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Fall Annuals
Provide Late Season Color

Gardening with fall annuals will keep your yard looking bright and cheerful until those first snowflakes start falling.

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Sweet alyssum is one of my favorite annuals. It starts blooming in mid summer and blooms right up until the frost wipes it out for the year. It doesn't leave without a fight though as it will spread seeds that will come to life in the spring.


Annuals For Fall Color

If you walk into a garden center during the late summer, you'll most likely be bombarded by mums everywhere. They do provide do provide a huge mass of color but they aren't the only flowers you can plant in the fall for color.

White Flowered Annuals For Fall

Botanical Name Common Name Bloom Time
Ageratum Houstonianum 'Summer Snow' Flossflower Early Summer To Fall
Antirrhinum Majus "White Sonnet' Snapdragon Early Summer To Fall
Asclepias Fruticosa Milkweed Late Summer To Fall
Cobaea Scandens 'Alba' Cup-and-saucer Vine Early Summer To Fall
Crepis Rubra 'Alba' Hawksbeard Early Summer To Fall
Helianthus Annus 'Italian White' Sunflower Late Summer To Fall
Iberis Odorata Candytuft Early Summer To Fall
Ipomoea Alba Moonflower Late Summer To Fall
Nicotiana Sylvestris Flowering Tobacco Early Summer To Fall
Omphalodes Linifolia Navelwort Late Summer To Fall
Reseda Odorata Mignonette Late Summer To Fall

Yellow Flowered Fall Annuals

Botanical Name Commong Name Bloom Time
Gazania Linearis Gazania Late Summer To Fall
Helianthus Annuus 'Teddy Bear' Sunflower Late Summer To Fall
Hibiscus Trionum Rose Mallow Late Summer To Fall
Mentzelia Decapetala Mentzelia Late Summer To Fall
Mentzelia Laevicaulis Mentzelia Late Summer To Fall
Oenothera Biennis Evening Primrose Early Summer To Fall
Oenothera Erythrosepala 'Tina James' Evening Primrose Early Summer To Fall
Sanvitalia Procumbens 'Gold Braid' Creeping Zinnia Early Summer To Fall
Tagetes Erecta 'Primrose Lady' Marigold Early Summer To Fall
Tropaeolum Peregrinum Nasturtium Late Summer To Fall

Orange Fall Flowering Annuals

Botanical Name Commong Name Bloom Time
Eschscholzia Californica 'Aurantiaca' California Poppy Early Summer To Fall
Ipomoea Quamoclit Cypress Vine, Star Glory Late Summer To Fall
Sanvitalia Procumbens 'Mandarin Orange' Creeping Zinnia Early Summer To Fall
Zinnia Angustifolia Narrow Leaf Zinnia Early Summer To Fall

Red Flowered Fall Annuals

Botanical Name Commong Name Bloom Time
Amaranthus Caudatus Amaranth Late Summer To Fall
Aesclepias Curassavica Milkweed Late Summer To Fall
Capsicum Annuum 'Holiday Cheer' Ornamental Pepper Late Summer To Fall
Cleome Hasslerana 'Cherry Queen' Spider Flower Early Summer To Fall
Cuphea Ignea Cigar Plant Early Summer To Fall
Hibiscus Acetosella 'Red Shield' Rose Mallow Fall
Ipomoea Nil 'Scarlet O'Hara' Morning Glory Late Summer To Fall
Salvia Coccinea 'Lady In Red' Texas Sage Early Summer To Fall
Zinnia Elegans 'Big Red' Common Zinnia Early Summer To Fall

Pink Fall Annuals

Botanical Name Commong Name Bloom Time
Catharanthus Roseus 'Tropicana' Periwinkle Early Summer To Fall
Celosia Cristata 'Pink Tassles' Cockscomb Late Summer To Fall
Cleome Hasslerana 'Pink Queen' Spider Flower Early Summer To Fall
Cosmos Bipinnatus 'Versailles Pink' Cosmos Late Summer To Fall
Crepis Rubra Hawksbeard Late Summer To Fall
Diascia Barberae 'Pink Queen' Twinspur Early Summer To Fall
Pelargonium X Hortorum 'Freckles' Zonal Geranium Early Summer To Fall
Petunia X Hybrida 'Fantasy Pink Morn' Petunia Early Summer To Fall
Verbena X Hybrida 'Silver Ann' Vervain Early Summer To Fall

Purple Fall Annuals

Botanical Name Commong Name Bloom Time
Antirrhinum Majus 'Black Prince' Snapdragon Early Summer To Fall
Cobaea Scandens Cup-and-saucer Vine Early Summer To Fall
Cynara Cardunculus Cardoon Late Summer To Fall
Ocimum Basilicum 'Dark Opal' Sweet Basil Late Summer To Fall
Pennisetum Setaceum 'Rubrum' Purple Fountain Grass Late Summer To Fall
Petunia X Hybrida 'Heavenly Lavendar' Petunia Early Summer To Fall
Rhodochiton Atrosanguineum Purple Bell Vine Late Summer To Fall
Salvia Splendens 'Laser Purple' Scarlet Sage Early Summer To Fall
Verbena Bonariensis Vervain Early Summer To Fall

Blue Fall Annuals

Botanical Name Commong Name Bloom Time
Ageratum Houstonianum 'Blue Horizon' Flossflower Early Summer To Fall
Callistephus Chinensis 'Blue Skies' China Aster Late Summer To Fall
Cynoglossum Amabile Chinese Forget-me-not Early Summer To Fall
Exacum Affine Persian Violet Early Summer To Fall
Lobelia Erinus Lobelia Early Summer To Fall
Oxypetalum Caerumeum Blue Milkweed Early Summer To Fall
Salvia Farinacea 'Victoria' Mealycup Sage Early Summer To Fall

Mixed Fall Annuals

Botanical Name Commong Name Bloom Time
Alcea Rosea 'Pinafore Mixed' Hollyhock Late Summer To Fall
Begonia 'Pizzazz Mixed' Wax Begonia Early Summer To Fall
Canna X Generalis Canna Lily Late Summer To Fall
Centaurea Cyanus Bachelor's Button, Cornflower Early Summer To Fall
Coreopsis Tinctoria Calliopsis, Tickseed Early Summer To Fall
Gomphrena Globosa Globe Amaranth Early Summer To Fall
Gypsophila Elegans Baby's Breath Early Summer To Fall
Helichrysum Bracteatum Strawflower Late Summer To Fall
Impatiens Wallerana Busy Lizzy Early Summer To Fall
Lobularia Maritima Sweet Allysum Early Summer To Fall
Mimulus X Hybridus Monkey Flower Late Summer To Fall
Mirabilis Jalapa Four-O-Clock Early Summer To Fall
Nemesia Strumosa 'Cardinal Mixed' Nemesia Early Summer To Fall
Nicotiana Alata 'Nikki' Jasmine Tobacco Early Summer To Fall
Pelargonium Peltatum Ivy Geranium Early Summer To Fall
Portulaca Grandiflora 'Sundance' Moss Rose Early Summer To Fall
Salpiglossis Sinuata 'Bolero' Painted Tongue Early Summer To Fall
Schizanthus Pinnatus Butterfly Flower Early Summer To Fall
Tropaeolum Minus 'Alaska Mixed' Dwarf Nasturtium Early Summer To Fall
Xeranthemum Annuum Everlasting Late Summer To Fall

As you can see by the lists above, there are plenty of fall annual flowers for you to choose from. One of the fun things about gardening is being able to try different plants each year. If your garden planters are starting to look a little run down try putting fall annuals in container gardens to give them new life.


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There is always music amongst the trees in the garden,
But our hearts must be still to hear it.

green thumb A green thumb is nothing more than hard work and the desire to make things grow.
Albert E. Tuttle

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