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Even though we are well into September in North Texas, and fall is just around the corner, with temperatures still in the 90’s, summer is still hanging on. However, the warm weather will soon give way to cooler temperatures and many people will be decorating with fall foliage and pumpkins as well as plants and flowers that can withstand a colder climate. Some of the best flowers for the Dallas Fort Worth area are:
Dianthus - Available in varying colors of white, pink, purple and red, dianthus are a biennial. You can buy them in low-growing or tall varieties. They should be planted in a well-drained area to receive sun in the morning and some shade later in the day.
Mums - Easy to grow, these perennials come in a variety of colors and can measure from 1 to 3 inches wide. Mums can be planted in containers or beds, but should not be placed near artificial lighting such as landscape lights because they can reduce the number of blooms produced.
Pansies - These are the best flower in our area for fall and winter. They come in colors of blue, black, orange, yellow, purple, red, white and pink. They grow well in areas of good drainage and can survive some of the coldest conditions. They grow well in full sun.
Petunias - Are great flowers for fall because they continually bloom as long as they are cared for properly. They need a well-drained location and lots of sun and water while the weather is warm and will bloom until the first frost. They come in many different colors such as yellow, pink, purple, and red as well as a combination of those colors.
Snapdragons - Come in lots of different sizes and colors that include purple, orange, pink and red. They are great for fall and the early part of the winter because they grow well in temperatures in the 70’s.
All of the flowers above can add some extra color to your yard when the grass and trees are changing in the fall. Remember that fall is also the time to plant any bulbs as they need some time in cold dormancy to be able to fully bloom in the springtime. In addition to flowers, the cooler autumn weather, is also a good time to plant trees and shrubs.
Some other plants that are good for colder temperatures and make a great addition to a fall landscape are ornamental cabbage and kale. They come in pink, red, or white. They are frost resistant and their colors become more vibrant as the weather gets cooler.
If you need help planting autumn flowers, plants, shrubs or trees for your fall landscape, give All Seasons Landcare a call! They will help keep your yard looking great all year.
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