When the fiery leaves emerge in fall, so do the fall-loving flowers. Hardy yet colorful, fall flowers begin blooming in late summer and fall, oftentimes lasting into winter. Grown in dozens of colors, shapes and heights, fall flowers create a showy garden and warm welcome to a cool weather garden.
New York Aster
The New York aster is a perennial flower with a clumping growth habit. The flowers on the New York aster emerge in late summer to last through the fall for bright bursts of color. Asters grow 3 to 6 feet tall and 1 to 3 feet wide, ideal for planting in a flower bed or used as a ground cover in the garden. It's also ideal planted along a steep slope or bank to help with erosion control. New York aster blooms are grown in a wide range of colors, including yellow, blue, purple and pink. New York asters prefer full sun to part shade and a medium amount of moisture to thrive. The USDA hardiness zones for planting are 4 to 8.
The garden mum is a fall-loving perennial flower that has a moderate growth rate and clump-like form. Garden mums grow 1 to 3 feet tall and wide and are ideal nestled along a front flower bed for their showy foliage. They come in a variety of different colors, including, pink, white, yellow, red, blue and lavender. Long-lasting and perfect for fresh bouquets, their flower heads are attached to long, deep green stems. These bright flowers require a medium amount of moisture to flourish. Garden mums also require full sun but can tolerate a dappling of shade. Garden mums grow best in nutrient-laden, well-drained soil. Pinch the garden mum back in early summer to ensure new growth during the fall. Divide garden mums in spring or fall to plant in other areas of the garden. The USDA hardiness zones for planting are 5 through 9.
Kaffir lilies begin flowering in fall to light up the landscape with their bright blooms. The flowers on the kaffir lily are grown in pink, red, salmon and white. Kaffir lilies are hardy perennials that grow 18 to 36 inches tall and are ideal lining a garden path or tucked into flower containers. Kaffir lilies require full sun and a planting depth of 2 inches. They grow best in well-drained, moist soil. The USDA hardiness zones are 9 to 11.