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Nine Flowers for Fall that will Make your Garden Glow

Mike Gary
Mike Gary
5 min read
Nine Flowers for Fall that will Make your Garden Glow

While Autumn doesn't leave room for the masses of flowers that you grow in the Summer, there are many flowers for Fall gardens that can make your flower beds shine. Let's take a look at some of the best options.


Lobelias are small dainty flowers reminiscent of a fairy garden. They mainly come in purple and white and grow in dense clusters with many tiny buds.

These flowers grow readily in sandy soil that many other flowers would disdain, making them ideal for filling in those little patches of your garden nothing wants to grow in.

Lobelias are small, delicate flowers that bring a sense of fragility and gentleness to any garden.


Celosias, or cockscombs, are oddly shaped flowers that do a fantastic job of adding texture to the garden.

Their brightly colored pink, purple, red, orange, white, and maroon flowers make an interesting sight among beds of Fall vegetables or more conventional flowers.

Cockscombs have an interesting array of foliage colors, including golden, blue, and purple-leaved plants.

Celosias are somewhat unusual compared to the flat faces of daisies and Violas, but help to add texture and dimension to the garden.


Cornflowers are a wildflower species native to Europe, which has become a common garden flower in the rest of the world.

They get their name from the fact that they were once common weeds in cornfields.

Their blue, white, and purple blossoms sway freely in the wind and bring a sense of peace and equilibrium to the garden world.

Cornflowers traditionally come in blue, white, and purple, and a large patch of these wildflowers can bring a relaxing area filled with color to the garden.


Asters are one of the many old favorites that have made it through the years to find a place in the Fall gardens of today.

These slightly fluffy flowers are available in various shades of blue, pink, purple, or white. Over the years, many different petal styles have arisen.

Some of them come with flat petals and open faces, reminiscent of a daisy, while others have fluffy heads with pin-shaped petals.

With their shape and color diversity, and the proud noble stance of the plants, asters will likely make it through many more years to come.

Asters are beautiful, if somewhat fluffy, additions to the Fall garden that add plenty of texture along with the color they bring.


Snapdragons are lovely, erect annuals, which come in various white, pink, and purple shades.

These medium-tall plants are excellent for providing a backdrop for smaller things like winter greens and cabbages, providing a sprinkling of colour in a bed that would otherwise be mainly green.

These flowers for Fall are also a favorite with bees and pollinators.

With their tall, erect blooms, Snapdragons bring to mind a proud soldier in his dress colors.

Violas and Pansies

To many people, violas and pansies bring up fond memories of grandma's garden with its beautiful little ornamental plants.

Violas and pansies are perfect for filling in those shorter spaces at the front of raised beds and general flower beds.

Breeders have produced a range of colors which include yellow, purple, pink, and blue.

Some cultivars like the Swiss Giants also have much larger flower heads so that you get more color with the same number of plants.

Pansies don't fare well in hot weather, so be sure to sow your seeds early in the season so they can get the most out of the consistent cooler weather.

If you combine your pansies and violas with a ground creeper like sweet alyssum, they'll do a noteworthy job of bringing color to the low areas of your garden.

Violas and Pansies come in almost every color of the rainbow and combine well with low-growing creepers like Sweet Alyssum.

Black-Eyed Susans

Black-eyed susans are one of the flowers that scream "Fall."

With their long, sprawling growth, these plants are one of the first to bloom in Autumn.

Start your seeds early and in places where the plant can sprawl freely to fill up a space.

Originally known only in their yellow form, breeders have developed orange, pink, and even purple varieties of the Black-Eyed Susan.


Chrysanthemums are a wonder in the garden. These flowers are of medium height, filling that middle zone just behind the shorter heights of many dwarf flowers.

You can buy chrysanthemums in a range of colors that include red, orange, yellow, and white, making them invaluable for bringing that pop of color to the places that need it most.

Another excellent advantage of the chrysanthemum is that some species are edible. So you can have not only a beautiful splash of color in the garden but add a dash of brightness to your salads as well.

Edible Chrysanthemum species add a lovely pop of color to both the garden and the occasional salad.


Sunflowers are, and forever will be, some of the superstars of the Fall garden.

If you're looking to add some height to the back rows of your flower or vegetable gardens, sunflowers fit perfectly into that niche.

They require a fair bit of watering since their dense root mats drink up plenty of water to help keep the plant going.

It's worth noting that you can buy different sizes of sunflowers to fill different parts of the garden.

Dwarf varieties fit perfectly into the front ranks, while the giant varieties fill those tall spaces, which can be hard to get color into.

Over the years, plant breeders have produced many different colors and sizes of sunflowers—you can pick from red, brown, and yellow varieties.

We hope that this list of flowers for Fall helps you plan your Fall garden.

You might also want to check out our articles about caring for your trees in Fall and our guide to solving common problems with Fall root vegetables.

What are you planting this Autumn? Let us know in the comments.

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Mike Gary

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