Fall is a crucial time for gardeners.
Fall Outdoor Display with Mums and Pumpkins
Credit: Hector Sanchez

This may be a little known fact, but fall is the key planting time for a beautiful garden. It's also the key time to give your plants one last manicure before winter sets in. You actually have double the garden work during autumn. Now that summer's heat is cooling off, it's time for you to switch out your summer annuals for fall appropriate annuals and plant spring bulbs before the frost the first freeze. Here's a handy list of flowers to plant in fall:

Fall Annuals

Mums, also known as Chrysantheums—This the most popular fall annual and it deserves a little bit more information. Buy potted varieties of them in September so that you will have options in every shape and color to choose from. Plant them in fall beds or containers and be sure to keep them watered well. For a pretty cottage look, try loosely growing old-fashioned types like 'Hillside Sheffield' and 'Single Apricot Korean.' If you're trying to start them from seed, you'll need to plant them much earlier in the spring to give them time to mature and bloom for autumn.

Other tried-and-true, cool weather annuals for you to replace your tired summer flowers in either beds or containers -- angelonia, Begonia, coleus, lantana, calibrachoa, cosmos, globe amaranth, impatiens, lobelia, marigold, petunia, spider flower, sunflower, sweet alyssum, and zinnia.

Fall Vegetables

Lettuce, Snowpeas, Collards, Carrots, Brussel sprouts, spinach, Broccoli, radish. The general rule of thumb is to plant fall vegetables 90 days before the first frost. Although, some vegetables (like broccoli) need a little more time to mature and sprout. Read the individual plant's directions before planting anything.

Trees and Shrubs

Planting now gives them time to grow roots and take a strong hold into the ground.

Spring Bulbs

In November you'll want to plant your tulip, daffodils, jonquils, hyacinths and other brightly colored early spring flowers.