Just because your hydrangeas and daisies won’t bloom forever doesn’t mean that you can’t maintain a stunning garden after the summer season has winded down. Believe it or not, you can pick from a wide range of gorgeous fall flowers, including cosmos, sunflowers, chrysanthemums and Japanese anemones to complete your outdoor space.
To create the perfect autumn garden, take the time to check in with your local nursery or plant supplier to determine the ideal time to plant the flowers that you like. Keep in mind that it will likely be late spring or early summer. A gardening expert should also be able to suggest the right annuals and perennials that will last through September and October, and for additional guidance, browse the United States Department of Agriculture’s Plant Hardiness Zone Map before placing any plant orders online. You can find useful pointers ranging from the most suitable varieties for different locations to the various climates across the U.S.
Once you’ve equipped yourself with enough information on how to arrange the perfect fall garden, you can browse our list of the top flowers to consider. Happy gardening!
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As its name suggests, these gorgeous flowers—which can be found in shades of blue, white, and pink—resemble hot-air balloons before they blossom. While they do well with full sun, they can also thrive in partial shade.
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Goldenrod is a striking weed-like plant that favors full sun and soil that’s well drained. But beware if you suffer from allergies, as their pollen can cause a runny nose and itchy eyes.
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This fluffy silver plant, which is also known as Jacobaea Maritima, would make for an unexpected addition to your garden. Give it full sun and well-drained to keep it healthy.
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If your garden needs a burst of color, look no further than hardy fuchsia, which is also referred to as fuchsia magellanica. Keep in mind that the right soil—not too dry, moist, or hot—is key for this type of flower.
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With well-drained soil, these hardy red flowers can grow up to 30 feet tall. They’re available in a slew of varieties, so you’re sure to find the perfect type to add visual interest to your garden.
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Certain varieties will keep on bloomin’ from mid-summer into fall. Pick orange- and red-tinted varieties for autumn bouquets, but dahlias come in just about every color under the sun.
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You’ll love these bright-blue beauties as much as the birds and butterflies do. For continued flowering, deadhead spent blooms.
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These tiny beauties flower profusely until first frost, brightening beds, borders, and hanging baskets even in part shade. They’ll even tolerate the hot, dry summer days in the South leading up to a cooler fall.
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The genus name comes from the the Greek words dios, meaning divine, and anthos, meaning flower. Extremely fitting, no? Cut them for long-lasting bouquets and continued blooming.
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These sunflower-like beauties will love the brightest spot in your garden. Sow the seeds directly in the soil at any point in the summer to get some splashy autumn blooms.
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Autumn reds and oranges look great and all, but you won’t mind seeing a splash of pink through your window this September. Bonus for shady yards: The versatile border plants thrive in part sun.
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Beginner gardeners take note of these sturdy (and aromatic!) stems. The flowering spikes also come with gorgeous silvery foliage to boot.
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Japanese Toad Lily
Like toads, these orchid-like flowers love shady, moist locations — but rest assured they’re a lot prettier than their namesake. Tricyrtis does well with other woodland plants like hostas and ferns, according to the Chicago Botanic Garden — but watch out for deer. They’ll like these blossoms as much as you do.
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