After a scorching summer in the Texas heat, you may relish the idea of cooler days as temperatures taper off. You’ve carefully selected your summertime plants to withstand the extreme temps of our sweltering state, and now it’s time to transition your garden along with the season.
Luckily, the unique climate in Texas creates an extended blooming season for many plants that thrive in the milder autumn weather. As the hearty plants that you’ve chosen to withstand the heat begin to fade with the summer season, add color to your garden with these fall favorites.
At one to two feet in height, these beauties come in colors ranging from cream to rose to orange, with many more subtle hues in between. Perfect for the mild autumn climate in Texas, give these flowers full sun to enjoy pops of color well past summer.
Kale is having a moment—and not just in the kitchen. Ornamental kale comes in yellow, white, lavender, and rose, colors that intensify with the cold weather. They’re great for porches, patios or planted abundantly throughout the garden. With regular water and weekly fertilizer, you’ll have these hearty plants all the way until spring.
These lovely flowering shrubs are a southern favorite with good reason. They flower in late summer into autumn, and their white petals turn an increasingly deep shade of rose as the plants age.
At three to five feet tall, Mountain Sage shrubs add a bit of variety to your fall landscape. The red-orange blossoms are at their peak as the days get shorter, and they attract hummingbirds that will work wonders for your other plants. These late bloomers need part shade, so be sure to shield them from the afternoon sun.
Mexican Mint Marigold
You don’t have to bid farewell to your herb garden just because it’s cooling down. Mexican Mint Marigold has a licorice-like scent that’s used in teas, salad dressings, sauces and more, with small yellow blooms that return year after year. Whether you’re looking to add color, flavor or a little aromatherapy to your life, these are a versatile addition to your garden that will withstand dropping temps.
Gardening in what can be an extreme climate has its challenges, but luckily, autumn in Texas remains mild enough for a number of beautiful blooms to survive and thrive.