Looking for ways to keep your garden vibrant and full of life now that summer has come to an end? I’ll share 7 tips for a fabulous flower garden that never skips a beat when transitioning to fall.
I will admit, it’s always hard for me this time of year when we transition the garden from summer to fall.
The flower garden has been beautiful and so full of life through the summer months. All the work that was put in last fall and spring certainly paid off. Summer was such a special time to enjoy and appreciate the results.
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And now it seems to be slowly slipping away…
But it doesn’t have to. That’s the beauty of a flower garden. Each season takes on a new life and fall is the beginning of another chapter.
How to Transition to a Fabulous Fall Garden
1. Replace Your Spent Summer Flowers With Fabulous Fall Perennials
There are so many options when it comes to fall-blooming perennials, including my favorites, Sedum Autumn Joy and Black-Eyed Susans.
To choose the best plants for your location, make sure you know what your hardiness zone is.
2. Fill In the Garden With Fall Annuals
Another great way to fill the spaces left in the garden is to mix cool-season annuals that will continue to bloom during the fall season with perennials.
Early in the year when I’m planning what to grow in my cut flower garden, I try to pick annuals that will bloom until the first frost, or close to it. This year I grew cosmos, strawflower, and globe amaranth to keep some interest in the cutting garden at least through October.
Note: My garden is in hardiness zone 8b.
3. Add Fall Annual Flowers and Ornamental Plants to Containers
Replace spent summer flowers with fall flowers and ornamental kale or cabbage.
I find that when the flower garden is lacking color and interest, flowerpots and containers will brighten things up quickly.
Adding a pumpkin or two to a fall container will really create some pizazz to your autumn garden, adding both color and texture.
4. Create Areas of Interest in the Garden to Transition to Fall
Elevate your garden this fall by creating areas of interest. Cornhusks are always fun to tie to arbors and posts, surrounded by pumpkins.
Seating areas, vintage bikes, birdhouses and are all eye-catching details that make a difference in an autumn garden.
5. Update Your Porch for Fall
Sadly, we don’t really have much of a porch at the front door.
Not to worry. My greenhouse porch is a great substitute, don’t you think?
Revamp your porch by planting fall annuals and ornamental plants like cabbage and kale. Add bales of straw or hay, pumpkins, an autumn wreath or swag for the door, and a couple of cornhusks.
6. Keep Watering Your Fall Garden
The heat of the summer is over, but your garden still needs water. Any new plants need plenty of water until their roots are established. Until the ground freezes, existing plants also need regular water if there isn’t enough rain in the forecast.
7. Continue Garden Maintenance Through the Autumn Months
Maintaining your fall garden not only helps to keep everything neat and tidy and looking beautiful but preparing your garden for the winter season is crucial. Check out my Fall Task List.
- Remove insect-infested and diseased plants
- Raked leaves
- Divide overgrown plants
I hope some of these tips will come in handy when you transition to your fall garden. Questions or ideas? Leave a comment. I’d love to hear from you.
Until next time,