What to Plant Now: Autumn Annuals

As flowering perennials die down for the season, filling in beds with fall-flowering annuals can keep your garden blooming a bit longer. We suggest starting sooner rather than later. Because of COVID-19, there are significantly fewer plants — particularly annuals — and supplies are limited. Your best bet is to shop the nurseries in the first two weeks of September.


Celosia

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Celosia is available in lovely shades of red, orange, yellow, and pink. We recommend mixing it into a sunny area with ornamental grasses.


Fall-Blooming Pansies

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Pansies aren't just for spring. They are also an excellent annual for fall planting projects. Look for burgundy varieties for an autumnal feel.


Purple Fountain Grass

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We sing the praises of ornamental grasses year-round. But purple fountain grass is one of our fall favorites. Plant some as the centerpiece of a container arrangement or a window box.