30 Best Fall Flowers for an Autumn Garden

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Of course, you know that your daisies and peonies will not bloom forever. That said, you can look on the bright side by considering falling flowers like pansies, moms, Japanese anemones – the list goes on. With eye-catching colors from red to blue, there is no shortage of flowers to choose the perfect fall garden. But before you start shopping, be sure to consult with your local plant supplier or nursery to determine the best time to plant each species, which tends to be in late spring or early summer. You can also consult a gardening expert in your area to determine the best annuals and perennials that will bloom in September and October. Also, it’s worth visiting the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s plant hardiness zone map before ordering plants online. You will discover a useful guide, highlighting the different climates in the United States and the varieties most suited to each location. Once you’ve done your research, choose from these fall blooming beauties to enhance your garden.

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Balloon flower

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As the name suggests, these beautiful flowers – found in shades of blue, white and pink – look like hot air balloons before they bloom. Although they do well in full sun, they can also thrive in partial shade.

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Goldenrod

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Goldenrod is a striking herb that promotes full sun and well-drained soil. But beware if you have allergies, as their pollen can cause a runny nose and itchy eyes.

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Dusty miller

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This fluffy silvery plant, also known as Jacobaea Maritima, would be an unexpected addition to your garden. Give it full sun and well-drained to keep it healthy.

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Hardy Fuchsia

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If your garden needs a splash of color, look no further than rustic fuchsia, also called fuchsia magellanica. Keep in mind that good soil – not too dry, damp or hot – is essential for this type of flower.

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Sumac

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With well-drained soil, these hardy red flowers can grow up to 30 feet tall. They are available in a multitude of varieties, so you are sure to find the perfect type to add visual interest to your garden.

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Amaranth

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Amaranthus produces beautiful acorn-shaped flowers every fall that look great in arrangements – both fresh and dried. Grow this annual in full sun or partial shade, advises the Missouri Botanical Garden.

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Dahlias

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Some varieties will continue to bloom from mid-summer to fall. Choose varieties tinged with orange and red for fall bouquets, but dahlias come in almost any color under the sun.

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Cornflower

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You will love these bright blue beauties as much as the birds and butterflies. For continuous flowering, the dead head has passed the flowers.

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Celosia

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Also known as rooster crest, Celosia cristata produces crested flower heads several inches wide until fall. It’s relative Celosia plumosa, on the other hand, produces feather-like plumes – another fall favorite.

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Sunflowers

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They can peak in mid-summer, but most sunflowers will continue to go up, up, even when the weather gets colder. Harvest when the seeds start to brown or the back of the seed heads turn yellow. However, you will have to beat the birds.

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Canna

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Tropical flowers and lush leaves reach up to 8 feet tall and can dazzle from May to October, depending on type and location. Plant dwarf varieties in containers and bring them indoors during the winter to enjoy them year-round.

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Cosmos

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Your kitchen can never do without flowers if you plant a bed of cosmos. They make great bouquets from spring until the first frost. Bonus: finished flowers can self-seed in your garden for even more stems.

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Gomphrena

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If you are struggling with dry or clay soil, try this drought tolerant species. Gomphrena globosa usually grows about a foot tall and lasts until the gel sets in.

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Verbena

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These tiny beauties bloom abundantly until the first frost, brightening up beds, borders and hanging baskets, even in partial shade. They will even tolerate hot, dry summer days in the South, leading to a cooler fall.

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Dianthus

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The name of the genus comes from the Greek words dios, which means divine, and anthos, which means flower. Extremely appropriate, right? Cut them for long-lasting bouquets and continuous flowering.

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Chrysanthemums

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The quintessential fall flower, you can pick up moms for (practically) a dime a dozen at the grocery store. Set the pots in bright, indirect light and water consistently throughout the fall. To keep them in bloom (and look neat), cut the buds while they wilt.

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Rudbeckia

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These sunflower beauties will love the brightest spot in your garden. Sow the seeds directly in the soil at any time during the summer to get splashing fall flowers.

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Thoughts

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Thoughts cannot withstand heat, but they can withstand winter. Plant them at the end of summer and they will bloom until a hard frost. Expect to see their smiling faces reappear in the spring.

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Helenium

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They are not only pretty. Helenium also repels deer and prevents rabbits from nibbling on other flowers in your bed.

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Decorative peppers

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Just warning that you shouldn’t try to eat them, as they are particularly spicy. Stick the pot in your sunniest window for the best “harvest” and water evenly once the soil is slightly dry.

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Witch Hazel

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Yes, you do get pretty dark green foliage in the summer, but fall and winter are the times when this popular shrub really shines. Spider witch hazel flowers often bloom well beyond the time other trees and shrubs drop their leaves.

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Japanese anemones

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Fall reds and oranges look great, but you don’t mind seeing a touch of pink through your window in September. Bonus for shaded gardens: Multipurpose border plants partially thrive in the sun.

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Perennial sage

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Beginner gardeners take note of these sturdy (and aromatic!) Stems. The flowering ears also come with beautiful silver foliage to start.

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Sedum

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Watch this succulent plant germinate in summer before bursting into dark pink or red in autumn. Since sedum (also called stonecrop) stores water in its leaves, it is incredibly resistant to heat and drought, and butterflies love large, dense flowers.

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Turtleheads

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You will know that it is time to go back to school once these tubular flowers appear. The plant is also called “chelone”, but take a look at the flowers and you will understand the nickname.

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Alysssum

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Available in purple and white, the alyssum works both in containers and beds, or as a ground cover. If you are aiming for a fantastic garden, plant it between springboards for a magical effect.

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Japanese toad lily

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Like toads, these orchid flowers love shady, humid places – but rest assured that they are much 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 will love these flowers as much as you do.

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Colchique

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You may know Colchicum by its other name: autumn crocus. As you can imagine, they bloom between August and September, but without leaves. The leaves only appear in spring before dying.

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Asters

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Let your flower garden come out in style with this amazing display. For the largest strip of lavender flowers, plant in full sun. Daisy-like flowers also repel deer and attract butterflies.

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Monkshood

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Warning: this plant is poisonous, but with purple flowers, it is difficult to resist this pretty one. Plant the perennial (also known as a wolf) in shaded areas – and make sure to wash your hands after handling it. If you have children or curious animals, you may want to skip this one.

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