Fall Blooming Perennial
Fall blooming perennial plants to place into your garden for some late season color.
Fall Is For PlantingThe temperature may be cooling off outside, but that doesn't mean you have to stop visiting your garden. The cool weather makes it more pleasurable to be working outdoors.
Plants will adjust to the garden much easier with the cooler temperature than they would if it was scorching hot out.
I like to stop any planting 3-6 weeks before the first frost is likely to hit. This gives the plants a chance to get settled into their new home.
You don't want to use a fertilizer that is high in nitrogen at this time as any new growth will be sensitive to cold temperature. Use a root stimulator to help get the roots growing.
Tall Perennials For Fall BloomsCimicifuga simplex (common name: bugbane) zones: 4-8
Tall upright spikes full of star shaped white flowers.
Eupatorium fistulosum (joe-pye weed) zones: 3-8
pinkish purple flower clusters sit atop tall stems.
Anemone Japonica (windflower) zones: 6-8
Aster (Aster) zones 5-8
Rudbeckia(black eyed susan) zones: 3-9
Medium Fall Blooming Perennial PlantsSedum (live forever) zones: 3-10
Autumn Joy is the most popular variety. It is a very hardy plant with clusters of light pink flowers that deepen to a burgandy color as the weather cools down.
A unique name and a fun plant to grow. The pink flowers are shaped like a turtles' head supposedly, I have this one in my garden, the flowers brighten up the fall garden.
Chrysanthemums (garden mums) zones: check with your local garden center.
Tricyrtis (toad lily) zones: 6-9
Kniphofia (hot poker plant) zones: 6-9
Short Fall Blooming Perennial PlantsLiriope (lilyturf) zones: 6-10
Evergreen grass great to use for edging beds. A puple flower stalk emerges in fall. The leaves can be dark green and glossy or lighter green with a white stripe. The picture on the right shows variegated liriope in the foreground. The pink flowers are from garden phlox that sits close to the fence.
Sedum (dragons blood sedum) zones 4-9
A low growing ground cover sedum that gets little reddish purple flowers in the fall. the foliage turns from a green succulent look to a burgandy coloring as fall emerges. It is slow growing.
Senecio (candle plant) zones: 8-10
Begonias (angle wings, rex) zones: check with local nurseries for hardy varieties.
For more Fall Garden information:Fall Gardening Tips
A green thumb is nothing more than hard work and the desire to make things grow.
Albert E. Tuttle