It’s Fall in Texas. As temperatures begin to dip and the days get shorter, North Texas gardeners are presented with a fantastic opportunity to spruce up their gardens with a burst of fall color. The slightly cooler weather from the 90-100 degree days provides an optimal environment for a variety of flowers, that will allow blooms to last through the season and sometimes beyond.
For those looking to freshen up their flower beds or create a fall-themed landscape, here are five of the best flowers to consider for North Texas:
Chrysanthemums (Mums): When you think of fall flowers, chrysanthemums often come to mind first. Their vibrant blooms in shades of orange, yellow, red, and purple encapsulate the colors of the season. Mums are perennial, meaning they can return year after year if cared for properly. When planting, choose a well-draining spot with full sun. Water consistently, ensuring the soil stays moist but not waterlogged.
Mexican Bush Sage (Salvia leucantha): This perennial plant is perfect for North Texas gardens. Its long, velvety purple spikes and contrasting white flowers not only add a unique texture to your garden but also attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Plant them in full sun and well-draining soil. They are drought-tolerant once established, making them perfect for Texas’s unpredictable weather.
Asters: Asters are another classic fall flower that brings daisy-like blooms in shades of purple, pink, and white. They pair beautifully with mums and provide a delicate touch to any garden. Asters are also beneficial for attracting pollinators like bees and butterflies, ensuring that your garden is lively and buzzing with activity. These perennials prefer full to partial sun and well-draining soil.
Goldenrod (Solidago): Contrary to popular belief, goldenrod is not the cause of fall allergies (ragweed is the actual culprit). This vibrant, golden-yellow flower is a true sign that fall has arrived. It’s a hardy plant that thrives in North Texas’s soil and climate conditions. Besides its beauty, goldenrod is also a magnet for beneficial insects and pollinators.
Marigold: While often associated with summer, marigolds can continue to thrive into the fall, especially in Texas. Their sunny yellow, orange, and deep red blooms can brighten up any garden. Plus, they have the added benefit of repelling certain pests, making them an excellent companion plant in vegetable gardens. They enjoy full sun and can handle the occasional Texas heat wave even in the fall.
North Texas might not have the typical fall foliage seen in the Northeast, but with these flowers, any garden can capture the essence of the season. Remember to consider the specific needs of each plant regarding sunlight, water, and soil type. With a little care and attention, your garden can be a fall masterpiece that not only looks beautiful but also supports local ecosystems and pollinators. Happy gardening!