Fall is upon us (cue happy sigh). With the change of seasons exciting plants start to strut their stuff. Ornamental grasses and perennials including sedums and goldenrod are a must of course, but there are lots of other cool options to fill your garden with rich foliage colors and flowers from late summer right up until the first frost. Here are 5 we recommend.
(Please visit the companion post that covers zones 8 –11 as zones often overlap.)
Long, slender, pink-tinted, creamy white, fragrant flower spikes tower above brilliant dark-purple foliage in the fall. Wonderful late-season treat for native bees. Full to partial shade. Zone: 3 – 9
Fragrant and shiny yellow foliage glows throughout summer, but the real thrill comes in fall when deep-blue flower spikes come into bloom providing a rich contrast. Snip stems to add to vases of autumn leaves. Full sun. Zone: 5 – 9
Bright neon-red flowers on this small shrub bloom non-stop from late spring right through fall which is awesome, but wait until you see how the foliage turns rich, dark-burgundy as the autumn chill sets in. Full sun. Zone: 4 – 9
Heirloom variety adds crisp-formality-meets-cottage-charm to planting schemes. Movement and scale provide oomph to the middle of the border. Fabulous with hydrangeas or behind a low holly or boxwood hedge. Partial to full sun. Zone: 4 – 8
No wildlife garden (or fall garden for that matter) should be without this tall shrub and its clusters of bright-purple berries that are a late season food source for many species of birds. Plant as a backdrop, in mass, or throughout the landscape. Full sun. Zone: 5 – 8