The Easy Way: Plant Mums and Pansies
Mums and pansies are favorite standbys as fall flowers, with good reason. They look great, they can grow almost anywhere in the country, and they're usually easy to find at garden centers. You can group them in planters or flower beds, and they'll add color long after your perennials go dormant. But, if you want to try a different look, the next paragraph is for you.
Include Natives in Your Plan
You can greatly enhance your fall garden by choosing plants native to your region. Some good choices include California poppy in the West, blackfoot daisy in the Southwest, big leaf aster in the Southeast, and New England aster or boltonia in the Northeast and Midwest.
Water as Needed
Even though summer's heat has passed, you may still need to water your flowers frequently if you live in the Southwest or a coastal region with warm winters and sandy soil. In areas such as the Northeast and Midwest, fall usually brings plenty of rain, but be sure to check the soil and water as necessary to provide your plants a steady supply of moisture.
Remove Faded Blooms
Your fall flowers will produce more blooms for a longer period if you remove flowers that have faded and started turning brown. Called deadheading, this cleanup is easily accomplished and well worth the little bit of time it takes.