Perennials for Fall Interest

Fall can be just as exciting as any other time in the growing season. As the days get cooler and the nights get longer, many plants are energized and triggered into their glory. The contrast of autumn perennials among falling leaves can be magnificent. When a fall perennial looks its best will depend on the variety, its location and the type of weather we are experiencing.

Some will begin in mid to late August. Others will wait almost until frost. A perennial planted in a warm exposure might develop several weeks earlier than the same variety planted in a cooler garden spot.

While blooms may be the showiest part of fall, don’t overlook plants with interesting and colorful foliage. Foliage lasts all season while flowers may be fleeting. Take note of the shape and size of leaves as well as their texture and structure.  These are very important elements in a Garden-for-all-Seasons.

When selecting a perennial for the blooms, try to imagine what else will be flowering or what foliage plants will be nearby to complement it. The duration of bloom on a perennial varies greatly.  Some last only a day while most bloom for 2-4 weeks and a few will bloom for a month or so.

Fall Perennials

  • Sedum
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Asters
  • Joe Pye Weed
  • Chocolate Joe Pye Weed
  • Japanese Anemone
  • Goldenrod
  • Fall Crocus
  • Turtlehead
  • Garden Sage
  • Toad Lily

Fall Foliage

  • Lamb’s Ear
  • Ornamental Grasses
  • Ferns
  • Ligularia
  • Lamium Ground Cover
  • Barrenwort

Summer Perennials that bloom into Fall

  • Yarrow
  • Snakeroot
  • Tickseed
  • Fernleaf Bleeding Heart
  • Coneflower
  • Blanket Flower
  • Wintergreen
  • Sneezeweed
  • Perennial Sunflower
  • Perennial Hibiscus
  • Cardinal Flower
  • Shasta Daisy
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