Need a few ideas for fall mum overload? Here are a slew of plants that do their thing in fall, adding depth and drama to beds, borders, and containers. Those of you in colder zones, check out a group of rhodies that have amazing fall color! (That’s Limemound® Spirea above.)
Blue Balloon® Bluebeard
Zone: 5 – 9
Striking deep blue flowers into fall and highly fragrant, rich green foliage with silvery undersides. Vigorous and highly adaptable. Up to 2.5′ tall, 2′ wide. Full sun.
Bountiful Blue® Blueberry
Zone: 6 – 10
Award winning variety with the bluest of summer foliage that transforms to deep red in fall. Best effect from planting in a mass. Up to 4′ tall and wide. Full sun.
Double Shot® Watermelon Azalea
Zone: 6 – 9
Compact reblooming azalea displays luscious, watermelon pink flowers twice a year, first in spring and again in fall. Up to 3′ tall and wide. Full shade to partial sun.
Black Negligee Snakeroot
Zone: 3 – 9
Dark-purple foliage and dramatic long, slender fragrant flower spikes that tower above the foliage in fall. Up to 2′ tall and wide; spikes to 6′ tall. Full to partial shade.
SPECIAL SHOUT OUT TO RHODIES!
Did you know that some spring blooming rhododendrons and azaleas also display wonderfully colorful fall foliage? Who wouldn’t want a piece of that!
Many azaleas (which belong to the genus Rhododendron–consider them cousins) are deciduous and so put on quite a show, but don’t count out rhodies, some of which color up in winter in hues from gold to scarlet to burgundy. Not all rhododendrons or azaleas have this feature, so be sure to read plant descriptions carefully and also consult with a local garden center if this is important to you.
Here are just six of the varieties that provide reliably brilliant fall color.
Zone: 5 – 8
Bubblegum-pink, lightly scented flowers and a dense backdrop of small deep green leaves that turn bronze over the winter months. Up to 4′ tall and wide. Partial sun.
Olga Mezitt Rhododendron
Zone: 4 – 8
Foliage turns rich mahogany color in late fall, holding through winter. More heat and sun tolerant than other varieties. Up to 4′ tall, 3′ wide. Partial to full sun.
Weston’s Aglo Rhododendron
Zone: 4 – 8
Early flowering variety with reddish blotched pink bloom and glossy foliage that turns a smoky-purple hue in fall. Up to 5′ tall and wide. Partial shade to partial sun.