Autumn flower borders
Perennials that bloom in the fall include:
Anemone x hybrida: Japanese Anemone – these can be found in white or varying shades of pink. Their large leaves form a low mound, and the flowers shoot up on long stalks up to three feet tall. Anemones can take some shade.
Ceratostigma plumbaginoides (or blue plumbago): A really nice ground cover that gets about ten inches tall, this lovely little plant has cornflower blue flowers, and the leaves turn a nice burgundy. Likes shade. This is late coming up in the spring, so don’t give up on it.
Asters: most have blue or purple flowers, but there are some pinks and whites. They can be short or tall and can take some shade.
Helenium autumnale: Daisy type flowers usually in yellows and oranges, but you can find some reds. Grows from 2 to six feet tall and needs full sun.
Helianthus: Sunflower type flowers in yellows and oranges. Grows 4-5 feet tall. It needs moister soil than Helenium and can take a little shade.
Hibiscus mosheutos: This perennial gets so large people mistake it for a shrub, but it does die down to the ground in the winter, so technically it’s a perennial flower. The flowers can be as big as a dinner plate, so it’s quite impressive. Comes in white, pinks and reds, and can take a little bit of shade.
Sedum X Autumn Joy: the classic fall-blooming sedum gets up to 2 feet tall. Flowers start pale pink and mature to dark burgundy. Full sun.
Sweet Autumn Clematis – this vine can become huge, so place it in a spot where it has plenty of room to spread and grow. Fragrant, white flowers.
And – one bulb – the fall-blooming crocus -- will send up its leaves in the spring, then die back, and send up the flower in the autumn. Mix in a wildflower meadow so it doesn’t look ‘bare-legged’.
Perennials that start blooming in summer but go into fall include:
They will produce even more flowers if you deadhead them throughout the summer.
These annuals flower even after a light frost:
Ornamental cabbage or Kale
Add any or all of these plants to your garden and you’ll extend your flower season well into autumn.
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