If you're gardening in a warm climate (lucky you), what do you plant as the temperatures start to cool a bit in fall? What plants get you through the winter months without too much protection? Help out our Southern transplants who want to make good use of this wonderful gardening season. What do you grow?
to grow in fall
- i think we can start putting seeds of winter plants and by the time they'll be reddy to transfer in beds.we can also put bulbs of gladulas and like that.i do try with cuttings of hardy plants.
- —Guest Asha jain
San Jose CA
- It is difficult in this area because it was 105 degrees last weekend and today it is 58 degrees and windy. I grow most everything in containers, under cover. Orchids, gardenias, Mums, mini roses, 28 trees, from redwoods to California Buckeye. I rent so rarely put anything in the ground. Scalloped Squash and Pumpkins this year and then the aphids took over without any notice. Have 2 nice pumpkins for the grandkids...
- Southern California valleys , onions, white potatoes lettuce, parsley, pumpkin,sorrel, rosemary, chives,thyme. Love it all.
- —Guest Marcela
- It usually doesn't get cool outside until late October or even November so Lantana is nice. I also like to plant pansies. There are some really beautiful colors which is nice to see on a dreary day especially.
- —Guest Claire
- I live in Italy; first yr gardening. hope my metel datura resists, & hibiscus. will try bamboo. only have small terrace with pots. will ask in specialty plant shop. let you know.
- Carnations do wonderfully for me year round. Snap dragons and stock are both beautiful to look at along with ornamental cabbage. All kinds of sages, lavenders and artamesia do great also.
- —Guest Rita
- Pansies and more pansies. Yellow and purple of course!
- —Guest Lynn
- Heavenly bamboo looks lovely in containers. Prune them in the shape of bamboo or let them grow bushy...some trailing ivy and violas work throughout the winter here in Idaho as well...
- —Guest Lovely
Tulsa Winter Gardening
- I have good luck with violas, they look like small pansy blooms, but bloom more profusely than pansies, which are actually derived from violas. I have also had good luck with flowering kale. On the herb side, my rosemary produces all winter long.
- Cyclamen, They hold up beautifully through rain, some are ruffled and look like short parrot tulips! About 70% return year after year. Some are richly fragrant. Also ornamental cabbage and kale.
My Cool Season Favorites
- In the cool season, a whole lotta plants grow in coastal Southern California! For flowers I just love the smiling faces of blue pansies nodding in the breeze along with the lovely wafting aroma of stock and carnations. And you really can't beat the perennial snapdragons and they are so fun to play with too! However, I like a good, edible landscape, so I'm getting ready to plant some herbs: Borage, chervil, chives, cilantro, dill, feverfew, lovage, lemon grass, parsley & sorrel. I plant most of these in the ground around my yard, but they will do well in containers too. Just remember to put the deep rooted plants in big, deep pots--or nobody will be happy... I keep my lemon grass in a pot because it's so happy around here it would just take over if I didn't (and I do know this from experience!). I've also got a cool season vegetable garden. In it are going: Artichokes, asparagus, Beets, Brussel's sprouts, cardoon, chard, green onions, lettuce and peas.
- —Guest Garden Goddess
veggies instead of flowers
- My favorite zone 9 plants are carrots and snow peas. They do much better in the cool weather than in the heat.
- —Guest yamahamama