Today, we’re talking about Fall flower gardening, specifically for zones 9 and 10. I’m sharing my favorite tips so you can have a beautiful garden all year long.
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0:48 Why We Overwinter Flowers
2:00 What To Plant
Even though we still have some warm days, it’s fall here in San Diego. While most gardens are not as lively as they are in the spring and summer, there’s still a lot you can be doing!
Many flowers will be going to seed this time of year, and we love to let the plants naturally progress through their life cycle, dropping seeds and regrowing when the rains come. If you’re starting new flowers from seed, take a couple of extra steps to set the foundation for a colorful spring and summer next year!
We prefer to overwinter our flower starts to give them a head start. If you’re in a warmer climate like us, winter is when we get the most rain, but it’s still very mild and rarely gets to freezing temperatures if at all. You can also wait for rain and then broadcast your seeds directly into the soil. That lets your flowers build a strong root base so they can tough out any dry periods. If you’re in a cooler climate, you can use a row cover or a greenhouse.
So what should you be planting?
Gaillardia (Blanket Flower) is a fantastic bloomer
Cosmos are smaller but great producers
Sage is a perennial that comes in blue or scarlet
Gomphrena Globosa lasts in floral arrangements for weeks
Alyssum makes a great ground cover & filler
Nasturtium is a colorful edible plant
We have all of these plants that we started from seed about a year ago, and they’re still giving us beautiful flowers & reseeding. We’ve been trimming them for months, and they just keep at it! They’re all easy to grow and perfect for pollinators and other beneficial insects.
After your plants have bloomed, don’t be afraid to let them go to seed! They’ll take care of the entire process on their own so there’s less for you to do down the road.
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