Just because it’s fall, that doesn’t mean you can’t have beautiful flowers in your garden. There are so many different plants that thrive during the fall season. The hardest part is deciding what to plant! Here are our top five plants for fall garden inspiration. These flowers not only add vibrant colors and textures to your garden, but also last through the cooling season.
When it comes to fall flowers, mums the word. Chrysanthemums start to bloom in late August and last through the fall. They come in many colors and textures, and can grow up to 4 feet tall. Mums are low maintenance, and only need a light watering twice a day and 4 to 6 hours of direct sunlight. No fall garden is complete without the bold colors of chrysanthemums.
Asters are truly the stars of a fall garden. These plants can grow anywhere from 8 inches to 8 feet, and produce flowers that bloom in dazzling shades of pink, purple, blue and white. Asters are great for your garden ecosystem because they attract bees, butterflies and other pollinators. These are resilient plants that thrive when planted by early fall, in either sunny or shaded areas.
Also known as the ‘Lemon Queen’, perennial sunflowers produce large, gorgeous yellow blooms in the late summer. These plants can grow quite tall – up to 20 feet – and they love the sun. These are excellent flowers for brightening up your garden and your home.
The flowers of the Helenium plant bloom in perfect fall colors – rich oranges, browns, reds and yellows. These flowers, considered to be one of the most beautiful in the world, are named for Helen of Troy. Heleniums flower from midsummer until the end of fall, and give a delightful impression of your garden when planted in large groups.
Sedums are perfect all-season plants that look great the moment they emerge from the soil. These showy plants bloom in the fall with lush flowers and leaves that withstand both drought and rainy weather. They need very little care, if any, and are favorites of butterflies and bees. Taller sedums thrive in full sun, while some of the smaller species are best grown in pots or as houseplants.