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The Best Fall Flowers to Plant


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It's hard not to be happy when looking over a field of your homegrown flowers. While golden fall days may make it seem like planting season is long gone and flowers don't have any more chances to bloom, that's definitely not the case. So many varieties of flowers thrive in fall's climate or need to be planted in the fall to guarantee stunning spring blooms.

When thinking about your garden, it's important to consider how you want it to look and what you want to plant where. Sometimes, drawing up a little map or diagram can be helpful. Factor in things like soil type, amount of sunlight, and other characteristics of each spot. Then, begin choosing your flowers! Whether you want to focus on vibrant color or softer, more gentle hues. There's a flower for everyone -- in every season.

When we think of fall, we often think of those jewel-toned natural hues: deep oranges, rich reds, golden yellows, and stunning purples. Unsurprisingly, these colors dominate in fall flowers, which is probably why we associate those colors with the coziest season!

With so many varieties to choose from, it can be hard to decide which to plant. Consider which flowers might be native to your region -- or just go with something you think is beautiful!

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Chrysanthemums

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Nothing says fall quite like chrysanthemums. Their colors -- perfect for the season -- are bright, vibrant, and welcome in those cozy fall vibes.

If you're planting chrysanthemums, wait until late May and be sure that the last frost has passed. Water them well all summer long and then be ready for blooming time!

Celosia

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Celosia comes in three different varieties, each incredibly unique. Whether you want to add brilliant "flames" or floral "coral," this flower will definitely brighten up your garden.

Plant these in the spring and enjoy blooms throughout the summer, all the way to first frost. Celosia requires quite a bit of sunlight, so definitely keep that in mind!

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Aster

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Asters bloom in the late summer through the middle of fall. Their brilliant purple hue is sure to be an eye-catching addition to your fall flower garden.

It's best to start asters using starts from your local nursery, since planting them from seed can take quite a long time. Be sure to plant these flowers in loamy soil -- and then wait for their purple magic!

Fall Flowers for Spring Blooms

Fall is also a great time to start thinking about what you want your spring garden to look like. Many flowers need to be planted in the cooler weather and will sprout as the temperature gets warmer.

Definitely choose a few that will help you celebrate the transition from winter to spring.

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Hellebore

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Hellebores are stunning flowers that often mark the beginning of spring. Sprouting up in early spring -- sometimes even in the snow -- this bloom will take any spring garden to the next level with their gorgeous greenery and beautiful petals.

The flowers are easy to grow. They enjoy shady conditions so keep that in mind when selecting a spot to plant them.

Hyacinth

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We all know that tulips are the quintessential spring flower, but it's worth trying out their bulb "cousin" the hyacinth. These flowers, said to be created by Apollo in remembrance of Hyacinthus, are the perfect bloom to bring some Mediterranean flair to your garden.

Just like tulips, plant the bulbs in the fall.

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Crocus

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Another bulb flower, the crocus's unique look and pretty spring colors will definitely turn any garden into a springtime paradise. As a bulb flower, crocuses are also planted in the fall. The cooler planting season gives the flower time to develop and be ready for a brilliant spring.

READ: 8 Quintessential Fall Vegetables to Grow in Your Garden

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