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I live in North, TX (DFW) and was wondering if there are any colorful fall/winter perennials that I can plant in my flower garden?
Hardiness Zone: 8a
By Samantha from Dallas, TX
Mums are always good. Just be sure and deadhead them after the first bloom and you'll have them blooming again later in the fall. Trim them down to ground level for winter (mayb Jan for our climate) and they come back bigger and full of blooms every year.
I'm also from DFW. There are a lot of people around here plant pansies. They have lots of color and do very well here, even in the snow. Also ornamental kale is used a lot. It's loves cool to cold weather, and does good fall through the winter.
Sedum, cyclamen, crocus, camelia will work in the soggy winter Texas months. Annuals like pansies, violas, kale, snapdragons, stock, dusty miller and primrose will also work. Fall plants will satisfy till the first frost such as mums, petunias, croton, salvia gregii (autumn sage).
I'm in DFW as well and would like to know more about the mum idea. Is it a good idea to plant the potted mums like Home Depot and other stores sell, or should we grow our own from seeds?