Flowers for fall

I absolutely love to grow bright flowers each autumn! Here are some of my favorite flowers for fall.

Flowers for fall - sunflower

1. Sunflower

Sunflower is a classic flower for autumn. These tall beauties commonly have cheery bright yellow petals with brown centers. That said, there are numerous different specialty types to grow, including adorable short ‘Teddy Bear’ fluffy sunflowers, towering ‘Mammoth’ giant sunflowers, bronze ‘Autumn Beauty’ bouquet sunflowers, and pollinator-magnet ‘Lemon Queen’ sunflowers. Plant sunflower seeds in early summer for a gorgeous display of flowers in early autumn.

Flowers for fall - rudbeckia

2. Rudbeckia

Rudbeckia, or Black-Eyed Susan, is a favorite flowering perennial for autumn. Rudbeckia blooms look like tiny sunflowers, with bright golden-yellow petals and dark centers. Pollinators love these happy flowers, which return reliably each spring from overwintered roots. Some of the most popular Rudbeckia cultivars include ‘Goldsturm’, ‘Autumn Sun’, and ‘Little Goldstar’.

Flowers for fall - dahlia

3. Dahlia

Dahlia plants produce some of the most stunning blooms available in the fall. Cultivars are available in a multitude of different shades, from soft pink to rich burgundy and vibrant bi-color flowers. Dahlia plants grow from underground tubers, which can stay in the ground in areas with mild winters but must be dug up and stored indoors in cold-climate zones. Popular types include big dinnerplate dahlias like ‘Cafe Au Lait’, ball dahlias like ‘Cornel’, and cactus-type dahlias like ‘Karma Corona’.

Flowers for fall - zinnia

4. Zinnia

Zinnia is an annual flowering plant with brightly-colored blooms. Flowers are available in pink, yellow, purple, red, orange, and even in a soft lime green. Popular zinnias to grow include the ‘Benary’s Giant’ series, the ‘Lilliput’ series, and the ‘Oklahoma’ series.

Flowers for fall - coreopsis

5. Coreopsis

Coreopsis, also known as Tickseed, is an herbaceous perennial plant that flowers in early autumn. These low-maintenance landscape plants have small cheery flowers that return reliably year after year. Most types of Coreopsis have golden-yellow flowers, but specialty plants are available in different flower colors including soft yellow, soft pink, rich burgundy, and yellow-brown bicolor. Popular types of Tickseed/Coreopsis include ‘Early Sunrise’, ‘Full Moon’, ‘Limerock Ruby’, ‘Mercury Rising,’ ‘Sweet Dreams’, and ‘American Dream.’

Mary Jane Duford
Mary Jane Duford

Mary Jane Duford is a quintessential Canadian gardener. An engineer by trade, she tends to an ever-expanding collection of plants. In her world, laughter blooms as freely as her flowers, and every plant is raised with a dash of Canadian grit.

Mary Jane is a certified Master Gardener and also holds a Permaculture Design Certificate. She's also a proud mom of three, teaching her little sprouts the crucial difference between a garden friend and foe.

When she's not playing in the dirt, Mary Jane revels in her love for Taylor Swift, Gilmore Girls, ice hockey, and the surprisingly soothing sounds of bluegrass covers of classic hip-hop songs. She invites you to join her garden party, a place where you can share in the joy of growing and where every day is a new opportunity to find the perfect spot for yet another plant.

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