Fall is a wonderful time to plant a new garden, or freshen up your current flower bed. Many of the plants you expect to plant during spring throughout much of the country actually do best when planted during fall here in Arizona. With our help, you can have your plants looking healthy and vibrant all through the winter!
If you’re new to the world of horticulture, you may want to ease into it with annuals. Annuals are a small commitment compared to perennials. Their life cycle lasts only one year and includes four phases: seed, bloom, produce seeds, and die. This means they’ll need to be replanted next year, unless the seeds they produce find another place to germinate. Feel free to experiment with different kinds to see what you like! Annuals bloom for a long time, so you’ll get to enjoy pretty colors through winter and spring.
Popular winter annuals include:
- Wildflowers such as Desert Marigold, California Poppy, or Bluebell
Soil preparation is crucial to the health of your annuals. Soil should be loose, fertile, and well-drained. You’ll need to get a good fertilizer and mulch! In addition, digging in some peat moss or compost will help develop organic matter, which allows the plants to grow and spread deep roots.