For the last few weeks when I walk into my local garden center, there is nothing but mums and pansies available for sale. Believe it or not, there are other plants that flower in the fall. To get those blooms, you’ll need to plan ahead and find your plants when they are available for planting in the summer and get them in the ground. You won’t be able to find them in stores during their blooming period. But a little planning goes a long way – with colors from red to purple and yellow, these fall blooms are definitely worth it.
8 Plants to Grow for Fall Flowers
This list is specific to the Southeast, but many of these plants grow in other parts of the country. Just be sure to check out the zone requirements before you add them to your garden.
Perennial, Zone 7b to 10
The small tubular red flowers appear at the end of the tall branches and their bright color is quite appealing. It flowers in summer to fall and is easy to grow. It prefers rich, well-drained soil and can grow to be 4 or 5 feet tall and equally as wide.
Perennial, Zone 7 to 11
Also known as Mexican bush sage, this salvia produces great fall color (purple and white) that attracts hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies. It thrives in full sun, but will tolerate some afternoon shade. It gets to be about 3-4 feet tall and just about as wide, so give it plenty of room when you plant it.
Hot Lips Salvia
Perennial, Zone 8 to 10
A profusion of red, red-white, and white blooms cover this shrub-like sage. These perennial plants grow 3-3.5 feet tall and equally as wide. They prefer full sun and well-drained soil. This plant is a hummingbird favorite in my garden.
Easy to grow from seed, these plants produce lots of flowers in shades of yellow, orange, red, and gold. With so many kinds, you’ll find one that is the right height for your garden – from a few inches to several feet in height. Plant in full sun in well-drained soil. They’re relatively drought tolerant and deer resistant.
Perennial, Generally zones 4 to 9
Not all clematis vines bloom in the fall, but there are some that do, and do it spectacularly with pink, white, purple, or red blooms. This purple and mauve striped clematis blooms twice – once in early summer and once in fall. Clematis prefer full sun and well-drained soil. Some varieties are particularly hardy. Check the description of each clematis to find one that will bloom in fall.
Perennial, Zone 8 to 11 (with some Zone 7)
Some lantana varieties keep blooming well into fall. Flowers can be pink, red, yellow, and even purple. Drought tolerant, deer resistant, and heat tolerant – what’s not to love. They do best in full sun but will tolerate partial shade. Lantanas grow to a variety of heights, so check the variety before you buy. You might end up with a 6 inch height or a 6 feet height.
I just love these flowers. If you squeeze gently on the sides of the flower, it will open up and then snap shut. The flowers come in a mix of colors – yellow, pink, red, white, and mixed colors. Plant them in full sun in well-drained soil. To keep them blooming, be sure to deadhead the flowers. They can withstand cold temperatures fairly well, so they will last longer than some of the other fall bloomers.
Perennial, Zone 6a to 9a
This native sunflower is blooming profusely this October. Everywhere I drive, I see it growing in the fields or on the side of the road. It produces a lot of tall yellow blooms on one plant. It’s also known as swamp sunflower, which indicates its preference for moist soil. It can grow from 6 to 8 feet and prefers full sun. It attracts bees and butterflies.