Fall gardening in Kansas is often very productive, and certainly a more enjoyable task after a hot, humid summer. While the temperatures may drop to more comfortable level for gardeners, the soil will stay warm up till the end of October, making fall a great time for certain plants to build a strong root structure. Plus, fall plantings lead to earlier, and fuller spring blooms. Here are a few fall plants that will grow beautifully in your Kansas City garden:
Mum’s the Word
Chrysanthemums are the superstars of autumn flowers. They come in a variety of fall-friendly colors and look great with fall decor such as pumpkins, corn stalks, and hay bales. They can be planted directly in the ground or in containers, but either way, they will be a beautiful addition to any Kansas City fall landscape.
Spring Ahead with Bulbs
Fall is the perfect time to plan for spring flowers that never fail to delight after a long winter season. Spring bulbs like to freeze in the ground over winter, so plant them during September or October for an amazing display when the ground starts to thaw in late February or early March.
Here are spring bulbs you’ll want to put in the ground right away:
The Amazing Aster
Asters are lovely, traditionally shaped flowers that are available in a range of purples, blues, pinks, and the traditional white. They absolutely brighten an autumn garden and look great along pathways and borders. Try these in the fall for a stand out plant that will hold steady through the colder, Kansas City weather.
Every Kansas gardener worth their salt has a Peony or two amidst their blooms. These showy plants are remarkably low maintenance given their spectacular blooms, and can live up to 50 years with proper trimming. If you are ever unsure about best pruning or trimming practices, it’s best to consult with a lawn service professional.
Early fall is the best time to plant peonies so they can establish their roots before winter. However, take note that they generally won’t flower in their first year of planting, but are well worth the wait when they do!
Stalk Up on Leafy Greens & Root Vegetables
If you prefer to have some more functional plants among your flowers, then fall is the perfect time to add in some of the healthier varieties. Cauliflower, Bok Choy, and other Asian greens all produce healthier crops with stronger flavors when planted during the fall season.
Don’t Forget to Fertilize!
Fall is an excellent time to add fertilizer to your garden, lawn, and around your trees. However, we strongly advise consulting or hiring a professional to do so as over-fertilization can cripple and even kill young root systems.