Although springtime is known for fields of colorful tulips and daffodil flowers, that doesn’t mean that autumn can’t be full of activity in the garden with planting and blooming fall flowers. In fact, fall is a great time for annuals, perennials and evergreen shrubs to shine. Some popular fall flowers include colorful mums, dahlias, purple pansies and yes, even bright yellow sunflowers!
While many of these fall flowers peak in mid-summer and continue to share their beauty into autumn, others will be in bloom until the first hard frost. If you are a beginner gardener and are wondering how to plant a fall garden, leave it to us to walk you through each fall flower’s needs. We also recommend that you follow the USDA’s Plant Hardiness Zones, which provides helpful information on what and when to plant based on where you live. You can also get additional guidance by checking with your local nursery to help you determine which annuals or perennials are best to plant for your autumn garden. You’ll likely want to start planning late spring or early summer to ensure that you’ll have plenty options and time for your new plants to establish its roots before the first frost comes (but be sure to check with each plant’s needs).
So with a little planning and guidance, it’s time to put on those gardening gloves and get planting for a thriving garden full of fall flowers!
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The quintessential fall flower, you can pick up mums for (practically) a dime a dozen at the grocery store. Set the pots in bright, indirect light and water consistently throughout autumn. To keep ’em blooming (and looking neat), cut off buds as they wilt.
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.
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.
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 keep it well-drained to stay healthy.
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.
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.
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.
You’ll love these bright-blue beauties as much as the birds and butterflies do. For continued flowering, deadhead spent blooms.
Pansies can’t tolerate heat, but they can withstand the winter. Plant ’em at the end of summer and they’ll bloom until a hard frost. Then expect to see their smiling faces pop up again in the spring.
They may peak mid-summer, but most sunflowers will keep shooting up, up, up even as the weather cools. Harvest when the seeds start to turn brown, or the backs of the seed heads turn yellow. You’ll have to beat the birds to them, however.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Beginner gardeners take note of these sturdy (and aromatic!) stems. The flowering spikes also come with gorgeous silvery foliage to boot.
Watch this succulent plant sprout up in the summer before bursting into a deep pink or red in the fall. Since sedum (also called stonecrop) stores water in its leaves, it’s incredibly heat- and drought-resistant, and butterflies love the wide, dense flowers.
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You’ll know it’s time to go back to school once these tubular blossoms appear. The plant also goes by the name “chelone,” but take one look at the flowers and you’ll understand the nickname.
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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Let your flower garden go out with a bang with this show-stopping display. For the biggest swath of lavender blooms, plant in full sun. The daisy-like blossoms also repel deer and attract butterflies.
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