Make your fall garden thrive! Learn which fall flowers and plants are best for your backyard garden to keep it growing all autumn long.

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Your fall garden will be looking gorgeous with chrysanthemums! These perennial beauties thrive in cooler temperatures. Be sure to plant them well before the first frost to give their roots time to grow. They come in a rainbow of colours from elegant white to vibrant orange. 

Best time to plant: Early to mid-September. 


Plan for a pop of colour in the winter by planting violas in the fall! These flowers are super tolerant of the cold, so you don’t have to worry about them not making it to the winter. Plant when the sun is still strong so the roots can develop and stay durable throughout freezing temperatures. 

Best time to plant: Early October.


Marigolds will bloom brightly all fall long! Aptly named (think Merry-Gold), these flowers are best situated in the sun. For a bright fall bloom, plant them midsummer to give their roots all the time they need to soak in the sunlight. This will make the base of the flower strong enough to survive the chillier months. 

Best time to plant: Early August. 

Ornamental Peppers

Great to look at and even better to eat! The ornamental pepper plant is perfect for fall gardening. Not only will it stand up to harsh Canadian winters, but it has a gorgeous fall bloom. They come in different species including chili, black pearl, Medusa, and Sangria. Bonus: it is safe to plant them with chrysanthemums. 

Best time to plant: Early September. 


Like violas, pansies are a great way to add even more colour to your fall landscape! Their sturdy roots let them withstand our chilly climate, and they grow best in soil temperatures between 7 C and 18 C. These versatile plants come in an assortment of colour combinations, and since they are annuals you can look forward to them popping up again in the spring! 

Best time to plant: Late September.

Spring Bulbs

There’s nothing better than being prepared for your spring garden! Get a head start by planting spring bulbs like tulips, daffodils, or hyacinth as a part of your fall garden. You’ll want to get these planted in the cool September or October soil and be sure to dig a hole two to three times deeper than the height of the bulb. A layer of mulch will help protect the bulbs during winter frost. 

Best time to plant: Late September or early October. 

Shrubs & Trees

If you want to give your landscape an upgrade, fall is the perfect time to add some shrubs and trees to your yard! The cool temperatures are the ideal climate to plant, with warm soil and cool air stimulating root growth. This will also give it enough time to grow just enough to survive the winter. Remember to provide enriched soil with all the necessary nutrients for a healthy tree or shrub!

Best time to plant: Mid-September until mid-October.  

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