Fall Flowers

I’m still a compete novice when it comes to even the most basic of of gardening. The petunias I planted in the spring were still alive, but looking pretty yellow and not very flowery.

So I started looking around on the internet to see if it’s even legit to plant different flower in the fall. Apparently it is, but I’m still pretty confused as to what I’m supposed to plant, since I live in zone 9 where it pretty much never freezes. most introductory garden sites seem to assume that you live somewhere with real seasons. 😛 Anyway, I figured it would be safe to stick with some of the most common suggestions: chrysanthemums and pansies. And sure enough, when I got to the store they were out front and center. Right next to them were some other plants I came across in my internet searching: alyssum and flowering kale. I love how cheap they all are, I don’t feel as bad buying a plant that I may not be able to keep alive if it only costs $1.29.

I split them up based on how much sun they need. I think our bigger flower box qualifies as “full sun”, at least for another month or two, so it got the kale and chrysanthemums:

View from the front door:

and the smaller, shadier flower box got the pansies and alyssum:

I think I keep underestimating how big our flower boxes are when I’m at the store… they still look a little sparse, and that’s after we picked up one more of each type of plant to make them look a little less empty. Hm. Ah well, it’s a process.


Posted on October 8, 2011, in garden and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Dan Clemmensen

    The gardeners at my office building routinely re-plane about three times a year. They just replaced the begonias with pansies. If your area never freezes, try begonias?

  2. Barbara Clemmensen

    I love chrysanthemums. Unfortunately, so do the deer.

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