Planting Tips to Give Every Gardner a Green Thumb

Fall Flowers

We don’t have to sacrifice color in the fall with the bounty of fall flowers available. It’s also an ideal time to think about pruning, dividing, and prepping those flower beds for the winter months.

Helpful Tips

  • Wait to cut back perennials until after several hard frosts have hit, and only cut back a few perennial flowers, such as Bee Balm, Phlox, Peonies, Hosta, and Bearded Iris.
  • Divide clumping perennials like Daisies, Phlox, Yarrow, Feverfew, Salvia, Chives, Daylilies, Hostas, and ornamental grass. Never divide a plant while in bloom and never divide single stem or tap-root plants.
  • The best spring flower bulbs to plant in the fall are Crocus, Snowdrop, Muscari, Daffodil, Hyacinth, Tulip, and Allium. 

Seasonal Flowers

Green Utica Seasonal Flowers Chrysanthemum Chrysanthemums (Mums)
Green Utica Seasonal Flowers Balloon Flower Balloon Flower
Green Utica Seasonal Flowers Dusty Miller Dusty Miller
Green Utica Seasonal Flowers Fuchsia Fuchsia
Green Utica Seasonal Flowers Cornflower Cornflower
Green Utica Seasonal Flowers Fall Pansy Pansies
Green Utica Seasonal Flowers Fall Celosia Celosia (Cockscomb)

Helpful Resources

From annuals to wildflowers and everything in between, this comprehensive guide from our partners at Cornell Cooperative Extension has tips on planting, flowers, garden design, and how to preserve flowers.