Add more to the season’s display of color with hardy perennials. When you plant vibrant perennials in fall, they’re a cost-effective investment. They return season after season, whether in containers, a window box or under your mailbox.
They’re also low-maintenance. These low-water perennials can tolerate drought and attract pollinators to your garden — but not deer or bunnies.
Incorporating colorful perennials now means you’re all set in your garden. If you’ve planted them in containers, you could even transplant them to the garden next year.
Fall is huge for decorating your outdoor room, and that includes plants and flowers. Bring bursts of orange, yellow and red with contrasting purple and white to your space.
Consider mixing hardy perennials with annuals, too. The above photo features gaillardia, coreopsis, gaura, echinacea, and salvia with lobelia, which often grows as an annual.
Check out our top seven perennials to consider now.
1. Coneflower. Also called echinacea, these beauties need very little to thrive. Just plant where they will get six or more hours of sun and mulch to keep them moist during dry periods. Another plus: Coneflower forms clumps that can be divided after a few years.
Look for yellows, oranges and of course, fall red in the ‘Sombrero’ variety. You can also find multicolored ‘Cheyenne Spirit.’
Plant coneflower in fall and you’ll surely see birds nipping at their nectar. Leave the dried seed heads after frost so birds can feed on them through winter.
2. Salvia. The purple blue plumes of perennial salvia look striking in any garden. Look for ‘Hot Trumpets,’ a red growing variety with a cedar scent. Aim for salvias that carry the perennial tag in your nearest Garden Center because many come in annual varieties, too. Plant in part sun to light shade.
3. Gaillardia. Looking for sizzle in your garden this fall? Consider Gaillardia or blanket flower, as it’s commonly known. They’re so low-maintenance that few diseases or pests ever bother them. This hardy perennial is daisy-like in appearance and boasts a long blooming season. Deer seldom nibble on gaillardia. Plant in full sun.
4. Coreopsis. This drought-friendly perennial brings pretty blooms and wispy foliage. Coreopsis grows well almost anywhere, including in the hellstrip, or the space between the sidewalk and the street. Plant in full sun.
5. Gaura. Plant gaura and watch butterflies flock to your garden. Just snip away spent blooms to encourage new waves. Gaura, including ‘Sparkle White’ above, will bring lots of dimension to your garden. It’s hardy in zones 5 to 9, and though you can plant in full sun, it can stand part shade.
6. Rudbeckia. Known commonly as black-eyed Susan, rudbeckia is one of those reliable flowers that you’ll want growing in your garden. In the fall, look for the ‘Denver Daisy’ variety with its yellow and deep scarlet petals, as shown. It looks like a sunflower but it’s not. Once the flowers mature, they’re deer-resistant. Plant in full sun.
7. Sedum. Sedum is one of those easygoing perennials that you could step on and it will still grow back. Look for stonecrop ‘Autumn Joy’ in fall. Another plus: It’s easily separated and transplanted. Plant sedum and watch it take off in your garden. Plant in sun to part shade.