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!

    Turn Over a New Leaf!

    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.

    The Rutgers Reuters

  2. Anise Hyssop (Agastache Foeniculum)

    Anise Hyssop (Agastache Foeniculum)

    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.

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  3. Annual Vinca (Catharansus Roseus)

    Annual Vinca (Catharansus Roseus)

    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.

    Garden Crossings

  4. Bergamot 'Squaw' (Monarda Squaw)

    Bergamot 'Squaw' (Monarda Squaw)

    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.

    University of Vermont

  5. Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia)

    Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia)

    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.

    Almost Eden Plants

  6. Coral Bells

    Coral Bells

    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.

    Magnolia Gardens

  7. Dusty Miller (Jacobaea Maritima)

    Dusty Miller (Jacobaea Maritima)

    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.

    Whole Blossoms

  8. Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum)

    Hen and Chicks (Sempervivum)

    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.

    Good to Grow

  9. Ornamental Kale (Brassica Oleracea)

    Ornamental Kale (Brassica Oleracea)

    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.

    Your Easy Garden

  10. Lamb's Ear (Stachys Byzantina)

    Lamb's Ear (Stachys Byzantina)

    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.

    Central Texas Gardener Blog

  11. Leadplant (Ceratostigma Plumbaginoides)

    Leadplant (Ceratostigma Plumbaginoides)

    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.

    Prairie Garden Trust

  12. Licorice Plant (Helichrysum)

    Licorice Plant (Helichrysum)

    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.

    Proven Winners

  13. Mexican Feather Grass (Nassilla Tenuissima)

    Mexican Feather Grass (Nassilla Tenuissima)

    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.

    Horticultural Design, LLC

  14. Pansy (Violax Wittrockiana)

    Pansy (Violax Wittrockiana)

    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.

    Survival Farm

  15. Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis)

    Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis)

    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.

    Neighborhood Notes

  16. Snapdragon (Antirrhinum)

    Snapdragon (Antirrhinum)

    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)

    Strawflower (Bracteantha)

    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.

    Uprising Organics

  18. White Clover (Trifolium Repens)

    White Clover (Trifolium Repens)

    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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