Explore the best in fall perennials and start planning your fall garden layout.
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Sedum 'Autumn Joy'
'Autumn Joy' sedum produces flat-topped clusters of rosy-pink flowers that deepen to salmon and then rust, providing fall interest in a sunny border.
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Coreopsis verticillata 'Moonbeam'
Tickseed's light and airy lemon-yellow flowers make long-lasting bouquets and are attractive to bees and butterflies.
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Leucanthemum x superbum 'Becky'
The Shasta daisy was hybridized by Luther Burbank (1849 - 1926), an esteemed plant breeder who developed several hundred varieties of plants during his lifetime. Burbank named his white-as-snow daisy after the snow-capped Mount Shasta of northern California.
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Viola x wittrockiana 'Black Prince'
Pansies are some of the oldest plants on record. As early as 400 B.C., they were cultivated commercially by the Greeks, who believed they had medicinal properties. They have been available in the cut-flower markets of Europe since the 19th century.
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Coreopsis grandiflora 'Sunray'
The genus name is derived from the Greek meaning bug and like, and refers to the buglike appearance of the small, rounded seeds. The common name, tickseed, refers to the same characteristic.
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An erect and spreading perennial popular for its long bloom season, this native wildflower produces daisylike yellow flowers with reddish orange markings and centers from summer to frost.
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Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm'
The black-eyed Susan is the state flower of Maryland and has been so since 1918, after states were asked to choose representative flowers for the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. The striking black and gold colors of this familiar flower can also be found on Maryland's state flag.
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Salvia x sylvestris 'May Night'
This cultivar has medium-green foliage and bears spikes of indigo-blue flowers from summer until fall. Salvia combines well with bright-colored perennials, making it a delightful addition to borders and container plantings.
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Lobularia maritima 'Royal Carpet'
This compact, low-growing plant has gray-green, lance-shaped foliage and is covered by hundreds of tiny, cross-shaped, sweetly scented violet flowers during the summer.
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Clusters of lavender-blue, bell-shaped flowers with white centers and toothed, somewhat hairy leaves adorn this vigorous perennial.
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Although they produce small, white bell-shaped flowers in early summer, Chinese lanterns are grown for their papery orange calyces (husks) that surround bright orange-red berries.
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Gaillardia x grandiflora 'Burgundy'
'Burgundy' blanket flower is a tall, bushy perennial that bears wine-red flowers from summer through fall above its lance-shaped, lobed, medium-green leaves.
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The single white flowers create delicate clouds above a bed or border, making it a staple of the fall garden.
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Lobelia erinus 'Cambridge Blue'
'Cambridge Blue' lobelia is a low-growing, short-lived perennial often grown as an annual, with soft, linear foliage and small spikes (racemes) of tubular, sky-blue flowers that bloom from early summer through fall.