Hardy Plants for Autumn

Create a color-filled garden throughout the fall with hardy and long-lasting annuals and perennials. Fall-loving plants are hardy companions to the landscape that prefer the cool nights of fall. Fall blooms come in bright colors and unusual textures for a brilliant flower garden. Fall gardens can also be grounded and placed in containers along a front porch or backyard patio. Fill a container with pansies, violas and cool-weather herbs like fennel and dill.


Coleus is hardy fall bloomer that adds bright bursts of color throughout the landscape. The coleus comes in bright colors like chartreuse, crimson and green. Fringed with opposing colors like red and white, the coleus is a cascading annual that amps up the landscape with its draping leaves. Coleus grows up to 20 inches in height and 10 inches wide, ideal for a hanging basket, flower pot or along a front flower bed. This fall beauty also requires partial shade with a smattering of sun to flourish and thrive.


Mums, short for chrysanthemum, are a hardy fall favorite. Mums thrive in USDA Hardiness Zones 5 to 9 and prefer full sun and well-drained soil. This perennial grows up to 36 inches in height and is a favorite container plant to use along a front yard for a splash of color. The flower colors of the mum include white, yellow, orange and red, and it grows in a mound-like form. In the spring and summer, cut back chrysanthemums to encourage compact growth during the fall bloom season.


Also called the blue aster or heart-leafed aster, this hardy perennial is a fall-loving flower and a garden must. Asters grow up to 4 feet in height beginning around mid-September and last through the fall. The aster produces billowing mounds of blooms in pale blue and white. The small flower head grows in a dense cluster with heart-shaped leaves, hence the name heart-shaped aster. The 2-to-5-inch broad leaves have sharp teeth attached to a thin stalk. Pair the aster with a colorful mum for a bright, colorful design to the landscape.


Stonecrop is a hardy fall plant. It grows up to a mere 3 inches in height and does best in Zones 3 to 8. The deciduous stems are thick and low growing, perfect for planting along a low garden wall or along a front flower bed for ground coverage. The golden yellow flowers cover the stonecrop with their vibrant colors. Stonecrop requires sun to partial shade as well as well-drained, acidic soil. They also prefer sandy or gravelly soils, perfect for planting in a rock garden.

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