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5 Fall Flowers to Plant This Year for Autumn and Winter Beauty

5 Fall Flowers to Plant This Year for Autumn and Winter Beauty

If you’re dreading the end of summer because it spells doom for all your beautiful flowers, dread no more. Here are five plants you can put in the ground now that will provide beauty throughout the fall, and some into winter.

1) Mums – Mums have got to be everyone’s “go-to” for keeping the garden alive and vibrant in the fall. What I like about them is their variety. They come in dozens of shapes, sizes and colors, so you can put them pretty much anywhere without worrying about how they’ll impact the rest of your visual landscape. I usually get some for the pots on my porch, and others to plant where I need to distract the eye from flowers that have finished their summer blooming and are just waiting to be cut back. One thing I love about mums is how hardy they are. I live in the mid-Atlantic region, and they’ll probably keep flowering until mid-November or so. Buy plants that are full of tightly-clustered flower heads that haven’t started to open yet. Put them in a sunny spot and keep them moist as they flower.

2) Ornamental cabbage and kale – Though people think of these plants as flowering, it’s actually their leaves that provide the color and beauty. Some species sport big leafy green crescents that cup a bright pink or purple interior. Others show leaves that are lacy or fringed and a beautiful creamy color. Group them together in large plantings to show off their color, which develops best after frost or prolonged cold weather. Buy plants that have short stems to prolong their growing season. Let them dry out a bit between watering, but don’t skip the H2O for too long or they’ll get stressed.

3) Asters - This perennial is native in many parts of the U.S. I have it in my own garden and love how easy it has been to care for. I almost never water it, and still it grows abundantly, even in the open shade (not sun) where I have it planted. If you can’t find a native variety at the garden store, try starting it from seed. It takes root pretty easily and will reward you with reliable fall foliage year after year.

4) Pansies – Who doesn’t loves these cheerful ornamentals? While they don’t offer the variety in terms of size or shape that mums do, they’re equally colorful and last much longer. Plant them now and enjoy them until the heat hits next summer. They’ll get a little peaked when temperatures drop below freezing, but will perk right back up as soon as the sun works its magic. Put them in pots or place them in groups of 5 or more in your yard or garden.

Toad Lilly Image credit: ladydragonflyherworld via Flickr

5) Toad lillies – You might not like the name, but you’ll love the abundant blooms on the long fronds of this native plant. Look for it at your garden center or online. Keep in mind that this plant prefers moist ground and open shade rather than direct sun.


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Diane MacEachern

Diane MacEachern is a best-selling author, award-winning entrepreneur and mother of two with a Master of Science degree in Natural Resources and the Environment. Glamour magazine calls her an “eco hero” and she recently won the “Image of the Future Prize” from the World Communications Forum, but she’d rather tell you about the passive solar house she helped design and build way back when most people thought “green” was the color a building was painted, not how it was built. She founded because she’s passionate about inspiring consumers to shift their spending to greener products and services to protect themselves and their families while using their marketplace clout to get companies to clean up their act. Send her an email at


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1:19AM PDT on Jun 21, 2015

I put out some ornamental cabbage in our front flower bed last year and people commented on it until December!
This year, I am looking for some Asters, but am having a hard time finding any.

10:13AM PDT on Aug 27, 2014


5:05PM PDT on Aug 26, 2014

really nice.

8:37PM PDT on Aug 24, 2014

Thank You

10:46AM PDT on Aug 24, 2014

Thank you

11:36AM PDT on Aug 23, 2014

Nice,and the kale makes a great Portuguese soup if can find linguica.

7:51PM PDT on Aug 22, 2014

Beautiful blooms.

5:58PM PDT on Aug 22, 2014


4:00PM PDT on Aug 22, 2014


8:41AM PDT on Aug 22, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

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