By Katie Houdek
There’s a couple of serious perks to life in Texas and one of them is year-round gardening! One of the best things you can do for you and your garden is to plant seasonally. There are several annuals that are well-suited to our cooler months.
If you appreciate the cottage garden look these flowers are for you. Pick up a pack of seeds from your local garden store and get them in the dirt! These flowers are also known as Bachelor’s Buttons and once established can provide color in your garden from fall through spring!
This is a hardy annual that grows best in cool conditions. It’s particularly suited to North Texas properties for fall through spring. You’ll find Dianthus in a variety of colors such as white, pink, and red.
Ornamental Cabbage and Kale
These aren’t for the dinner table but they’re perfectly at home in your yard! The plant has hardy leaves in variegated shades of green, pink, and purple. They look beautiful as a border, bed, and container plants making them truly flexible and useful for cool weather planting.
Pansies can be such a dramatic pop of color in your garden bed. You can find the delightful blooms in a range of colors throughout the winter months in Texas. This low-growing annual is a great addition to any Texas winter garden.
Snapdragons come in absolutely gorgeous colors and can bring a lot of color to your garden during the winter in the warmer parts of the state and spring in the cooler areas. They make a spectacular cut flower and can really brighten up your home. Make sure to deadhead snapdragons regularly to ensure the best bloom.
This sweet blooming cluster is great for winters in Southern Texas. The plant doesn’t do well with heavy frost making it a better choice for warmer winters. They can be used to make a rather dramatic effect in both containers and beds.
Petunias are great all year round in Texas. They’re an all-weather flower that’s heat and pest tolerant. What makes them so great is that they also flourish in the cooler months! Wave Petunias make especially great container plants!