While many types of shrubs bloom in the spring and summer, there are some that reserve their flower displays for fall. According to the University of Arizona, such shrubs include many varieties of dalea, violet silver leaf, deer grass and Mexican thread grass. Shrubs that flower in the fall should be planted when their roots will have time to grow and develop in the ground before they have to flower. If you live in a mild climate you can plant fall blooming shrubs in the fall. However, if you live in a cold climate you should plant them in the spring after the last frost.
Choose a place in your yard for the fall blooming shrub. It will need full sun and well-drained soil, in most cases. To improve your soil's drainage, work 6 to 8 inches of compost into the soil to a depth of 12 to 18 inches.
Dig a hole for the shrub as deep as the root ball and twice as wide. Remove any rocks or debris from the planting hole.
Remove the shrub from its sack or container and loosen the roots gently with your hands. Place the shrub into the hole, spreading the roots out around it.
Fill the hole with soil and pat it down firmly.
Water the newly planted fall shrub with 1 to 2 inches of water to allow the soil to settle around the roots.