Florida Fall and Winter Gardens
Florida’s climate allows gardeners to enjoy beautiful blooms and colors all year long. In most parts of Florida, one can enjoy having blooming plants throughout the year. So while going through your Florida fall home preparations add some beautiful blooms that you can enjoy all winter long!
Choosing the right plants for your zone and creating an area in the garden for plants to thrive will ensure success. Here are 10 plants that will add color to your garden into late fall and right throughout the winter.
- Caladiums are hanging on for added fall attraction. Especially the White Queen variety in the upper left border. Planting bulbs was done as late as July for the very purpose of enjoying those heart-shaped gifts through the month of October.
- Snapdragons are cool season bedding plants that have good flowering performance in late winter and early spring. Plant in full sun, although snapdragons can tolerate some limited afternoon shade.
- Plumbago auriculata plants are a delight to behold this time of year. This is one of the easiest perennial shrubs for no-nonsense care. Place it where it will have plenty of room to sprawl in at least partial sun and it serves as a fabulous backdrop in a Florida garden.
- Wild Petunia Considered an annual or tender perennial and can be grown from seeds. Allow seeds to dry on plant before collecting. Grows into a nice loose, mound shape in full sun but will tolerate some shade. Blooms repeatedly from spring through winter if kept deadheaded, watered and fertilized. Blooms are various shades of purple.
- Diascia A perennial that grows to about 1 ½ foot tall in full sun and blooms a fantastic pink color from summer through fall. Diascia can also be found blooming in white, coral, orange and lavender. Stem cuttings are easily rooted.
- Coleus providing rich hues of magentas, chartreuse, and deep aubergine. Used throughout in the design of this warm climate garden they offer dimension, texture, and those glorious colors to several vignettes from spring right through the winter in most cases.
- Stromanthe sanguinea ‘Triostar’ makes an impressive display with its three colorful hues present in every leaf. The undersides of brilliant reddish-pink highlighted by the evening sun is admired.
- English Mariogold An annual with, seemingly, never-ending blooms of orange and yellow from spring till first frost. Can grow to be two ft. tall and does well in containers.
Seeds are prolific re-seeders dropping onto the ground where dozens of seedlings will pop up in the spring.
- Pansies No other cool-season bedding plant comes close to pansies in popularity. Don’t plant pansies too early in the fall; it’s probably best to wait until we have our first cold snap.
- Salvia leucantha, Mexican Sage is one of those stunning perennials with many lovely characteristics to be noted. Blue-ish and velvety soft foliage is appreciated even before autumn urges out those elongated clusters of fuzzy lavender blooms