As the leaves begin to turn their fiery colors, so do fall-loving perennial and annual flowers. Fall flowers often bloom through winter to fill borders, containers and walkways with color and beauty. Fall flower blooms are grown in a wide range of sizes, shapes and colors, as well different water and sun requirements to make a dramatic impact to the landscape. These tough, hardy plants are a warm welcome in cool weather.
The aster flower is a perennial that grows in wide clumps. The long-lasting blooms emerge in summer to last through fall for bright bursts of color to the landscape. Asters grow between 3 and 6 feet tall and 1 to 3 feet wide. These tough perennials are ideal planted along a steep slope or bank for erosion control. Tucked along a front flower bed or used as a ground cover in your garden, asters don't disappoint. Aster blooms are grown in a wide variety of colors, including blue, yellow, white and purple. The bright green leaves contrast with the striking flower head. The USDA hardiness zone for asters is 4 to 8.
The chrysanthemum or garden mum is a moderate-growing, fall-loving flower with a wide range of bloom colors including white, yellow, orange, red and lavender. The blooms are long-lasting and present in clusters attached to the deep green, long stems. Garden mums grow in clumps up to 3 feet tall and wide. Their showy blooms require a medium amount of moisture to thrive. Garden mums grow best in full sun but can withstand light shade. They also require nutrient-rich, well-drained soil. Pinch these hardy bloomers back in early summer to promote new growth. Garden mums can also be divided in the spring or fall to use in other areas of the garden. Garden mums look classic nestled within a container or flower border. The USDA hardiness zone is 5 to 9.
Showy stonecrop is a perennial flower with a moderate growth habit. Its thick, succulent leaves are greenish-blue in color and bear bright pink flowers. The flower blooms emerge in August to last into the fall. Showy stonecrop grows up to 3 feet tall and wide, making for a showy and wide plant to grow among the landscape. Their clump form is ideal nestled along a flower border. Showy stonecrop requires full sun to part shade and well-drained soil that is neutral to slightly acidic in nature. This hardy perennial attracts butterflies to the garden. Stack or cut back in June to prevent the stonecrop from flopping over. The USDA hardiness zone is 4 to 9.