Sow your seeds in Fall to get a jump start on many perennial and biennial plants. Get a gorgeous garden next Spring on a tight budget.
All the plants here I am growing in my very own garden and every one of them I started from seeds. Year after year they will reseed themselves if I let them. (to prevent self seeding see this post, Off With Their Heads!) You can have beautiful flowers by next spring and summer if you sow your seeds in Fall.
Do you want to know how you can get a thick a lush border like this and not spend a lot of money?
Great, I show you how I do it and so can you!
Many of the flowers are linked to the source where I get my seeds.
Why Plant in Fall
Did you know that Fall is actually the best time to start a garden? If you go to that article and read it you will find many reasons why.
But one reason is what I am sharing here today. Getting a head start with on next years garden on a budget. By starting from seeds you can get hundreds more flowers than buying them in a pot.
Another key to success is great garden soil and the easiest way to get that is by composting. I have an easy yet attractive solution here on building one yourself!
What flowers can you plant in Fall?
There are tons of flowers you can seed in Fall. Remember some will thrive in one area but not another so do your research and find out what does well where you live.
Or you can be like me and just experiment. You may be surprised.
Here are a few I grow including the Purple Echinacea…
and these Forget Me Nots below…one of the harbingers of Spring.
These are a hybrid that are not invasive, some types can spread a bit aggressively.
They bloom in early spring and then go to seed, I pull them once they are all done and the seeds will fall to the ground. They sit all summer then sprout again the next Spring.
White Swan Echinacea is a personal favorite and has reseeded itself for more plants in my own garden. It blooms non-stop through the toughest heat and on into cooler Fall weather.
update: The white swan cross pollinated with the regular Purple Echinaceas in my garden. The seedlings came up pink and not white. To get a White Swan plant and know that it will come true see this post on dividing them.)
In fact, all of the Echinaceas are on my list of faves for seeding in Fall. They are fantastic for maintaining blooming color in the garden during the hottest part of summer on into Fall when other flowers are lagging.
Gaillardias are a grand performer in the garden as well..I just love them with their fiery colors and tough disposition.
Gaillardias keep on performing even when others have stopped for the season. Just keep them deadheaded.
Rudbeckia, a fabulous one for creating swaths of summer sunshine in your garden with ease…they can be single or double blooms.
Related: How to Grow Black Eyed Susans
These also keep on blooming well into late Fall with consistent deadheading. They come in different shades of yellow and even burnt orange tones like these Rudbeckia Cappucino .
Larkspur are a Hummingbird favorite around here and you can keep the blooms coming by deadheading and reseeding throughout the summer.
Lupine blend I grew from seeds are hardy souls as well, one of the first Spring bloomers, they never fail to wow..
Hollyhocks are a fabulous addition, they height and vigor can be used as a screen. Some say it was used back in the outhouse days as a screen from the house so you didn’t always see the privy. Some can grow to 10 feet tall and quite thickly so I can see where that would work well.
Related: How to Grow Hollyhocks
As you can see I have personally grown the plants that I linked to but there are so many more. So take your pick! I linked to the flowers that I showed here so it was easier for you to find these specific ones.
Bachelors Buttons come in a variety of colors, this one bloomed all summer long for me.
Before you Sow Seeds
Be sure to research any seeds you will sow and find out if they are considered an invasive species in your area. Many plants are invasive because they reseed and propagate themselves easily.
We love easy to grow plants but we don’t want to create a problem either. Just because something is easy to grow does not mean it is invasive. Many claim that a plant became a pest in their garden but when investigated more they just did not know how to manage plants that readily reseed themselves.
How to plant your flower seeds in Fall
The general routine when sowing seeds in Fall is to clear out a garden bed of weeds and debris. Sometimes it is an area of a garden bed that already has other plants in it.
After you clear the planting area of weeds, loosen the soil a couple inches with a small shovel, hoe dag or other tool, spread an inch or two of good compost on top. Then sprinkle the seeds on heavily and press in with your foot. (I am not stingy with seeds because nature isn’t)
Some seeds should be sown after first frost and others you can do before. Many of my plants that reseed themselves do so before first frost so I figure I can too.
Read the seed packets before planting
It is good to read the seed packets and do a little research online for your zone if you are planting any particular seed that is new for you. Many seed companies will also tell you if the seeds you are purchasing can be planted in Fall.
Related: How to Grow Daisies
The results are my photos above, all of these were planted from seed in the garden in Fall.
Wonderful thing is many times once you have bought seed you don’t have to again. I save my seed from year to year to replant and share. Click here to see how I save seed and get you Free Seed packet printable!
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