Outdoor Autumn Flowers

Autumn, with it's vibrant, warm colors, is arguably the most beautiful season to enjoy outdoors. There are many flowers that are particularly striking in September, October and sometimes into November. Plant flowers that have a late display to capture the glory of the fall, or mix some late bloomers in with your spring and summer plants for a garden that dazzles year-round.

Aconitum carmichaelii

This herbaceous perennials are more commonly known better by the common names monkshood or wolf's bane. It has leafy-green foliage and sports blue-violet blooms in the fall, growing to a height of 4 feet. This plant is suited for growing in U.S. Department of Agriculture Plant Hardiness zones 3 through 9. It prefers full sun to partial shade, and it's soil must be kept moist. While it is beautiful, this plant is highly poisonous if ingested.

Anemone x hybrida

Varieties of this plant are known as Japanese anemone. Reaching a height of about 30 inches, it produces delicate white or pink flowers, blooming in late summer and continuing throughout the fall. Grown in zones 5 through 9, they are fairly aggressive, low-maintenance plants as long as their soil is kept moist, but not soggy. They can tolerate full sun to partial shade.

Colchicum 'waterlily'

The bright lilac blossom of this plant of this perennial resembles the water lily, and is one of the more popular autumn flowers. It makes an attractive border or container plant at 5 inches tall. It requires full sun and well-drained soil, suited to growing zones 4 through 9. Also known as autumn crocus or meadow saffron, these plants are low maintenance that will, within a couple of years, form a dense clump. Propagate by splitting the clumps in the summer when they are dormant.

Leucanthemella serotina

For those who love the simple yet cheerful daisy, this daisy, also called moon daisy or Hungarian daisy, is perfect for the fall garden. It blooms from late summer to mid fall, displaying the typical white petals and yellow daisy center. The plants grow in zones 4 through 9, and reach a height of 3 to 4 feet. They require full to partial sun, and thrive in average soil that is not too rich nor too wet. They can be easily propagated by dividing the root ball or by collecting and planting the seeds.

Schizostylis coccinea

These plants are a bit fussy, requiring a neutral soil pH level, constant moisture and full sun light, but are well worth effort for the autumn display they make. Better known by their common name, crimson flag, for their striking clusters of satiny red flowers on blue-green foliage. These plants are related to the iris family. They are best suited for growing zones 6 through 9, where they can reach heights of 24 inches.

Vernonia crinita

Also known as ironweed, these tall, graceful plants are rare fall wild flowers native to the midwestern United States. They grow best in zones 4 through 7, in full to partial sun. The tall, spindly stems reach heights of 6 feet, and from late summer to late autumn they will display clusters of red-violet flower heads. They should be planted in soil with good drainage and watered regularly.

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Mackenzie Wright has been freelancing for the last 8 years in the arts of writing, painting, photography, crafts, and teaching classes on the arts. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Education. Her writing has been featured in publications such as the Saint Petersburg Times, South Florida Parenting Magazine, and Home Education Magazine.