10 best fall flowers for a perfect autumn garden

Autumn is not only about colorful leaves. it’s also about flowers. It is a good time for planting, the soil is still not too cold, as temperatures begin to decrease but are still mild. The soil has the ability to maintain the temperature a few degrees above ambient temperature, the atmospheric humidity is already higher, which allows the plants not to dry as easily as in the summer.

Here are 10 best fall flowers for a perfect autumn garden:

1. Pansy (Viola × wittrockiana)

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Viola tricolor (Pansy)

Lifecycle: Annual or biennial

Flowering time: Autumn and winter

Flowering color: Purple, yellow, blue, white

Height: Up to 15 cm

Minimum planting distance: 0,15 m

How to plant: Full sun. Neutral or slightly acidic soils with enough organic matter; the planting mix should have a good percentage of organic matter (eg humus).

Use: In borders and flowerpots.

2. Aster (Aster Sp.)

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Aster

Lifecycle: Perennial

Flowering time: Autumn-Winter

Flower colors: Pink, white, red, purple, etc.

Height: 20-30 cm

Minimum planting distance: 20 cm

Growing conditions: Sun or partial shade, like moist soils and some organic matter. It does not grow well in very windy areas.

Use: Borders, flowerbeds, rock gardens.

Maintenance: Prune gently after flowering.

3. Heather (Calluna Sp.)

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Calluna (Heather)

Lifecycle: Perennial

Flowering time: Autumn-Winter

Flower color: White, pink, red

Height: Up to 40 cm

Minimum planting distance: 30 cm

Growing conditions: Sunny, acid soils with good drainage, rich in organic matter.

Maintenance: No special maintenance care, just cleaning flowers, leaves and dry branches.

 

4. Cyclamen (Cyclamen Sp.)

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Cyclamen

Life cycle: Perennial, sometimes loses foliage in summer and back to grow in autumn.

Flowering time: Autumn, winter and spring.

Flowering color: Pink, purple, white, red

Height: Up to 20 cm

Minimum planting distance: 20 cm

Plant in well drained soils rich in organic matter. Partial shade.

Use as indoor plant, or outside potted, in borders and under trees.

Maintenance: Frequent watering. The flower stems should be plucked at the end of flowering.

 

5. Sweet Alyssum (Lobularia maritima)

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Sweet Alyssum (Lobularia maritima)

Life cycle: Perennial.

Flowering time: Summer and Autumn.

Flowering color: white

Height: Up to 50 cm

Plant in full sun in well drained soils rich in organic matter.

Use in flower borders and beds or potted in terraces or patio gardens.

Maintenance: Cut back at the end of flowering.

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