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Pansies: Fall Flowers

These rounded, flat-faced spring flowers look just like a chubby-faced baby, so how could you not love them? Garden favorites for generations, pansies are widely available just about everywhere and are often the first annuals to bloom.

Autumn is the most critical season for almost everything! For those who live in the four seasons, autumn is the perfect time to plant spring-flowering bulbs, fruit trees, and perennials.

In the early 1980s, the horticultural sector launched a campaign called “Autumn is for plants.” There are good reasons to consider planting some plants in the fall. Perhaps it’s time to consider the idea of fall planting. 

So planting pansies in the fall? Why not?! Not only do pansies extend the flower season beyond the normal time frame, but they can continue to bloom through the winter! Most people always think of pansies as spring flowers but pansies can extend the flower season well into the late fall and also early winter. Some pansies can survive temperatures in the single digits! So, put off cleaning up some of your outdoor planters, and plant pansies to have some living color much longer this year!

If you do choose to plant pansies in the fall, be sure to plant as early as possible, choose healthy plants that will withstand the colder weather, and ensure proper drainage for your plants. Or let Perfect Leaf Management guide you in flower bed planting and flower selection.

The chances are that you may still have time to plant some pansies or other selected flowers in your containers or flower gardens. Consult with Perfect Leaf Management and plan and design your flower beds.

Tips for Fall Planting:

Fall is a significant time to plant all sorts of trees and shrubs as long as the ground is still warm enough not to shock the roots. You should also mulch them well to keep weeds from coming up in the spring and to keep them insulated against the cold winter weather. Make sure to water these new plantings even through the winter. Snow does not provide the same moisture as plain water does.

Many bulbs flower in the spring when they are planted in the fall. Daffodils, crocus, and tulips are just some of what you can plant. The crocus is the first to bloom most of the time in the spring. Spring-blooming bulbs allow you to have a very early color in the most initial part of the spring.

Winter Preparation

Certain plants need special treatment to get ready for winter. For example, roses are a plant that needs special care.  In Conyers, GA and Ellenwood, GA, you should cut the roses back to about 2 to 3 feet above the ground and heavily mulch them to get ready for winter. This will protect them for next spring. In colder climates, you can bury them or dig them up and pot them for the winter.  These are some ideas on how to prepare your garden for winter but still enjoy it in the fall. There are other things you will find the need to be done too.

Perfect Leaf Management can provide you expert advice on your flower beds. Give us a call!

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