Autumn is the perfect time to invite a new color palette into your Belclaire home with seasonal flowers. When choosing flowers for your home and garden, it’s important that they suit your area’s climate. While the North Texas region has a temperate climate, there can be brief but harsh cold snaps, so the plants you choose should be able to survive colder weather.
Here are some of our favorite fall flowers:
Chrysanthemums thrive in the North Texas autumn weather. Colloquially called mums, the flowers come in two varieties: flattened or elongated with ray florets, or short and tufted with a rounded head. They are perennials and, with proper care, will last for several years. They perform best in full sun and can thrive in rock gardens and as low borders. These flowers bloom in almost every color of the rainbow. For fall, go for yellow, red, bronze and orange varieties.
Pansies are the most popular flower in North Texas gardens due to their hardiness and bright colors. Plant pansies directly from starter containers into your gardens approximately two to four weeks prior to the last killing frost, so they will be well-established and better able to survive a freeze. For best results, remove old blooms to encourage new flower production.
The Texas aster blooms from September to November in North Texas and emits a pungent aroma. This Texas native is a perennial and requires little maintenance. It can reach heights of up to 3 feet and spread out to 4 feet wide, making it a good cover or border plant. It performs well in sandy, rocky and well-drained soil and in full sun to partial shade.
Snapdragons thrive in chilly weather, making them a good choice as a winter flower in North Texas. Flowers grown during the winter will bulk up and produce many more flower stems and bloom longer than those planted in early spring. They can survive a hard freeze as long as they don’t dry out during the cold.
Cyclamen plants produce flowers suited to the cooler months of the Texas climate. Best when planted from October through November, cyclamens display showy flowers in pink, red, white or maroon with variegated green heart-shaped leaves. Cyclamens thrive in shade in well-drained soil that should be watered when the top 1/2 inch of the surface dries.
Fresh flowers are a great way to add color to your garden and inside your home. The flowers listed above will look great in your garden, in a colorful bouquet inside your home and can even be dried to make a gorgeous homemade wreath!