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Brighten Up. Plant Flowers for Color All Winter.

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Ahh, relief. With the heat and humidity of the rainy season finally over, working in the garden is pleasant again. Now is a great time to plant flowers since the air and soil have cooled, which means less stress on new plants.

Ready-to-plant colorful annuals last for a season and perennials come back year after year. There are dozens of choices to plant now to brighten your garden through winter. Ask a Home Depot Garden Center associate for ideas.

Fall and Winter Annuals for Warm Climates:

  • Pansies
  • Violas
  • Alyssum
  • Pericallis
  • Calendula
  • Dianthus
  • Snapdragon

Fall and Winter Perennials for Warm Climates:

  • Blue sage
  • Bush daisy
  • Gaura
  • Leopard plant
  • Ornamental grasses

How to Plant Flowers:

  1. Before you buy, decide if your garden spot gets sun or shade. If it gets at least 6 hours of full sun a day, choose sun-loving flowers. Otherwise, pick plants that like part sun to shade.
  2. Group plants with the same sun and watering needs together.
  3. Plant in masses of 3, 5 or 7 of the same plant for the biggest visual impact. Don’t plant too close together. Remember to allow room for plants to mature. Check plant tags for directions on how far apart to plant.
  4. Turn the pot upside down. Tap on the bottom and shake to remove the plant.
  5. Dig a hole at least twice as wide and as deep as the pot the plant comes in. Use the empty pot as your guide.
  6. Mix compost into the soil.
  7. Gently loosen roots and place plant in the hole. Keep the root ball at or just below ground level.
  8. Fill the hole with soil, gently firming it with your hands.
  9. Water thoroughly.
  10. Fertilize according to directions.
  11. Add 2-3″ of mulch around the plant, keeping it away from the stems.


Fall and winter are typically dry in your area. Check new plants every day, and give them a good soaking if soil is dry.

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