It’s officially fall, even though we’ve still had temps in the 90s! And I know we mostly think of flowers and gardens when spring comes, but there are plenty of beautiful fall flower ideas. Get started with these amazing fall flowers to add to your yard.
For the record, we live in North Georgia which is considered zone 8A according to the planting and hardiness maps. If you check out the plant tags or guides when buying plants, it’ll usually tell which zones it’s appropriate for. And if you don’t know which zone you are – check out this map! This will come in handy since you don’t want to spend time or money on plants that likely won’t flourish in your area.
But back to the pretty stuff. There’s so many fall flowers that have gorgeous colors for months. Here are my faves in no particular order!
Fall Flowers To Plant
Pansies might be the most popular (maybe second to mums) for fall flowers. They come in a variety of colors including yellow, purple, lavender, pink, white, and more. They look like little lion heads or faces to me. They prefer cooler temps, so in my yard, they will need to be shaded from the blazing afternoon sun. Group them in flower beds or in borders and you’ll have spectacular fall color for months. Get all the info on pansies here!
Better known as just mums, these are pretty much icons of fall flowers. Go to any garden store, or grocery store, and you’re likely to see a variety of mums in stunning colors. Purple, yellow, orange, and white are just a few available. They are the quintessential fall plant for your porches or patios. Grab a few of these in some pretty pots and toss some pumpkins beside them and your fall porch is done!
This is one I haven’t tried yet, but it’s on my list. Most varieties are low-lying plants (only around 4-6 inches high and a tad wider). Tiny clusters of white, purple, or pale pink flowers grow close to the ground and have a fragrant scent. It can be planted from seeds or seedlings and will bloom throughout the fall. More details here
Not technically a flower I suppose, but this perennial is too gorgeous not to include. If you aren’t in the South like me, it’ll be an indoor plant for you, but until it gets below about 55 degrees, it can be outside. If leaving it outside during a frost, be sure to cover it. It’s a vividly hued plant with varieties of orange, purple, green, and red leaves and it needs full sun. Add a few of these to your fall porch this year for those beautiful fall hues. It’s a tropical looking plant with amazing fall colors. Everything you need to know about Croton – click here!
Oak Leaf Hydrangea
This is a double winner. Plant a variety of Oak Leaf Hydrangea and you’ll get amazing white blooms from spring to summer and then a dramatic shift to red, orange, or burgundy leaves in the fall. Beautiful color when everything else is starting to fade. Native to the US, they can handle more sun than other hydrangea varieties as well as colder temps.
Ok, so here I go again – not technically a flower, but another stunner that you need for the fall garden. Ornamental Kale is beautiful. It’s still edible, but bitter, so you may just want to use this one for its looks. Plant them in full sun in the fall. When the temps start to dip down around 50 and below, the vibrant colors will start to show. It’s cold hardy down to around 5 degrees so this makes an excellent choice for those in colder climates.
These look like baby pansies to me. In fact they are so similar, that when I was researching for this article, I questioned whether they were actually two separate flowers. Here’s the best explanation in simple terms compliments of Complete Landscaping Service:
“If the flower has four petals pointing upward and only one pointing downward – you’re looking at a Pansy. If the flower has two petals pointing upward and three petals pointing downward – you’ve got a Viola.”
So there you have it. They are different. But both stunning. I for one will not be inspecting how many petals you have pointing up or down, so plant away and call it whatever you want! Amazing colors well into fall, violas are a fantastic choice for fall flowers.
Asters are another fantastic choice for fall planting – they like the cooler temps and they make great cutting flowers. Some varieties grow over 4 feet tall so plan accordingly for space in your garden or flower beds. Daisy like flowers in amazing colors, these perennials will give your fall garden color year after year. Get more info here!
These are just a few varieties of gorgeous flowers to plant in the fall. Just because the temps are cooling down (somewhere at least – not here in sweltering GA), doesn’t mean you can’t add some stunning color to your yard.
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