11 Fall Blooming Perennials for Your Garden (Fall Flowers Perfect For Autumn) 

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Brock Ingham
Brock Ingham

There is nothing quite like the changing leaves of fall and crisp evening air to make you appreciate the winddown of the summer growing season. Lucky for us, that’s not the end for these fall blooming perennials. In fact, there are many flowers that appear toward the tail end of summer and the beginning of fall, just in time for you to attract bees and pollinators to your garden for one last snack. 

Fall Blooming Purple Asters
Fall Blooming Purple Asters

Let’s take a look at some of my favorite fall-blooming perennials and “purple weeds with flowers” that you could add to your autumn garden. 


1. Autumn Crocus (Colchicum autumnale)

Autumn Crocus
Autumn Crocus

Also known as “Naked Ladies” because they don’t bloom with leaves (like other plants), Autumn Crocus are beautiful, lilac flowers that appear any time between late winter to early spring. However, if you want them to be seen in the fall, it’s best to plant them in mid-to-late summer. When they blossom, they will have a star-shaped flower. 

They are relatively low-maintenance and, when planted in your garden, naturally repel rabbits. Here’s an overview of how to care for these lavender flowers:

Botanical Name: Colchicum autumnale
Growth Rate: 6-9″ tall/wide
Native Range: Asia, North Africa, and Europe
Hardiness Zones:4-8
Soil Needs: Rocky/loamy, well-draining soil 
Blooming PeriodLate winter to early spring
Water needs:1″ of water weekly during the spring and when flowers appear
Autumn Crocus Growing Guide Chart

2. Joe Pye Weed (Eutrochium purpureum)

Joe Pye Weed
Joe Pye Weed 

As more people focus on planting native gardens to help the bee population, Joe Pye Weed is often one of the most popular plants added because they are natural pollinators. As such, they not only attract honey and bumble bees, but butterflies, as well. 

Butterfly Magnet🦋

Butterflies are particularly attracted to the Joe Pye Weed. The plant produces large, domed flower clusters that are rich in nectar, providing an abundant food source for late-stage pollinators. Combine this with their 12-foot height at maturity and you have the perfect plant for butterflies to feed.

Pye Weed is a native plant in North America and when in bloom, has beautiful light purple flowers. This plant can add color and interest to your native garden. Best of all, they are easy to care for. Just make sure they are planted in moist, well-draining soil and you’ll get to enjoy this perennial plant year after year. 

Botanical Name: Eutrochium purpureum
Growth Rate: 4-12′ tall and 2-7′ wide
Native Range: North America
Hardiness Zones:4-9
Soil Needs: Moist, well-draining soil 
Blooming Period:Period: 1 month, mid-summer to fall 
Water needs:Consistent watering; water as soon as soil dries out
Joe Pye Weed  Growing Guide Chart

3. Mums (Chrysanthemums)

Mums
Mums

Most famously known as a Mum, these gorgeous fall bloomers are the perfect ones to keep your garden looking vibrant and in style for the autumn season. 

However, the Mums you buy in the store aren’t intended for a long shelf-life because they are mostly focused on blooming rather than developing roots. If you want plants that bloom year after year, then you should plant these in the spring. This will give them enough time to develop roots so they’re in full bloom by the time the autumn season rolls around.

What makes this fall flower so unique is not only their shape but how many colors they come in. You can find Mums in many shades including goldenrod, red, purple, and white. These are the perfect perennial flowers to keep in your fall garden. Keep in mind that they prefer at least six hours of full sun per day. You should also expect them to grow up to 3 feet tall. 

Botanical Name: Chrysanthemum morifolium
Growth Rate: 2-3′ tall
Native Range: Europe and Asia
Hardiness Zones:3-9
Soil Needs: Moist, well-draining soil with compost mixed in
Blooming PeriodBetween summer and autumn
Water needs:Water when first 1″ of top soil is dry
Mums Growing Guide Chart

4. Showy Stonecrop (Hylotelephium spectabile)

Showy Stonecrop
Showy Stonecrop

Showy Stonecrop plants need full sun and well-drained soil in order to survive. Like all flowers in late summer mentioned on this list, the Showy Stonecrop is one of the prettiest. It has bright pink flowers that stand out amongst the greenery in your garden. Furthermore, they’re very attractive to bees and other pollinators. 

winter wonder❄️

As the cold months roll around and the other flowers on this list begin to fade, the intricate flowers of Showy Stonecrop stay out to play. The stems are frost-resistant and will stay upright well into winter. As the flowers dry they capture frost and dew that will glisten in the winter sun.

When taking care of them, be sure to avoid overwatering them, as this can lead to serious plant diseases such as root and stem rot. Once these things happen, you can say goodbye to your Showy Stonecrop. All in all, this is a very pretty flower that continues to bloom through the fall season, especially if temps are high. Below is a helpful care guide to taking care of these majestic flowers:

Botanical Name: Hylotelephium spectabile
Growth Rate: 1-3′ tall and wide
Native Range: Siberia
Hardiness Zones:4-9
Soil Needs: Well draining soil 
Blooming PeriodLate summer to early fall
Water needs:.8 cups of water approximately every 12 days
Showy Stonecrop Growing Guide Chart

5. Asters (Aster amellus)

Asters
Asters

This plant prefers full sun to partial shade and is easily in my top 10 fall plants to grow this season. Keep in mind that while they can handle shady areas, your plant won’t have as many flowers on it. Keep this perennial in the sun to get the highest amount of blooms. 

While some species are annual, meaning they only have a shelf life of one year, these pretty purple flowers will generally last for up to two years. Once they’re fully grown, the flowers can even be added to salads. If you want, you can even boil the leaves and use them in fresh tea. 

Botanical Name: Aster amellus/Symphyotrichum
Growth Rate: 1-6′ tall and 1-4′ wide
Native Range: North America
Hardiness Zones:3-8
Soil Needs: Well-draining soil with compost
Blooming PeriodBetween summer-fall
Water needs:Water once a week until soil is moist, but not soggy
Aster Growing Guide Chart

6. Helen’s Flower (Helenium)

Helens Flower
Helen’s Flower

Helenium – also commonly referred to as Helen’s Flower – are some of the most attractive foliage and flowers you can add to your garden. These flowers appear in the fall and can grow between 1 to 4 feet tall. 

While it does prefer soils in full sun, it’s best to keep them away from extreme heat and sunlight when they are first planted. Once the roots become established, it’s okay to expose them to full sun. If you’re looking to add color and interest throughout your home or community garden, these North American native flowers are just the ticket. They come in bright, bold shades of red, orange, and yellow. 

Botanical Name: Helenium autumnale
Growth Rate: 2-5′ tall and up to 24″ wide
Native Range: Canada and United States
Hardiness Zones:3-8
Soil Needs: Moist and well-draining soil, but they can adapt to clay soil
Blooming PeriodLate summer to fall
Water needs:Water once a week 
Helen’s Flower Growing Guide Chart

7. Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia)

Russian Sage
Russian Sage

I just love these purple blooms! They are so eye-catching and can grow to be between 3 to 4 feet tall, giving them a burst of color to your home. 

garden design tip✏️

Try planting among Black-Eyed-Susans or Coneflowers to create a captivating contrast of colorful blooms to the soft and silvery leaves of the Russian Sage. Their unique hue reflects light, shimmering in sunlight and glowing at dusk-introducing texture into your garden design.

The Russian Sage plant blooms at the end of summer. And though the flowers may die off at the first frost, they will re-appear when the weather gets warmer. Though these are mainly purple, they sometimes do have shades of blue, so if you’re looking to add some pretty blue flowers to your home’s exterior, these are them.

Botanical Name: Perovskia atriplicifolia
Growth Rate: 3-4′ tall and 3′ wide
Native Range: Central Asia
Hardiness Zones:4-9
Soil Needs: Well-draining soil, but can handle different types of soil
Blooming Period:Between July and August
Water needs:Water once or twice a week when first planted until established
Russian Sage Growing Guide Chart

8. Blackeyed Susan (Rudbeckia) 

Blackeyed Susan
Blackeyed Susan

Chances are, you’ve seen Blackeyed Susan growing in your neighborhood. These daisy-like flowers are gold and brown and mainly found in the Midwest, but they can be planted anywhere in the United States. 

You can expect these petaled flowers to bloom during their first summer, but it will take them about two years to reach their maximum height of between 2 and 3 feet tall. These yellow flowers are striking, but they also come in red and orange hues, as well. And, since their blooming season is between summer and fall, they’ll fit in with the changing tree colors. Below is an easy care guide for these stunners:

Botanical Name: Rudbeckia hirta
Growth Rate: 2-3′ tall and 1-2′ wide
Native Range: North America
Hardiness Zones:3-9
Soil Needs: Moist and well-draining soil, however, they can adapt to any type of soil
Blooming Period:Summer-fall
Water needs:1″ of water per week
Blackeyed Susan Growing Guide Chart

9. Heavenly Bamboo (Nandina) 

Heavenly Bamboo
Heavenly Bamboo

Believe it or not, Heavenly Bamboo is not even bamboo at all. It’s actually considered to be a shrub. So how did it end up with the name “bamboo?” Much of it has to do with its stem, which looks similar to bamboo, so the name just stuck.

This plant, which can thrive in full sun to part shade, is known for having a cluster of bright red berries hanging off its leaves. Though it blooms during the summer season, its gorgeous, rich red hue in the later seasons, adds the perfect fall color to your garden. Thinking of adding some Heavenly Bamboo to your winter garden? Here’s a helpful care guide: 

Botanical Name: Nandina
Growth Rate: 7′ tall and 5′ wide
Native Range: Asia
Hardiness Zones:6-9
Soil Needs: Moist, fertile, well-draining soil 
Blooming Period:Spring and summer
Water needs:During the spring, water once a day. Water every 1-2 weeks during the fall and winter seasons.
Heavenly Bamboo Growing Guide Chart

10. Carnations (Dianthus) 

Carnations
Carnations

Carnations are a fan favorite among plant lovers because of how beautiful they are, and how great they look in both a bouquet and a garden. They come in a variety of colors, including pink, white, and red. Keep in mind that even though they are a common household flower, you’ll want to ensure that your pets avoid the plant because it can be harmful to animals. 

Here’s what you need to know about taking care of these beauties:

Botanical Name: Dianthus caryophyllus
Growth Rate: 4-24 inches tall and 4-18 inches wide
Native Range: Europe and Asia
Hardiness Zones:4-8
Soil Needs: Well-drained soil
Blooming Period:May
Water needs:Water once a week
Carnation Growing Guide Chart

11. Chinese abelia (Abelia chinensis)

Chinese abelia
Chinese Abelia

A native perennial to China, the Chinese Abelia plant thrives in full sun. While it does have pretty white blooming flowers, many people who add these summer-blooming flowers to their garden trim it so it looks more like a shrub than a wildflower. 

Keep in mind that these flowers blossom from late summer into fall, so if you want them to be established by then, it’s best to plant them during the spring season. You’ll also want to leave space for them inside your garden because they can easily grow up to 7 feet tall, if not taller. To make sure they have enough space, you’ll want to cut the plants back every 2-3 years to prevent overcrowding. Here’s everything you need to know about caring for this perennial flower: 

Botanical Name: Abelia chinensis
Growth Rate: 6-8′ tall and wide
Native Range: China
Hardiness Zones:7-9
Soil Needs: Well-draining, moist soil
Blooming Period:Mid-summer to fall
Water needs:Needs about 1 inch of water per week.
Chinese Abelia Growing Guide Chart

Final Thoughts 

If you’re looking for flowers that blossom from the late summer through fall, these are the best ones to choose. Not only do many of them grow between 2 to 4 feet high (and sometimes up to 8 feet tall) but they come in so many different colors to add vibrancy to your garden. Whether you’re interested in white flowers with yellow centers, native grasses, or hooded flowers, these perennials keep your autumn garden beautiful all year round. 

Just because summer flowers fade, doesn’t mean you have to wait until the following season. These flowers continue to grow through the fall and will come back year after year. This guide can help you understand when they will start blooming and how to care for them through the late summer and fall (and beyond). 

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