go into hibernation and are strong enough to make it until the weather turns nice again. They look dead, but their roots do not die. Grass, for instance, is a perennial.
Most annuals, on the other hand, will wither and die once the weather hits about 32 degrees. Luckily there are some annuals that will thrive a little longer in this cooler weather:
Mums are great fall flowers because their bloom lasts longer than just a couple of days. Mums can bloom and stay vibrant for weeks at a time, even after several nights of cool weather.
Violas are hardy flowers that really thrive in cooler weather. With a variety of colors including deep purples and blues, violas can add fresh color for the fall.
Closely associated with violas, pansies also love the cooler temperatures. Pansies come in many different varieties so it is always best to pick ones that accent your other flowers and plants.
Why to Plant Now
If the first frost hasn’t hit your yard yet, it is just around the corner. When the weather drops it is time to put your garden to bed. Let your perennials hibernate and clear out the leaves in your flowerbed, and while you are at it throw in a few plants to liven up your landscape.
How to Plant Now
There are still a few nice days left here and there. Pick a time that works for you and get to work on your lawn. Some seasonal plants don’t even need to be planted, Mums can especially look nice in a flower pot sitting on your porch or even in your flower bed.
It doesn’t have to be terribly time consuming. And if it does seem like more work than what you have time for, look into using a professional landscaper to add some color for you. Hiring a landscaping business is one of the best ways to get your lawn looking exactly how you want it with little effort on your end.
Don’t allow the fall weather to keep you from having the best looking lawn, start packing up the old flower bed and adding in some seasonal color!