Fall-Blooming Plant Suggestions

The following fall-blooming plants are sure to shower your garden with colorful hues this autumn.

  • Black-eyed Susan bunches complement curved garden beds.
    Photo by David Liebman

Main Story: Plant Fall-Blooming Flowers for Seasonal Color

Long-Blooming Annuals:

• California poppy (Eschscholzia californica)
• Castor bean (Ricinus communis)
Datura spp.
• Foxtail amaranth (Amaranthus caudatus)
Geranium spp.
• Marigold (Tagetes spp.)
• Mexican sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia)
• Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus)
• Ornamental kale (Brassica oleracea)
Petunia spp.
• Pink queen (Cleome hassleriana)
• Sulphur Cosmos (Cosmos sulphureus)
• Sunflower (Helianthus annuus)
• Wishbone flower (Torenia fournieri)

Fall-Blooming Perennials:

Aster spp.
• Bee balm (Monarda fistulosa)
• Black baneberry (Actaea racemosa)
• Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)
• Blue giant hyssop (Agastache foeniculum)
• Carmichael’s monkshood (Aconitum carmichaelii)
• Common coleus (Plectranthus scutellarioides)
• Common sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale)
• Coral bells (Heuchera spp.)
• Fan flower (Scaevola aemula)
• Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium)
• Foamflower (Tiarella spp.)
• Goldenrod ‘Fireworks’ (Solidago rugosa)
• Hubricht’s bluestar (Amsonia hubrichtii)
• Joe-Pye weed (Eutrochium purpureum)
• Lanceleaf tickseed (Coreopsis lanceolata)
Lantana (Lantana camara)
• Leopard plant (Ligularia dentata)
• Mexican bush sage (Salvia leucantha)
• Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
• Seaside eryngo (Eryngium maritimum)
Sedum ‘Angelina’
• Shasta daisy (Leucanthemum x superbum)
• Showy stonecrop (Hylotelephium spectabile)
• Southern globethistle (Echinops ritro)
• Sunflower (Helianthus spp.)
• White doll’s daisy (Boltonia asteroides)

Tall Grasses for Color:

• Fountaingrass (Pennisetum)
• Hakone grass (Hakonechloa macra)
• Needlegrass (Stipa)
• Silvergrass (Miscanthus)

Trees for a Fall Flush:

• Birch (Betula)
• Maple (Acer)
• Mountain Ash (Sorbus americana)
• Oak (Quercus)
• Poplar (Populus)
• Redbud (Cercis)
• Seven-son flower (Heptacodium miconioides)
• Sourwood (Oxydendrum arboreum)


• Canadian serviceberry (Amelanchier canadensis)
• Common winterberry (Ilex verticillata)
• Dogwood (Cornus)
• Elderberry (Sambucus)
• Panicled Hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata)
• Staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina)


• American bittersweet (Celastrus scandens)
• Beach moonflower (Ipomoea violacea)
• Box honeysuckle (Lonicera nitida)
• Cup-and-saucer vine (Cobaea scandens)
• Hyacinth bean ‘Ruby Moon’ (Lablab purpureus)
• Purple passionflower (Passiflora incarnata)
• Rocktrumpet (Mandevilla spp.)
• Sweet autumn virginsbower (Clematis terniflora)
• Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)



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