As summer inexorably gives way to fall and the colors change all around us, it’s a good time to reimagine your garden layout for the season. Both your backyard and your home can be host to a plethora of beautiful fall plants and colors. Here are just a selection of the more unique flowers out there you can bring into your home to add a dash of autumnal flair.
There are so many different autumn flowers you can plant in your yard, that it would be impossible to list them all here. But the fall flowers in this section are the best of the best as they will give your garden a unique look and inject it with the vibrant colors of fall before the grayness of winter sets in. These autumn flowers not only look amazing but are also hardy plants that can withstand colder weather.
Amaranth produces beautifully bright purple garden flowers each fall that results in truly pretty arrangements. The cool thing with these fall flowers is that come November, you can dry them out and have some beautiful floral decor for your fall-styled home. This October flower prefers sun, but does well even in part shade, making it pretty versatile as well.
These huge flowers for your garden need lots of room because they can grow to be up to thirty feet tall. Sumac is also a very diverse fall flower to plant as it comes in many different varieties, giving you the luxury of choice. To find the best sumac variety for sprucing up your fall garden, it is good to be aware that some types of sumac cause rashes, so we recommend avoiding these varieties. Sumac is a great example of a hardy autumn plant because it puts up with drought well and still produces a stunning scarlet or crimson color.
This is a type of Chrysanthemum and it is the ultimate November flower that has become quite trendy lately. All the chrysanthemum types will adorn your lawn with rich colors perfect for offsetting the grayness of fall. However, this autumn flower has a very nice lavender color that is perfect for adding texture and character to any frosty lawn on a fall morning.
Also known as the Dixie rosemallow, the Hibiscus Mutabilis is a beautiful autumn flower that adds character and class to any garden. Despite its name, the flower is native to Taiwan and Southern China but has since spread to all continents of the world. This flower is produced by a shrub and changes from white, to pink, and then to a deep rose as the flower gets older. This unique property makes for a garden flower overflowing with fall colors.
Pansies might not seem like the best fall flowers as common pansies tend to turn into mush with the first fall freeze. However, “Plentifall” pansies, as the name suggests, don’t have this problem and bloom from fall through spring. These colorful autumn flowers survive below-zero degrees with ease and look good while they do it.
For those who want to have a fall garden flower that stands out from the rest, the turtlehead is the pointy two-lipped flower for you. These flowers resemble the head of a turtle in their shape, hence their unusual name. Turtleheads, like many wildflower variants, are also famously hardy fall flower plants that are low maintenance and don't need much sun.
Here we have another beautiful Chrysanthemum variant that is the perfect November flower. Chrysanthemum is a pretty name with a cool meaning. The name roughly translates to “gold flower” as the original variant came in golden hues, just like the beautiful apricot courtier. When the courtier is in full bloom its beautiful orangey-gold hues will give your lawn an air of subtle sophistication.
The dianthus is not strictly a fall flower as it is a perennial that can bloom for a long time and produce a fragrant scent. Nonetheless, it works great as an autumn flower as its one-foot-tall height gives it presence and its bright pink color makes for a truly striking display of dazzling fall color. Dianthus flowers come in other colors as well - plus make a perfect border for any flower bed thanks to their distinct dimensions and color.
The cool name of this garden flower hints at its origins as a plant native to the Iberian peninsula. This explains the lively Mediterranean hues of the Spanish bluebell that are perfect for your fall garden. As an autumn flower, the Spanish bluebell grows as much as 20 inches tall and can thrive in most climates, producing blue, pink, and white blooms.
Flowers For The Home
When it comes to indoor gardening, space is always an important consideration to take into account. That’s why we found the best autumn flowers that also don’t take up too much space and are perfect for flower boxes or hanging baskets. This way you can adorn your home with the hues of fall, but still make the most use of limited interior space.
Coral bells have long been a favored choice for interior autumn flower displays as they are perfect for flower boxes. This flower is a perennial plant, meaning you don’t have to replant it each year and it comes in a range of colors and textures. These fall flower types are also notoriously long-lasting and near impossible to kill. Coral bells pair well with chrysanthemums, ornamental grasses, and other autumn flowers.
Aster is the Latin word for ‘star’, which gives you a good idea of what this flower is known for. Standing out with its strikingly brilliant indigo-purple shades, the aster is an icon of fall and as such will be perfectly at home in your Autumn flower garden. Asters thrive in rich soil and are a great choice for your indoor winter garden.
Here is another classic fall flower that is a great addition to any flower box. Sedums are known for blooming in early fall and some variants are known as ‘autumn joy’ for their distinct light autumnal colors such as whites, pinks, and indigos. Although these autumn flowers don’t fare well in winter, they will last longer when sheltered from the cold. And once they do die, sedums make for beautiful dried flower arrangements.
This is one of the more common fall flowers on the list, but still, one that belongs in your home fall garden. These perennial daisies are perfect at home in a flower box or a garden and bloom into later fall. Black-eyed Susans can also be easily overwintered thanks to their hardy nature, and grow relatively quickly and easily. Just be sure to use well-drained soil so that your Black-eyed Susans don’t get overwhelmed with water.
These are another phenomenal autumn flower choice for overwintering at home. The perennial coneflower is a standard fall bloomer guaranteed to give you striking hot pinks, oranges, reds, and golden yellows to complement the earlier sunsets of fall. They don’t require sun all the time and so do perfectly well as indoor plants, ready to bloom each year.
This Autumn flower with a cool name is a profuse bloomer that produces small petunia-like flowers that stand up well to fall chills. A million bells are usually grown in flower boxes or hanging baskets and produce a rainbow of colors including stripes, solids, and two-tones. They are typically planted in the spring and bloom until the first frost. Of course, since you’ll have them inside, your million bells will continue producing plenty of flowers to last you all of the fall season.
Although shamrocks are known as a warm-weather perennial, they are still quite easy to grow in partial shade. Shamrocks are some of the hardiest flower plants around, making them a perfect way to bring in warm-weather colors even in the depths of fall. Aside from their distinctive light red color, shamrocks also come in luxuriant velvet and burgundy red hues.