Spring is welcomed by home gardeners as that time of year when shrubs, trees and plants burst into full bloom. Summer-blooming plants add their beauty and colors to the garden as the hot days begin. In the fall, many plants start to go dormant. Autumn does not have to signal the end of your garden's beauty, however. There are many flowers that will extend the beauty of your landscape by blooming well into fall.
The genus Sedum comprises over 400 species of flowers, most of which are very hardy and bloom in early fall. These flowers thrive in light shade and rich, well-drained soil. Some are low-growing groundcovers, such as "Dragon's Blood," which has brilliantly red flowers and leaves that turn burgundy in the fall. Others average around 12 inches tall, like "Frosty Morn," which features tiny, pale pink flowers and silvery leaves. Some have a trailing habit, like the pink and green "Ruby Glow." Many sedums are very tall and showy. "Autumn Joy Stonecrop" can grow up to 3 feet tall and is topped with deep coral flowers.
Asters are a classic fall-blooming flower. They grow in neat mounds, averaging 2 feet high and 2 feet wide. Asters look much like daisies, but their flowers are smaller. They come in a wide variety of colors, including purple, yellow, pink and salmon. Some dwarf versions, such as the "Purple Dome," only grow 12 to18 inches tall.
The hardy begonia is a great choice for moist, shady areas. This plant features pink or white flowers set against dark, glossy green leaves. The hardy begonia grows in a neat mound and will bloom from late summer to mid-fall, sometimes even blooming through the first frost.
This tall, slender plant adds a splash of blue or white to your fall garden. The blue sage grows up to 5 feet tall and has a stalk full of small, ruffled flowers. Underneath the flowers, the stalk is lined with slender, long leaves. The blue sage prefers full sun and soil on the dry side.
The dwarf plumbago is a very hardy ground cover that blooms well into fall and sometimes even into the winter. The plant thrives in shady areas with moist but well-draining soil and features rich, deep blue flowers.
Chrysanthemums are the ubiquitous autumn flower. The shades of orange, yellow and red compliment the colors found in autumn leaves and gourds. Mums can grow up to 3 feet tall. These flowers bloom profusely in the fall because they are photoperiodic, blooming in response to short days and long nights.