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Excellent Fall Perennials

Fall plantings are not limited to just mums anymore. This is just a small sampling of the many perennials you can plant in the fall found at any of our locations. Many of these perennials either bloom in the fall or have great fall color in their foliage. Plus, all perennials benefit from being planted in the fall as the cool temperatures and abundant rainfall are perfect for perennial root growth. To learn more about these and many other varieties of perennials, annuals, trees, and shrubs, visit our Plant Finder Tool.

Achillea (Yarrow)

Though typically thought of as a summer bloomer, many varieties of Yarrow bloom well into the fall. They are irresistible to butterflies, making them a great plant for sustaining local pollinators. They also make a great cut or dried flower for indoor and patio arrangements.

Anemone

Fall-blooming Anemone is a perennial that comes in a multitude of colors which are a lovely accent to existing plantings. Great in partial shade but will tolerate full sun as well. Even when not in bloom, anemones have very attractive, glossy foliage that is relatively free of pest and disease damage during the worst of the summer months.

Asters

Asters are a wonderful fall-blooming perennial for full sun that can easily couple with or take the place of chrysanthemums in your garden space. They are easy to grow and deer resistant, making them one of the best options for color in a deer populated area. Blooms range from rich lavender to creamy white and are great for pollinators.

Echinacea (Coneflower)

A prolific summer bloomer, coneflowers provide excellent color options into the fall season. In fact, there are so many colors now available through breeding over recent years that you're sure to find a variety to suit your needs. They are great for areas of full sun, attract pollinators, and are deer resistant as well, so you really can't go wrong.

Heuchera (Coral Bells)

This wonderful full shade to part sun perennial has excellent foliage for the fall (as well as the spring and summer). Heuchera comes in a multitude of different shades and hues giving you a full color showing just with its foliage. This means that the color lasts throughout the entirety of the growing season. It tolerates dry soil and the deer don’t enjoy this one too.

Sedum

The upright sedum are a classic fall perennial blooming in shades of pink in September and blooming strong into October. Its thick, succulent leaves give sedum an attractive and interesting foliage aspect in the garden which helps it tolerate periods of drought, and its clusters of blooms are great attractants for butterflies and bees. A true fall favorite!

Ornamental Grasses


A mainstay for any landscape, ornamental grasses provide four seasons of interest and their plumes give off a firework show every fall. There are so many different varieties of ornamental grasses with various plumes and blade shapes and sizes that there are too many to list here. They are great for full sun locations and some varieties can even tolerate wet areas. They are easy to maintain and provide constant aesthetic benefits every season.

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Fall Perennial Maintenance

Planting Perennials in the Fall