Ask a Question forum: What are the best things to plant in central NC in Sept.&Oct?

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Sep 6, 2016 1:58 AM CST
Trying to decide when to put in which bulbs and which flowers, other. Than my Lenten Roses, will bloom in winter. I also want to plant some beets..... Please tell me about the most successful flowers you've seen in this zone (7b/ 8a), as well as the most unique, for putting in the ground this time of year.
Name: Elaine
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Sep 6, 2016 6:26 AM CST
Beets and other cool-weather veggies will want to wait until early spring - February? - in your zone.

I'm not sure about flower bulbs in your area but you could probably plant some things like daffodils in November that will then bloom for you in the spring. I'm quite a bit south of you, halfway down Florida and for winter color, I plant cool weather annurals like Calendula. They give me nice color right through the winter. If you had a really hard frost, you'd need to throw a sheet over them for the coldest nights but they don't mind cold weather. Pansies are also very good value for winter color and will stand some frost.

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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Sep 8, 2016 12:27 PM CST
I'm in zone 8A...its time to plant beets.rudabaga.etc.
snow peas.broccoli.cabbage.etc. stores allready have pony packs.
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