Looking for adding colors and interest to you yard this autumn? Try fall annuals. They are perfect for swapping out tired plants in your summer container gardens, tucking into beds and borders for more seasonal color or adding fresh looks to your front door, patio or deck for the fall. Here are 5 fantastic fall annuals. For more fall plants, you can buy wholesale flower seeds online or at your local stores.
Ornamental peppers are easy to grow and very colorful fruits in shades of red, orange, yellow, blue, purple and even black. Some ornamental peppers are spicy hot. Others have non-pungent fruits and are safe to grow around small children. In addition to their fruits, some varieties show off lovely foliage as well. Peppers do not tolerate frost so they will need to be covered or protected is frost is predicted. We also have some long chili pepper seeds that are easy to grow even if you are a first-time gardener.
Pansy is a fall favorite that offers edible flowers in shades of red, orange, yellow, white, purple and blue. Pansies are very hardy and take cold temperatures with ease in many areas. They’ll survive the winters if planted in the ground and bloom again the following spring.
Strawflower is an old-fashioned variety that features colorful flowers with paper-like petals. It’s perfect for use in dried floral crafted. The blooms appear in shades of yellow, orange, red, pink and white. Like ornamental peppers, it doesn’t tolerate frost. So, protect straw flowers from freezing temperatures.
Flowering kale, a relative of cabbage, adds wonderful texture to the fall garden with its colorful pink, purple or white leaves. It is amazing when paired with purple pansies and holds up well to freezing temperatures.
Calibrachoa is commonly thought as a summer annual, but it holds up well to cold temperatures, too. It’s a natural for fall container gardens. The jewel-toned flowers come in nearly every color and it has a sparing trailing habit making the fun choice for cascading over the side of your fall containers.