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5 End of Season Stars for a Flower Garden

Renee Valdes
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Alliums in the garden

You can always plant pansies and mums for a fall display of color. But there are other options for star power in your flower garden that bloom well into fall.

So don’t stow away your trowel just yet. Decorate for fall with these end-of-season stars in window boxes, hanging baskets or containers, as well as in raised gardens and garden beds.

Extend the season with showy blooms for an unforgettable fall.

5 Stars of a Fall Flower Garden

Allium are shining stars of the garden l The Home Depot Garden Club

1. Allium

Don’t let this ornamental onion fool you. Undemanding alliums bring a dazzling display of globe-shaped greenery starting in spring with an encore of sparkling flowers in midsummer until the last leaves of fall. Even pollinators can’t get enough. Thankfully, allium will not attract deer, rabbits or chipmunks.

Allium can be planted as bulbs in the fall and will return as perennials for seasons to come in USDA Hardiness Zones 4 on up. Look for varieties that bloom from summer to fall.

Aster flowers do well in heat l The Home Depot Garden Club

2. Aster

Just as other flowers in the garden begin to fade at the tail end of summer, perennial aster performs like a star into autumn, bringing a grand finale of light purple, white, pink and blue color to your garden. It’s also a pleaser for pollinators. Aster, which looks like a daisy, likes full sun and most varieties are hardy in zones 4 to 8. ‘Wood Skies’ aster is hardy in zones 3 to 8 and offers aromatic leaves.

Because aster can be moisture sensitive, try different watering methods to get the most out of your flower garden blooms. Water more in the heat of summer and less when temperatures cool down. If you notice the flowers fading, readjust.
Salvia lights the garden on fire with its red spires well into fall.

3. Salvia

With its tall spires, salvia is a main attraction in the garden. It attracts pollinators and gardeners but not deer or rabbits. Salvia tolerates drought and frost up to -20 degrees Fahrenheit as an annual.

You can’t go wrong with salvia. Besides blooming in fire red, it comes in violet, too. It looks beautiful from summer and well into fall.

Black-Eyed Susans in a garden

4. Black-Eyed Susan

Known also as rudbeckia, this smiling daisy-like flower is popular with bees and other pollinators. Besides the signature sunny yellow, black-eyed Susans come in bronze, mahogany and red with a signature black eye in the center. These native perennials are easy to grow, performing well even in poor soil and dry conditions.

Black-eyed Susans pair well with lavender, coneflower, catmint, sedum and more in containers and in the garden. Grow in full sun in zones 4 to 9.

Scabiosa blooms into fall l The Home Depot Garden Club

5. Scabiosa

Known also as the pincushion flower, perennial scabiosa is a dramatic flower with frilly petals that arrives in spring and keeps blooming well into fall. Scabiosa works well as an accent in gardens, containers or all on its own.

Be sure to deadhead the spent flowers for continuous flowers all season long. Otherwise, it’s a minimal-care type of flower. Scabiosa is hardy in zones 3 to 7.

Other Showy fall flowers to consider 

Fall favorites in the garden l The Home Depot Garden Club

Consider these other low-maintenance fall flowers with staying power until frost.

More ideas for your garden 
Get curb appeal with a mailbox garden l The Home Depot Garden Club

From drought-tolerant and hardy to those that can withstand the fiery elements by the street, get more ideas for your garden.

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