If you’re interested in adding a colorful array of ornamentals, Andrew Gaumond of Petal Republic is a fan of asters, dahlias, and begonias. He also adds that gardeners in fall planting mode should plan for the spring. “Many plants need a full winter season in the ground,” Gaumond explains. Those who plan in advance will be well rewarded in April or May the following year.

If you want fall blooms, select plants known to bloom in the late summer and fall. Don’t discount seeding annuals, such as zinnias, in the spring. They bloom for extended periods of time and well into the autumn.