24 Gorgeous Fall Flowers for Your Best Autumn Garden
Who says you can only enjoy pretty flowers during spring and summer? When the temperature starts to drop, your garden may end up suffering from neglect and overgrown plants. However, just because the end of summer is near, it doesn’t mean it’s the end of your garden. As the days get shorter, it’s time to brighten up your landscaping, flower beds, and container gardens. All it takes is planting a few perennials and annuals to keep your garden alive through cold-weather season. Here, we’ve stuck to tradition and picked autumn beauties such as pansies, coneflowers, sedum, and mums in an array of textures and variant jewel-tone shades like red, gold, orange, and purple. But, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to see a softer color palette represented in this blooming collection, too. We’d agree that spring garners the most attention for gardening enthusiasts. In all actuality, though, we think Southern gardens really show their true colors in fall. Don’t believe us? Scroll for a little growing inspiration and dose of autumnal whimsy.
All Fired Up
Highlight the bounty of autumn by packing your garden with a variety of plants, such as sedum, purple cabbage, ornamental peppers, Mexican bush sage, and cosmos. The fiery shades of orange and yellow are balanced by the cooler tones of purple of blue in this vibrant container mix. Add colorful stacked pumpkins to really take your garden to the next level.
Stunning Marigold Container
Marigolds add a splash of bright orange and yellow to container gardens. Enjoy these hardy blooms throughout summer and early fall.
Tall Lavender Wands
Russian sage makes a bold statement in any garden—both for its purple-silvery color and for its height, which can reach up to 5 feet, with a spread of 3 feet.
Perennials are plants that not only survive through early fall, but they also thrive. Here, viola, euphorbia, and variegated ivy are merged with pink Lenten rose to create a beautiful home container.
Decorative Mums and Pumpkins
The classic combination of mums and pumpkins will give your front entry a warm welcome this fall.
While perennial sunflowers don't bear the large flowering heads like their annual counterparts, these long-blooming, daisy-like plants are still just as bright. Plant once and enjoy for years to come.
Fire Up Fall With Color
Lantana is a fall-blooming favorite that will reward you handsomely with abundant flowers and plenty of color this season. Thrill, fill, and spill your containers with it, as well as fountain grass and sweet potato vines.
This container garden is both a feast for the eyes and the plate, since it contains leafy lettuce greens and colorful violas and mums.
If you could pick any plant for your garden's grand finale, it should be the official flower of autumn—chrysanthemum. Mix in a little coleus to really make your containers shine.
Plant asters in late summer, and you’ll enjoy a vivid display in a myriad of different shades, including blues, reds, pinks, and purples from mid-September through November.
This is the brilliant result when mums are packed inside pumpkins to add autumnal flair to your entryway.
These red viola-filled containers have serious curb appeal. A display like this deserves to be front and center.
A Fragrant Addition
If you haven't already, you'll fall in love with wispy anise hyssop. Not only is it a beautiful flower to plant, but it's also a medicinal herb and scented perennial that attracts bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies.
Dramatic Pansy Container
When you grow tired of smaller-bloom violas, try their floral country cousin—pansies. These eye-catching flowers will liven up your garden through fall.
Bright and Bold Foliage
Bright colors and bold foliage lend themselves to an impressive container garden display.
Galvanized buckets filled with violas and creeping Jenny are true garden gems.
Say hello to this late-season beauty.
Colchicum is a winter-grower with a major wow factor!
For vertical height and tri-color impact, you can't go wrong with velvety heleniums. In addition, they're also a great deer and rabbit repeller.
No fall garden should be without these petite Heirloom violas or, as they're often called, "Johnny Jump-Ups."
Mum's the word.
A late-blooming standout, sedums require very little attention and they’re drought tolerant. You can either plant the creeping, low-growers or tall, vertical sedums. Both types offer tiny, colorful clusters in pink, yellow, red, white, or purple.
Versatile Fall Container
Bring a little enchantment and excitement to a rustic planter with mums and foliage.
Prolific Butterfly Magnet
By far, one of the longest-lasting bloomers and showiest plants that make up the perennial group. You and the butterflies will appreciate the purple coneflower's large, rose flowers and rust-colored central cone.