Your Guide to the Most Popular Fall Perennials
When summertime is in full swing, it can be hard to envision your flowers thriving in anything other than the warm weather and sunshine of the season. But truth be told, as you near the end of the dog days of the season, you actually have an endless number of possibilities to expand your garden. Where should you begin? Fall perennials are the perfect additions to your plant landscape. These varieties, which come alive in autumn, allow you to keep your garden blooming until the cold winter months.
Many may think that the brightest flower hues appear during the summer's peak, but take one look at some of the most popular fall perennials, and you'll see that the otherwise is true. If you are looking to bring pops of autumnal color to your end-of-year garden, look no further than the picks featured on this list, one of which is the gaillardia aristate. This perennial flourishes after the summertime and blooms with red-and-yellow hues into a wildflower-like shape. The blossom will be an eye-catching focal point in your garden until snowy or chilly weather lands in your region.
That certainly isn't your only option. A choice like the lobelia erinus, also known as the "Cambridge Blue," can give your garden the subtle oomph it needs thanks to the plant's pretty blue color and its long-lasting nature; it grows from early summer through the autumn. This is a softer flower that sprouts low to the soil, but it can add major impact to your stunning floral landscape. Ahead, more types of fall perennials that you need to know about.
"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.
Tickseed's light and airy lemon-yellow flowers make long-lasting bouquets and are attractive to bees and butterflies.
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.
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.
The genus name (Coreopsis Grandiflora) is derived from the Greek meaning of bug. It also refers to the bug-like appearance of the small, rounded seeds. The common name, tickseed, refers to the same characteristic.
An erect and spreading perennial popular for its long bloom season, this native wildflower produces daisy-like yellow flowers with reddish-orange markings and centers from summer to frost.
The black-eyed Susan is the state flower of Maryland and has been 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.
This cultivar has medium-green foliage and bears spikes of indigo-blue flowers from summer until fall. Salvia combines well with bright-colored fall perennials, making it a delightful addition to borders and container plantings.
Compact and low-growing, this plant, also known as "Royal Carpet" Lobularia maritima, has gray-green lance-shaped foliage and is covered by hundreds of tiny, cross-shaped, sweetly-scented violet flowers during the summer.
Clusters of lavender-blue bell-shaped flowers with white centers and toothed, somewhat hairy leaves adorn this vigorous perennial, which you'll also find by it's scientific name, Campanula poscharskyana.
Although they produce small, white bell-shaped flowers in early summer, Chinese lanterns, or Physalis alkekengi, are grown for their papery orange calyces (husks) that surround bright orange-red berries.
Burgundy Blanket Flower
This is a tall, bushy perennial that bears wine-red flowers (from summer through fall!) above its lance-shaped, lobed, medium-green leaves.
Anemone's single white flowers create delicate clouds above a bed or border, making it a staple in your fall garden.
Cambridge Blue Lobelia
Cambridge Blue Lobelia is a low-to-the-ground, 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.