"Top Fall Flowers for Your Garden

 

Helenium

 

One of a group of great native plants in the daisy family, helenium offers cheery yellow, orange, or red blooms at the end of the season. We love how tough and easy-to-grow this plant is.

Name: Helenium autumnale

Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

Size: To 5 feet tall

Zones: 4-8

Native to North America: Yes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sedum

 One of the quintessential autumn plants, sedum bursts into bloom at summer's end. This tough plant laughs off all summer's heat and drought to look great in your garden at the end of the season.

  • Name: Sedum spectabile
  • Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil
  • Size: To 18 inches tall
  • Zones: 4-9
  • Native to North America: No

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red Spider Lily

 

One of the most exotic bulbs, red spider lilies burst out of the ground producing spidery clusters of bright red flowers. After the flowers fade, the plants send up their strappy leaves.

Name: Lycoris radiata

Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

Size: To 2 feet tall

Zones: 8-10

Native to North America: No

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Japanese Anemone

 

A great cut flower, Japanese anemone produces large poppy-shaped pink or white flowers on tall stems at the end of the season. Note: This great bloomer can be a bit of a thug, so plant it where it has lots of room to spread.

Name: Anemone hybrida

Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

Size: To 5 feet tall

Zones: 4-8

Native to North America: No

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turtlehead

 

A fun plant with a fun name, turtlehead earned its moniker because of the shape of its pink or white blooms. It also has lustrous, glossy green foliage that looks great until frost.

Name: Chelone glabra

Growing Conditions: Full sun and moist soil

Size: To 3 feet tall

Zones: 4-9

Native to North America: Yes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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    Aster

     

    New England aster bears loads of pink, blue, purple, and white flowers that are great in the vase or in the garden. Butterflies love it -- and we do, too.

    Name: Aster novae-angliae

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: To 5 inches tall

    Zones: 4-8

    Native to North America: Yes

     

  • Toad Lily

     

    Toad lilies keep shady gardens from getting dull at the end of the season. This easy-care perennial offers intricate, orchid-like flowers from late summer to mid-fall.

    Name: Tricyrtis hirta

    Growing Conditions: Shade and moist, well-drained soil

    Size: To 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide

    Zones: 4-9

    Native to North America: No

     

  • Goldenrod

     

    Fall wouldn't be fall without the cheery yellow flowers of goldenrod. It's a tough, beautiful plant that looks good despite summer heat and drought. Note: Goldenrod isn't typically a source of allergies; this is a common misperception.

    Name: Solidago rugosa

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: To 4 feet tall

    Zones: 4-9

    Native to North America: Yes

     

  • Russian Sage

     

    It's fun to have some contrast to all the warm autumnal shades. Russian sage does the trick with its airy blue flowers and silvery foliage. Another reason we love it: It's tough as nails and both the foliage and blooms have a great scent.

    Name: Perovskia atriplicifolia

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: To 5 feet tall

    Zones: 5-9

    Native to North America: No

     

  • Perennial Sunflower

     

    While most gardeners are familiar with the big-blooming annual sunflowers, it's the perennial selections that are the true garden gems. 'Lemon Queen', for example, produces gorgeous creamy-yellow blooms in late summer and early fall.

    Name: Helianthus 'Lemon Queen'

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: To 8 feet tall

    Zones: 4-9

    Native to North America: Yes

     

  • Colchicum

     

    Colchicums look like fall-blooming crocuses on steroids: The big cup-shaped blooms appear seemingly out of nowhere in fall and create a bright show of pink or white.

    Name: Colchicum autumnale

    Growing Conditions: Sun or shade and well-drained soil

    Size: To 6 inches tall

    Zones: 4-9

    Native to North America: No

     

  • Helenium

     

    One of a group of great native plants in the daisy family, helenium offers cheery yellow, orange, or red blooms at the end of the season. We love how tough and easy-to-grow this plant is.

    Name: Helenium autumnale

    Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

    Size: To 5 feet tall

    Zones: 4-8

    Native to North America: Yes

     

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