8 Best Fall Annual Flowers for North Texas

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Annuals are a popular choice for many gardeners looking for fast-growing flowers to decorate their beds. A well-balanced annual plant collection may add brilliant color to your North Texas garden.

There are lots of choices when it comes to North Texas annuals, but choosing the best variety basically comes down to knowing which flower best thrives in your specific environment. 

One critical factor you’ll need to consider is how much sunlight your flower bed gets or if it is located under shade. 

So, without much ado, here are our top picks for the best annuals for North Texas:

  1. Zinnia

The zinnia flower belongs to the same family as the sunflower and daisy. 

While they share some characteristics with their relatives, the Zinnia flower structure is more compact and denser. They thrive in the sun and will grow in practically any soil type. 

Since Zinnia blooms for 60 to 70 days, aim to plant it in late spring/early summer manicured areas. Additionally, you may plant them in late summer and continue to enjoy their flowers well into the fall.

  1. Purslane 

Despite their delicate appearance, Purslane are fairly resilient and require minimal maintenance. 

They also add a low-growing shape to your gardens. Purslane is typically planted along the borders of flower beds or hanging baskets. 

It is a vigorous grower that can reach a height of 16 inches. Certain kinds of this annual can be grown via cuttings, allowing you to spread the color over your yard.

  1. Impatiens 

Impatiens’ cheerful blooms are among the most common plants you can use to instantly add color to shady areas of your landscape.

They thrive in medium to full shade with well-drained soil and are frequently found along the margins of plant beds, pots, and hanging baskets. 

There are blooms in pinks, reds, purples, and whites that reach a height of up to 8 inches.

  1. Vinca 
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Also known as Periwinkle, the Vinca is a favorite choice for people looking for a heat-loving, bright bloomer. This flower is ideal for outdoor container gardening and patio pots that receive direct sunlight. 

Vinca appreciates full sun and thrives in heat, which means that blooms will bloom throughout the summer or into late October. 

  1. Petunia 

Instead of opting for a low-growing petunia, pick a robust-breed variety for increased overall height and bed coverage. 

These full-sun plants thrive in hot, dry climates and can reach heights of up to 24 inches and widths of 36 inches. The trumpet-shaped blooms range in hue from purple to pink to blue, white, red, and yellow.

  1. Dragon Wing Begonias

The vast majority of folks in Texas and other parts of the world adore wax begonias. 

Dragon Wings are a new generation of large-leafed, greater hybrids that perform exceptionally well in beds, baskets, and containers. Their leaves are around the size of your palms. 

Their blossoms are about the size of golf balls. They thrive well in the summer sun, from morning till mid-morning, then shade for the remainder of the day. 

  1. Texas Sage

This upright sensitive perennial adds vibrancy to yearly bedding arrangements. Its bright crimson flowers are grown on open spikes that reach a height of 2 to 2.5 feet. 

It blooms from summer to fall. The plants reach a width of about a foot and have oval or heart-shaped leaves.

  1. The Lantana

I’ve always assumed that any plant that can endure the sultry summers of Del Rio/Uvalde deserves a place in my garden. Lantanas are indigenous to that region, and they are always welcome in any garden. 

Today, New Gold is the most popular trailing lantana. It is a triploid (sterile) hybrid that never stops blooming. 

The Gold Mound and its sibling, the Silver Mound, are my personal favorites, despite their rarity, especially the white type. I adore trailing lavender as well as its white variant. Provide these with ample, scorching, intolerable sun and keep them moist. 

Final Words

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Whichever color, height, or greenery you require to add vibrancy to your landscape, the odds are you’ll find it among the diverse selection of annuals discussed above. 

Let me know what you plan to introduce in your flower garden this year or next spring in the comments below.

 

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