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Top 12 Autmn-Blooming Flowers for Your Garden

Aut Flowers Feat

Fill your garden with these fall flowers perfect for fresh bouquets and late-season color.

1. Aster

Aut 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


2. Toad Lily

Aut Toad Lilly

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


3. Russian Sage

Aut Rus 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


4. Perennial Sunflower

Aut 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


5. Colchicum

Aut 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


6. Sedum

Aut 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


7. Red Spider Lily

Aut 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


8. Japanese Anemone

Aut 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 x hybrida

Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

Size: To 5 feet tall

Zones: 4-8

Native to North America: No


9. Fall Crocus

Aut Crocus

Most gardeners are familiar with the spring-blooming crocuses but overlook the fall types. They’re perfect for the garden, too.

Name: Crocus speciosus

Growing Conditions: Sun or shade and well-drained soil

Size: To 6 inches tall

Zones: 3-8

Native to North America: No


10. Leadplant

Aut Leadplant

One of our favorite ground covers, leadplant is a tough little plant that thrives in sun or shade. (We like it in shade; in sun it has a tendency to spread pretty fast.) It puts on a fall show twice — first come the electric-blue flowers, then the leaves turn beautiful shades of red.

Name: Ceratostigma plumbaginoides

Growing Conditions: Sun or shade and well-drained soil

Size: To 18 inches tall

Zones: 5-9

Native to North America: No


11. Witch Hazel

Aut Hazel

Give your garden structure with this flowering shrub. Native to North America, common witch hazel offers spidery yellow flowers and wonderful golden-yellow fall foliage.

Name: Hamamelis virginiana

Growing Conditions: Full sun to part shade

Size: To 12 feet tall and wide

Zones: 3-8

Native to North America: Yes


12. Anise Hyssop

Aut Hyssop

This tough, drought-tolerant perennial looks beautiful for months in summer and fall when it’s covered with spikes of lavender-blue, licorice-scented flowers.

Name: Agastache foeniculum

Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

Size: To 5 feet tall

Zones: 4-9

Native to North America: Yes

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