You can find many varieties, grown on site, at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Amherst.
Winter pansies, seen here, are popular. They’re frost tolerant and capable of withstanding our unpredictable fall weather. If you plant them in containers, they’re annuals, but if you plant them in the ground, they might come back in the spring.
Ornamental kale and mums are favorites for autumn, but other flowers that you might not think of include straw flower, diascia and osteospermum daisy. See a more extensive list of frost-tolerant annuals along with more photos.
For inspiration on how you might mix some of these plants in a container for your porch or patio, watch as Colleen Morrissey, herb manager and container designer at Mischler’s, demonstrates how to make a super quick fall planter.
Now is also the time to plant if you want beautiful spring flowers like tulips, daffodils and crocuses. Bulbs are now in stock at Mischler’s.
Bonus tip: If you bought plants from Mischler’s and still have the pots, you can help the environment by returning the pots to Mischler’s– They disinfect and reuse them. They can’t reuse the small, thin six-packs, but pots that you got at Mischler’s that are 3 1/2 inches in diameter or larger can be reused.