Autumn begins September 23, only five days away. High desert temperatures will start lowering, morning air will be crisp, and nights will be chilly. It’s a refreshing season.
Fall is my favorite season. Days are cooler for one thing. Leaves change colors, and gardening becomes more enjoyable because the days aren’t so hot. Gardeners plant new flowers that will last through fall and winter.
Some of the best annuals to plant in the fall are snapdragons, pansies, sweet alyssum, petunias, and nasturtiums. These flowers grow well in high desert areas. Plant them at the beginning of the season. You can enjoy them up until the first frost and some even into the winter. Pansies seem to perk up more the colder the weather is.
Annual Flowers to Plant in Fall
Decorate your garden with colorful flowers and pumpkins of all sizes. Go all out with color. Paint an old chair with multiple bright reds, oranges, blues, yellows and greens. It will surely brighten someone’s day.
Pumpkin patches attract families this time of the year as festivities are planned for Halloween. When my daughter was little, my husband and I would take her to a pumpkin patch and let her pick out a pumpkin. We would take it home, and I would bake pumpkin bars and top them with cream cheese frosting.
Find a pumpkin patch in your area, and create autumn memories with your children and grandchildren. Make pumpkin fruit dip, pumpkin bars, and fun crafts for the whole family.
Fall garden decorating with seasonal colors is fun. It offers a warm welcome before entering the home, setting the mood for comfort.