Sure, you can 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. Don’t stow away your trowel just yet. You can also decorate for fall with flowers 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 Garden:
Don’t let this ornamental onion fool you. Undemanding alliums bring a dazzling show of globe-shaped greenery starting in spring with an encore of sparkling flowers in midsummer until the last leaves of fall. Some varieties, such as the Giant Onion, grow up to 5 feet tall. Even pollinators can’t get enough. Thankfully, allium will not attract deer, rabbit or chipmunk.
Allium can be planted as bulbs in the fall and will return as perennials for seasons to come in USDA hardiness zones 4 and up.
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 from zones 4 to 8. ‘Wood Skies’ 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 blooms. Water more in the heat of summer and less when temperatures cool down. If you notice the flowers fading, readjust.
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 to -20 degrees Fahrenheit as an annual. You can’t go wrong with salvia. Besides fire red, it comes in violet, too. It looks beautiful from summer and well into fall.
With deep blues, reds and whites, lobelia will bring show-stopping color from spring to frost in fall. Adored by hummingbirds and butterflies, just place easygoing lobelia in full sun to partial sun to get the most out of this annual. Try ‘Laguna Sky Blue’ lobelia, an ideal, low-maintenance plant for hanging baskets, window boxes, in combination containers with calibrachoa and petunias or in landscapes. If the flowers begin to look leggy, give lobelia a haircut with pruning snips.
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. Just 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 for zones 3 to 7.