Beautiful Annual Flowers for Fall

Add color and interest to your garden with fresh fall annual flowers.

-Looking about color and interest to your yard this autumn? Try Fall Annuals. They're perfect for swapping out tired plants in your summer container gardens, tucking into beds and borders for more seasonal color or adding fresh looks to your front door, patio or deck for the fall. Here are 5 fantastic fall annuals. Ornamental peppers are easy to grow and very colorful fruits in shades of red, orange, yellow, blue, purple and even black. Some ornamental peppers are spicy hot. Others have non-pungent fruits and are safe to grow around small children. In addition to their fruits, some variety show off lovely their irrigated foliage as well. Peppers do not tolerate frost so they will need to be covered or protected if frost is predicted. Pansy's a fall favorite that offers cheery, edible flowers in shades of red, orange, yellow, white, purple and blue. Pansies are very hardy and take cold temperatures with these in many areas. They'll survive the winters if planted in the ground and bloom again the following spring. Straw flower is an old-fashioned variety that features colorful flowers with paper-like petals. It's perfect for use in dried floral crafts. The blooms appear in shades of yellow, orange, red, pink and white. Like ornamental peppers, it doesn't tolerate frost. So, protect straw flowers from freezing temperatures. Flowering kale, a relative of cabbage, adds wonderful texture to the fall garden with its colorful pink, purple or white leaves. It's amazing when paired with purple pansies and holds up well to freezing temperatures. Kale or borecole is commonly thought of as a summer annual, but it holds up well the cold temperatures, too. It's a natural for fall container gardens. The jewel-toned flowers come in nearly every color and it has a sparing trailing habit making the fun choice for cascading over the side your fall containers.