Who doesn’t love autumn? Filled with gorgeous sights, snuggly sweaters and wonderful, warm recipes, fall is nature’s last hurrah before chilly winter sets in. But cooler weather doesn’t mean your garden has to lose all its color. Here are our favorite picks for late-season color.
TIP: Didn’t plant this spring? Many of these choices can be found potted at your local nursery. Meanwhile, plan ahead for next year’s garden so you can enjoy these beautiful selections in late summer and autumn.
Mums come in a plethora of varieties. Long the visual harbinger of fall, chrysanthemums will add beauty to your garden in autumn if they’ve been planted in the spring, or buy them potted and create a beautiful display.
These pretty blooms will last from spring through first frost. Instead of springlike pink or white, choose lavender or deep purple for a beautiful autumn look.
Known as Heliopsis, false sunflower has cheery color and will bloom for about eight weeks. It has a somewhat earlier blooming start than some of the other flowers listed here, so interspersing false sunflower with later bloomers will ensure continuous color.
This variety will dry beautifully for indoor decor. In the meantime, it adds beautiful, lush bounty to your fall garden. Leave plenty of room around the roots when planting in order to accommodate growth.
This variety has a wilder look, so it will add a natural feel to your garden that’s oh-so-autumn. Choose it as a border or backdrop to your autumn blooms.
This pretty variety grows quickly and may overcrowd, so divide each spring. Dig up and pot a few bunches for outdoor autumn decor.
Striking colors and a unique petal arrangement make this late summer to early fall bloomer a choice that will turn heads. Plant in well-drained soil.
Sage can be remarkably cold weather-tolerant and grows in a variety of colors. As an added bonus, sage takes easily to propagation via cuttings.
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