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The 15 Best Flowers to Plant in Your Fall Garden
These varieties will thrive with the shifting seasons.
Peony season may not last forever, but that doesn’t mean your garden has to suffer when the weather turns colder—the vibrant color palette that is typically reserved for autumn’s falling leaves is hardly limited to trees. Many varieties of flowers actually thrive as the days get shorter and the temperatures get a bit cooler; you can read below for 15 of our favorites. Because growing conditions vary across the country, ELLE Decor recommends consulting with a local gardening expert before you start in order to determine which plants will continue to flower through the fall months.
Known for its anti-inflammatory healing properties, goldenrod brings a vibrant color to your fall garden.
Plant these colorful, resilient blooms in late summer for peak growth in the fall and wintertime.
For optimum blooms all season long, plant cornflower in direct sunlight.
Dahlias are perennials, so they should live more than two years. Just be sure to give their heavy petals a strong support system.
Everyone’s favorite salad green can also give your garden a lovely palette of purple and pale pink hues.
Available in shades of pink, purple, and white, asters are beautiful flowers that require little maintenance.
This delicate annual blooms in tiny white flowers that offer a subtle yet sweet aroma.
Mums prefer a bright, sunny spot in the garden as well as frequent watering due to their shallow roots.
Violets are supremely cheerful flowers that love the sun and thrive in cooler climates.
Cosmoses will stay in bloom for months at a time and come in a wide variety of colors, including yellow, pink, orange, and red.
Known for their “spicy” scent, dianthuses are hardy flowers that are often planted in display boxes and along garden borders.
Black-eyed Susans are among the most popular fall flowers. They are self-sufficient and can go awhile without water.
Yes, it offers a bold, vibrant purple hue, but perennial sage will also attract butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden.
These often look as if they are on fire, so it’s no wonder that celosia flowers enjoy bright, direct sunlight.
Sedum plants store water in their leaves, which makes them incredibly heat- and drought-resistant.