The end of summer is marked by changing leaves and cooler temperatures. As a homeowner, you might opt for fall decor, including a seasonal wreath on the door and a pumpkin on the front porch. It’s also time to update your garden for the season. Depending on your local climate, there are many things you might plant this time of year. Choose new plants for the fall to improve the landscaping or grow in the vegetable garden.

Ideas for Plants for the Fall

Autumn Veggies

Fall is the perfect time to plant your garden with autumn vegetables like lettuce, bok choy, carrots, and radishes. Arugula grows well in these cool temperatures and is delicious in an autumn salad.

If you wait until late summer to plant, purchase vegetable starts at a garden center or farmer’s market. Buying veggie plants from a local farmer’s market is an excellent way to guarantee they will grow well in your climate. Vegetables started from seed late in the year may not be strong enough to withstand the cooler temperatures of autumn. Be careful as winter nears – some veggies you plant in the fall may need protection from the colder weather.

Plants for the Fall: Add Trees

Trees boost curb appeal and beautify your property with their myriad autumnal colors. If you want to enhance the landscaping, plant elm, honey locust, linden, or maple trees.

While you may not see new leaf growth until spring, trees will last for decades, providing shade to your landscaping and boosting property value.

Flowers for the Spring

Flowers are an option for fall planting if you’re patient while waiting for blooms. Some plants won’t produce flowers until next year, but you can plant bulbs now to prepare for spring.

Popular, easy-to-grow options include tulips, hyacinths, lilies, and irises. These flowers require the colder autumn soil to start developing roots, and they will eventually bloom when spring weather arrives. Planting bulbs for spring is a relatively easy project, so if you are new to gardening, it’s a great first step.

There are many options of flowers, vegetables, and trees that you can plant in the fall. Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or want to try a new hobby, working outdoors in the dirt can result in delicious vegetables for your family, trees you’ll enjoy for decades, and attractive flowers in the garden beds.

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