It’s never too late in the season to start exercising your green thumb. While some plants are best planted in the spring, most perennial plants will still have plenty of time to become established before winter’s killing frosts if planted in the late summer to early fall. Some perennials do not begin flowering until late summer when they revitalize gardens with new color and texture after summer blooms fade. These fall-blooming perennials will continue to brighten your garden until winter’s killing frosts arrive.
Perennial plants are those that come back every spring, sprouting new growth on last year’s roots or tubers. Unlike annuals, perennials do not die over the winter which makes these hardy plants the perfect choice for people new to gardening and those seeking to minimize gardening chores.
If you want to add easy-care color to your fall garden, consider adding these perennial plants to garden beds:
- Aster (Aster) is a fall-blooming, sun-loving perennial that requires at least 6 hours of daily light. Plant this bright-colored, daisy-petalled flower in sunny garden spots or along walls or fence lines that face south or east.
- Enchinacea (Echinacea), also called Coneflower, thrives in both full sun and partial shade. In full bloom during the summer, this perennial’s daisy like, soft pink petals attract butterflies and honey bees. As blooms fade in the fall, birds arrive to feast on the seeds stored in its protruding center.
- Rudbeckia (Rudbeckia), also known as Gloriosa Daisy and Brown-Eyed Susan, has a soft brown center surrounded by a profusion of bright yellow, daisy-like petals. A prolific spreader, this hardy perennial will thrive in nearly any location from sun to partial shade, providing cheerful blooms from mid-summer through frost.
- Hemerocallis Daylily (Hemerocallis), commonly called daylily, is another hardy perennial that will grow in both full sun and partial shade. Brilliant golden orange trumpets burst from a profusion of thin green leaves. Daylilies grow in thick clumps and will bloom repeatedly from early summer through fall.