Flowers & Herbs to Plant in the Fall

Once the heat of summer has passed, many different flowers and herbs can be planted in the fall to replace withered blooms and summertime gardens. Hardy, cool weather flowers and herbs that can handle a light frost and shortened daytime sun include favorites such as parsley and the prized chrysanthemum. Plant seeds or transplants towards the end of the summer and beginning of the cooler fall days. Choosing fall season plants to replace summer ones ensures one's garden is colorful, fragrant and full throughout the end of the growing season.


This cool season herb is typically an annual in the herb garden. Its distinctive, rich flavor and scent makes it a staple for those who enjoy fresh culinary delights straight from the garden. The curly, divided leaves are familiar to most gardeners. Plant parsley in the fall for fresh garnishing and flavoring warm autumn dishes. Leaves may be cut once they reach suitable size.


Chives are a cool season, perennial herb that typically reach heights of 10 inches. They produce pale purple flowers and resemble onion plants. The clumps of fresh leaves may be used once they reach suitable size. Chives are easy to grow and care for and have an onion-like flavor.


Chrysanthemum is an annual fall favorite among gardeners and landscapers. Known more commonly as "mums," the chrysanthemum is a hardy autumn flower boasting a wide variety of colors. Orange, yellow, red, white and maroon are just the start of the many shades available. The round and fluffy blooms can withstand cooler temperatures and a bit of frost as well. Mums are easy to grow and transplant and are a desired starting point for beginner flower gardeners.

Sedum 'Autumn Joy'

This upright perennial enjoys a long bloom time, beginning in mid-summer and continuing until fall. Gardeners wishing to add to their fall flower garden can readily plant transplants during this time. Colors rang from orange, yellow, pink and red. Sedum attracts butterflies and is a delight to have in fall flower gardens. The easy care and maintenance make it a favorite for beginners. Since it is slightly drought resistant, sedum is ideal for the drier fall months. It thrives in a wide variety of soil types, including shallow and rocky soils. Full sun is preferred for optimal bloom. Sedum is often planted in containers and flower boxes as well as flower gardens. After the final frost has passed, keep dead flower heads atop their stems for the unique appearance of natural dried flowers.

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