20 Fall Flowers And Plants For An Autumn Garden

Fill your outdoor space with gorgeous autumn hues.

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Yes, summer ended too soon, but that doesn't mean your yard is done for the year. Keep the color coming with these fall-bloom varieties.

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Beautyberry

These look beautiful in every season, with lilac-like flowers in spring and bright purple berries that last into winter.

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Caryopteris

Butterflies love the dense groupings of these tiny blue flowers. Fill out a flower bed with the , but it'll need plenty of sun and well-drained soil.

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Chinese Lantern

While the bell flowers look pretty in the summertime, the colorful pods make this ornamental plant so popular. requires little fuss, but it'll spread quickly if left to its own devices.

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Colchicum

sprout up from bulbs just like their spring counterparts, but the "meadow saffron" actually belongs to the lily family.

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Goldenrod

Despite common belief, does not cause allergies, but it can spread to unmanageable proportions. Try Grey Goldenrod or Zig-Zag Goldenrod for better-behaved plants.

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Heather

With white, pink or purple flowers, carpet large areas with tons of color. The green, bronze and red foliage also add interest in the wintertime.

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Helenium

doesn't actually make you sneeze. The nickname comes from its former use as snuff, but the tall flowers now dot gardens across the country in red, orange and yellow hues.

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Heliopsis

With yellow petals and brown centers, copy their namesake to a T, but the perennials bloom year after year from midsummer into fall.

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Iberis

Autumn varieties of bloom twice, once during the spring and again in the late autumn. Plant the low perennial along a rock wall and it'll flow over the side.

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Japanese Anemone

White, pink and purple love shady spots and moist soil, and the wiry stems will sway in even a slight breeze.

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Miscanthus Grass

Even black thumbs can successfully grow . Varieties come in silvery, red and purplish hues, not to mention variegated kinds with horizontal or vertical stripes.

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Aconitum

or wolfsbane adds blue and purple color to a season dominated by warm tones. The tall spires may look beautiful, but be careful handling this poisonous plant.

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Chrysanthemums

Fall's most symbolizes optimism, joy and longevity. Well, except for the yellow variety that's associated with "slighted love."

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Ornamental Peppers

Commonly grown in containers, also work in garden beds. You can eat the multicolored fruits, but the decorative varieties usually taste too spicy for the average palate.

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Pansy

These can withstand cool weather while providing a pop of color. New varieties like the ice pansy can even survive a light snow.

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Russian Sage

A member of the mint family, produces tiny, purple flowers and silvery-green foliage from midsummer into fall, even in dry conditions.

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Sedum

With thick, waxy leaves, stands out from the average fall-bloomer. Both tall and low-growing varieties spread quickly, with reddish-pink flowers that attract butterflies.

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Toad Lily

go by a rather unfortunate name, but the speckled blooms bring to mind delicate orchids. Fair warning, though: Deer and rabbits will like them as much as you do.

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Turtlehead

look similar to snapdragons, but the flowers most closely resemble (you guessed it) the head of turtle. The blooms come in purple, pink and white and the perennial will grow up to three feet high.

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Witch Hazel

Yes, witch hazel possesses medicinal properties, but the shrubs also produce spiky flowers from autumn into winter.

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