Are you wondering what fall plants are the best to grow in Tennessee? Whether you’re in the mood for some pretty perennials or some farm fresh fall planting vegetables, figuring out what to plant in the fall can be fun and might take a little bit of research. That’s why here at Victory Lawn Care Services, we want to make the process as easy for you as possible so that you can have the best lawn or garden in Germantown (or Collierville) and figure out what to plant now by zip code in time for the upcoming Thanksgiving dinner making crunch hour.
With that being said, here is a list of four fall plants that you can easily grow in your backyard.
1.) Bright Perennials(Peonies, Hostas, Mums, etc.) – Whether they be peonies or hostas, perennials not only add a lot of color to your garden, they are also very low maintenance flowers that don’t require a lot of water to grow.
To plant these, all that you need to do is place them into holes that are no more than 2 inches(5.08 centimeters) above the bud and give them at least 1 inch(2.54 centimeters) of water once a week until the ground freezes. Be sure not to overwater them or else they might not last as long.
Side note: For chrysanthemums and mums, it is best to plant these during the spring for maximum growth.
2.) Anything that’s in the onion family(Leeks, Scallions, Onions, etc.) – Although most of the plants in this family are notorious for giving you bad breath, if cooked properly, they can make the most delicious, authentic Chinese stir-fry and Indian curry dishes that you have ever tasted.
To plant these, all that you need to do is set the plants about 1 inch(2 cm) deep and space them out 3-4inches (7-10 centimeters) apart in rows 12 inches (30 centimeters) distant. Ideally, they should be grown in firm, fertile soil while the weather is still pretty warm.
Side note: If you want to grow scallions inside of the comfort of your own home, here’s a little trick that can help you save a ton of money on your next grocery bill:
-Cut off the green parts of the scallion and set the white pieces aside
-Place the white parts inside of a glass jar and place the jar in an area that has plenty of sunlight
-Cover the bulbs with just enough water.
-Wait until the onions grow 4 to 6 inches(10 to 15 centimeters) tall to reuse their green parts
Pretty easy, huh?
3.) Hardy Vegetables(Kale, Spinach, Cabbage, etc.) – Whether you love or hate them, there is no doubt that planting hardy vegetables such as cabbage and spinach during the fall can help provide you and your family the nutrients that they need to get through the upcoming cold winter season.
To plant these, all you need to do is read the back label of the seed packet to see how long it takes for the plants to mature and count backward from the frost date to give it enough time for the plants to grow.
Ideally, you should plant some of your favorite fall vegetables in early August. However, for hardy green vegetables such as kale and spinach, you can plant them later on during the season since they have a short maturity time.
Side note: If you plan on eating some of these hardy vegetables, be warned of any holes in the leaves as it may be a sign of insects.
4.) Pansies – A popular plant to grow during the spring and fall seasons, pansies are considered one of the easiest flowers to grow here in the midsouth. Because they do not require a lot of water and sunlight, pansies are a very low maintenance type of flower. They also come in a variety of colors if that is what you’re looking for.
To raise these beautiful flowers, all that you need to do is plant them 6 to 8 inches(15 to 20 centimeters) apart in nice, fertile soil in an area that has partial sunlight. Because these pretty flowers enjoy still-warm temperate soils, it is best to plant them in September while the weather is still hot.
Hey Victory Lawn Care Services, Where’s the Pumpkin!?
Good question! Although we often associate pumpkins with warm lattes and hot pies served with a dollop of whipped cream on top here in the U.S., here in the midsouth, the best time to plant them would be during the spring since they require a lot of time and maintenance to grow.
So while it would be awesome to have your very own soon-to-be-jack-o-lantern sitting in your backyard, in order to do that, you’ll have to wait until the weather gets warmer. In our case, that would be seven to eight months from now.
Fun Fact: Did you know that most of the so-called canned, pureed pumpkins found inside your local grocery store aren’t really made out of pumpkins? Instead, they’re made out of a blend of one or more types of winter squash.
One of the most common of these types of squash is butternut, which you can find either at the International Farmer’s Market in Winchester (or Cordova) or any Asian grocery store to make a delicious, nutritious, authentic Chinese stir-fry dish.
So tell us fellow readers, which of our four fall plants are you thinking about planting this year? Did you enjoy our little tidbit on how to plant scallions inside your own house? Feel free to let us know either in the comments or on social media!
If you are unsure where to start and need help with your lawn care and landscaping needs, we are here to help! Contact us today to see how our landscaping and lawn care experts can help start you off with your fall vegetable and plant garden.