Fall is a great time to plant annuals in your yard for color all winter long and into spring.

What to plant you say? Here’s a list of our favorites and how to use them, almost all of them grown locally by Fredriks Nursery!


Sweet Peas – known for their sweet fragrance in the spring, sweet peas are often overlooked until they bloom at which time it is too late to plant here in the Central Valley. Best time to plant is in October whether by seed or start for their spring bloom. They will need a fine support system like trellis netting for their delicate little tendrils to wrap around as they grow. Dwarf “self supporting” varieties are available and are great additions to containers or hanging baskets. Grow in part to full sun.

Calendula a.k.a. Pot Marigold (not pictured) – this annual is the the Marigold of the winter. Considered a mid range -tall growing flower for fall, the bright and cheery flower petals are edible and used in salads, soups and to color soaps and other homemade concoctions. Grow in part to full sun.


Cyclamen – I like to call them the Queens of the Winter. Not really an annual but more like a bulb, Cyclamen give non-stop color until the warm spring days arrive. Available in white, white with purple eye, pink, rose, purple, red, wine red and even in colors flamed with white. Super cute minis are available too. Plant cyclamen in the ground, containers or hanging baskets. Keep them blooming the best with regular fertilizing and deadheading by plucking the entire spent flower stem, do not cut. Grow them in shade, part shade or a cool, sunny spot. When they tire out in the warm days of spring, set them aside in a cool, dry area and water occasionally through the summer. Beginning in September when you see new leaves sprout, water regularly and fertilize and they will come back in to bloom for the winter!


Flowering Cabbage & Flowering Kale – great for bold texture and color, flowering cabbage and kale are must haves in the garden or mixed containers. Flowering cabbage has large smooth leaves while flowering kale have very frilly leaves. Grow in part to full sun.


Pansies – known for their wide selection of colors, pansies are fantastic for winter color in the yard. Blotch pansies have the dark centers or choose from solid color pansies. Lower growing and great for mass plantings or just in containers. Grow in part to full sun.


Violas – often confused with Pansies, Violas are have smaller flowers. You may already know the most popular Viola, Johnny Jump Up. Violas are great to tuck into containers or hanging baskets and bloom better in shadier locations than pansies.

Snapdragons – known for their height and unique flower they can really make a statement as you can see in the photo from a customer’s garden. Snaps are available as tall as 3′ or as short as 8″ and a few sizes in between. Best grown in full sun they put their best bloom out in the spring. The dwarf varieties are great for containers.

Primrose – these in-between season fillers may have a short life but very high impact. Usually planted in January as 4″ plants already blooming when we are all looking for a little more cheeriness in the yard. Grow in part to full sun, well-drained soil and do not keep wet in order to keep these show stoppers happy.

Stock (not pictured) – is an old fashioned flower prized for it’s intense, sweet fragrance and great cut flower. Best planted in the fall they will bloom in the spring. Grow in part to full sun and well drained soil.


For fertilizer we recommend Bumper Crop Rose and Flower fertilizer at planting time and every 2-3 months during the growing season. Don’t forget to amend the soil with Bumper Crop Planting mix too!

September 28, 2017

Thank you for the tips on winter flowers! Just this week I was wondering what I should plant for the winter in my front yard beds. This article helped!

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