Ten Plants to Grow in the Garden for Great Fall Flowers
Many people do not look forward to the Autumn/Fall and especially the Winter as the days begin to darken and the weather begins to chill. However this time of year can be a wonderful time in the garden if you choose the right plants. Looking out into your garden at all the beautiful colours will help to lift ones spirits even on the most miserable of days.
Ten Plants to bring colour to your garden in the Fall
These late flowering plants will create lovely colours in your garden. Chrysanthemums They like to grow in full sunlight and are great to make flower cuttings from to bring some colour indoors. They prefer should stay in bloom until the first hard frost of autumn.
Cyclamen (Cyclamen hederifolium)
Although these small plants flower at the beginning of autumn with pink or white rocket shaped flowers they carry attractive marbled leaves that look great all through the winter. Cyclaman can grow in part shaded to full sunlight and reach about six inches in height.
Ranging from one and a half to five feet in height and have daisy like flowers in a large range of colours such as White, pink, blue, purple and red. Fall asters should ideally be grown in a rich soil and like to grow in full sunlight. Compact growth of Asters can be encouraged by pinching and pruning.
Japanese Anemone (Anemone x hybrida)
These plants reach two to five feet in height and may have poppy like flowers of white, burgendy or red. Japanese Anemone take very little effort to care for, but should be mulched during the first winter. They like to grow in a part shaded to full sun conditions, and are also a good flower to take cuts from for displaying in your home.
Ornamental Kale & Cabbages (Brassica oleracea)
These plants are grown for their colourful foilage and can be grown with pansies to create a delightful corner in your garden. They reach from eighteen inches to two feet in height and like to grow in full sunlight. These plants have attractive foilage of blue, purple or green and will bring colour in your garden through to the spring.
Miscanthus range in height from three to eight feet and can grow in partiallly shaded and full sunlight conditions. They carry plumes in colours of white, cream, pink, bronze, silver and purple. These grasses are very easy to look after and are an ideal border plant.
Pampas Grass (Cortadera selloana)
These large grasses can reach from eight to eleven feet in height and have grey-green foilage and lovely fluffy flower heads. Pampas grasses like to grow in full sunlight and are great for use in flower arangements.
Phlox makes a great autumn plant as it has varieties that flower in a multitude of colours including white, blue, red, pink and purple. They range from two to four feet in height and can grow in partially shaded or full sunlight conditions; they should be grown in a part of the garden that has good ventilation.
Scotch Heather (Calluna vulgaris)
These plants can be grown for both their flowers and foilage. Their bell shaped flowers can be white, violet, purple, red or bronze, whereas leaves may be green, apricot or russet. They prefer to grow in full sunlight. Some of the late blooming varieties include Goldsworth Crimson, Blazeaway, Alba Jae, Darkness and David Eason.
Winter Pansy (Viola witttrockiana)
Pansies with their 'smily faces) flower in a large array of colours, and look spectacular if grown with ornamental kale or cabbages. These plants flower throughout the autumn and winter and can reach a height of two feet. They like to grow in full sunlight.