18 Ways to Color Your Garden This Fall

When summer blooms fade, usher in a new color show with one or more of these unique fall varieties.

  1. Turn Over a New Leaf!

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    The Rutgers Reuters

    Step away from the traditional cabbage-and-Mum routine this fall and introduce new bloomers into your planting repertoire. The old standbys are hardy and give good, consistent color, but these alternate choices will definitely set your pots apart from the Jones's.

  2. Anise Hyssop (Agastache Foeniculum)

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    ZW Horticultural Co, ltd.

    With beautiful purple spikes, this plant will blossom through summer and fall, adding height and vivid color to your containers well into the cooler season. Available on Amazon; $5.99.

  3. Annual Vinca (Catharansus Roseus)

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    Garden Crossings

    These plants with pale pink flowers and glossy green leaves look similar to impatiens and hold strong through most conditions. Available on Amazon; $3.89 for 40 seeds.

  4. Bergamot 'Squaw' (Monarda Squaw)


    University of Vermont

    Clump-forming red flowers remain vibrant through cold weather and are great for adding height to your planters. Available on Burpee.com; $4.95 for 30 seeds.

  5. Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia)

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    Almost Eden Plants

    The long-blooming Black-Eyed Susan comes in a multitude of colors but is most commonly known for its black-brown center and bold yellow petals. The flower requires full sun but not much water or care. Available on Burpee.com; $4.95 for 100 seeds.

  6. Coral Bells

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    Magnolia Gardens

    Called "coral bells" for their vibrant flowers in spring, the silvery purple leaves and mounding habit of this variety make it a natural for containers and edging along paths. Available on Burpee.com; $14.95 for one plant.

  7. Dusty Miller (Jacobaea Maritima)

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    Whole Blossoms

    With its silvery-white coloring, this leafy plant always looks like it has a layer of frost, or "dust", on its leaves. Hardy in full sun or light shade, it will grow well into the fall months. Available on Burpee.com; $3.95 for 100 seeds.

  8. Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum)

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    Good to Grow

    Offering a contemporary look, Sempervivum come in a variety of colors and shapes and grow well in colder, dryer climates. Best of all, they do not require much watering. Available on Amazon; $5.99.

  9. Ornamental Kale (Brassica Oleracea)

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    Your Easy Garden

    From bright purple to maroon and light green to deep hunter, Ornamental Kale thrives in the coldest climates—the cooler the temperature, the better the coloring. Available on Burpee.com; $12.95 for four plants.

  10. Lamb's Ear (Stachys Byzantina)

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    Central Texas Gardener Blog

    With its grey-green fuzzy leaves, the Lamb's Ear is a classic choice for fall planters. Almost impossible to kill and hardy through the fall, the species adds a low-profile textural point of interest. Available on Amazon; $13.95.

  11. Leadplant (Ceratostigma Plumbaginoides)

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    Prairie Garden Trust

    Used as a low ground cover, Leadplant blossoms during the fall with beautiful blue color that turns vivid red later in the season. Add it to a container or bed for a jolt of color. Available on Amazon; $5.49 for 1000 seeds.

  12. Licorice Plant (Helichrysum)

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    Proven Winners

    With a silvery leaf similar to the Dusty Miller, the Licorice Plant matches virtually any color scheme and grows in full sun throughout the fall months.

  13. Mexican Feather Grass (Nassilla Tenuissima)

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    Horticultural Design, LLC

    The reddish feathery stalks of Mexican Feather Grass turn an amber color in the fall, making them the perfect height addition to planters in autumn. Available on Amazon; $18.95 for three 4-inch pots.

  14. Pansy (Violax Wittrockiana)

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    Survival Farm

    Seemingly available in almost any color, pansies grow best with lower night temperatures. With a simpler, more graceful look than mums, pansies are a great way to add color to the fall garden. Available on Burpee.com; $12.95 for four plants.

  15. Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis)


    Neighborhood Notes

    Rosemary offers a touch of green, some height, and a great smell. Plus, it remains hardy through cooler weather. Available on Burpee.com; $14.95 for 3 plants.

  16. Snapdragon (Antirrhinum)

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    Available in yellow, red, pink, maroon, orange and other vivid colors, Snapdragons are very cold-hardy and work well throughout the fall. They are relatively low-maintenance, requiring little water and well-drained soil. Available on Burpee.com; $19.95 for 3 plants.

  17. Strawflower (Bracteantha)


    Uprising Organics

    With beautiful yellow, red, and pink flowers, these drought-resistant plants bloom until the first frost. Available on Burpee.com; $4.95 for 750 seeds.

  18. White Clover (Trifolium Repens)

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    Lawn Care Blog

    The White Clover requires a moist, cool environment to flourish. The plant's green leaves grow in groups of three; some groupings have a white 'watermark' on the petals' top side. Available on Amazon; $9 for seeds.

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