10 Fall Flowers

An autumn garden can feature tons of color, including reds, pinks, oranges, yellows, purples, and blues

Everybody thinks of spring and summer as flower season, but just because the temperature drops doesn’t mean your garden has to call it quits for the rest of the year.

1.Sunflowers

While often admired as simply lovely garden ornamentals, sunflowers actually have an amazing variety of uses. They may peak mid-summer, but most sunflowers will keep shooting up,even as the weather cools. Harvest when the seeds start to turn brown, or the backs of the seed heads turn yellow. You’ll have to beat the birds to them, however.

2.Cosmos

Your kitchen will never go without flowers if you plant a bed of cosmos. They make for great bouquets from spring until first frost. Bonus: Finished blooms can self-seed in your garden for even more stems.

3.Verbena

These tiny beauties flower profusely until first frost, brightening beds, borders, and hanging baskets even in part shade. They’ll even tolerate the hot, dry summer days in the South leading up to a cooler fall.

4.Pansies

Pansies can’t tolerate heat, but they can withstand the winter. Plant ’em at the end of summer and they’ll bloom until a hard frost. Then expect to see their smiling faces pop up again in the spring.

5.Sedum

Watch this succulent plant sprout up in the summer before bursting into a deep pink or red in the fall. Since sedum (also called stonecrop) stores water in its leaves, it’s incredibly heat- and drought-resistant, and butterflies love the wide, dense flowers.

6.Alyssum

Available in both purple and white, alyssum works in both containers and beds, or as a ground cover. If you’re aiming for a fantasy garden, plant some between stepping stones for a magical effect.

7.Asters

Let your flower garden go out with a bang with this show-stopping display. For the biggest swath of lavender blooms, plant in full sun. The daisy-like blossoms also repel deer and attract butterflies.

8.Monkshood

Caution: This plant is poisonous, but with purple flowers this lovely it’s hard to resist. Plant the perennial (also called wolfsbane) in shaded areas — and make sure you wash your hands after handling it. If you have curious kids or pets, you might want to skip this one.

9.Japanese Anemones

Autumn reds and oranges look great and all, but you won’t mind seeing a splash of pink through your window this September. Bonus for shady yards: The versatile border plants thrive in part sun.

10.Rudbeckia

These sunflower-like beauties will love the brightest spot in your garden. Sow the seeds directly in the soil at any point in the summer to get some splashy autumn blooms.