These gorgeous flowers can bloom from summer all the way through the first frost. Depending on where you live, that could be well into October!
Any of these fall blooming perennials can be grown in containers or small gardens.
Some grow tall enough to make colorful cut flowers you can display indoors too.
When you’re planting in containers, keep in mind container plants dry out faster than if they’re planted in the ground. you plant into plastic pots or containers, these hold moisture longer than a clay pot does.
Throughout the hotter days of summer make sure you water frequently. Testing the top inch or so of soil will tell you if its dry and your flower needs water. Don’t be afraid to soak the soil well at least once a week.
If you’re using a hose or watering can, water the soil not the leaves. Try to keep water from leaves if possible as wet leaves may burn if your plant’s in full sun. In a shaded area, wet leaves can lead to disease or pests.
Some flowering plants may be drought tolerant and can handle soil drying out a little, but don’t leave them in full sun or drying wind too long without watering.
Most of these are perennials, meaning they bloom year after year if they are cold tolerant to your climate zone.
Flowering Perennials You Can Plant Now to Bloom Through Fall
Coneflowers are drought and heat resistant and come in shades of purple, pink, orange, yellow, green and white. Bees, butterflies and birds love them and they grow up to 5 ft. tall making them perfect for cut flowers.
- Blooms from June to October
- Part shade to full sun
- Cut to ground once finished blooming
- Average water – 1x per week
Verbena is another easy care plant which tolerates drought and heat. It works well in hanging baskets, filling in the base of a pot planted with a tree or as an edging. Verbena also attracts bees and other pollinators. Many different shades are available from pink, purple, red and coral and blue violet.
- Blooms May to October
- Choose perennial varieties
- Full sun
- Well drained soil
- Deadhead frequently to encourage re-blooming
Mums are the traditional fall flower but they also are easy to care for as long as they get a good amount of sunshine. Flowering is triggered by the shorter days of end of summer into fall. Don’t expect Chrysanthemum plants that are potted in late summer to last through winter. Lots of different shades available from white, yellow, orange, pink to lavender.
- Bloom late summer to frost
- When potted in summer, it won’t be winter hardy
- Prefers full sunlight
- Like rich well drained soil, plant with fall vegetables
- Keep watered especially during summer heat
Black Eye Susan (Rudbeckia)
The Black Eye Susan is a late summer bloomer starting in late July. A relative of the sunflower family it also attracts bees, birds and pollinators to the garden. There’s also a Black Eye Susan vine which isn’t related to Rudbeckia. Depending on the variety Rudbeckia can grow from 10″ to 7 ft tall!
- Blooms from late July to October or early frost
- Likes full sun
- Bi-ennial or short perennials (few years)
- Reseed from seeds that disperse in fall
- Tolerate drought, but don’t leave water on leaves
Widely available in garden centers, supermarkets and big box stores, the humble geranium is a reliable bloomer and perfect for your hanging baskets and container pots. Shades of pink, purple, white, red and orange flowers provide a burst of color through fall. Geraniums don’t like to be too hot, be sure to protect them from afternoon sun if you live in a warm to hot area.
- Bloom spring through fall
- Winter hardy in zones 10-11, over winter indoors in zones 9 up
- Likes full sun but protect from very hot afternoon heat
- Deadhead throughout the summer to encourage re-blooming
Salvia (Perennial Sage)
Salvia has tall flower spikes adorned with clusters of bright blue and purple flowers. It blooms from late spring through fall and is drought tolerant preferring 6 or more hours of sunlight per day. Salvia looks best planted in borders where it can grow a little wild. It makes for a nice backdrop to mounding plants such as Alyssum. It’s another bee, hummingbird and bird attractor.
- Blooms late spring to fall
- Perennial in zones 5-9 with some cold hardy to zone 4
- Sunny spot with good drainage
- Drought tolerant but water occasionally
- S.leucantha is a late bloomer
You can count on Alyssum to provide a pretty mounding shape when it’s planted in containers or for hanging trailers in baskets. The honey scented flowers attract bees and other pollinators to your garden. Alyssum prefers the cooler temps of spring and fall to bloom so don’t be surprised if it doesn’t thrive during the hot summer months.
- Blooms from spring to first frost
- Annual up to zone 8, perennial zone 9-11
- 6 hours of sun, but protect from hot afternoon sun
- Good for baskets or containers to fill in under a specimen plant
Asters (Michaelmas Daisy)
Asters are considered deer and disease resistant making them another easy to care for fall bloomer. They can grow from 6 in to 5-6 ft in height depending on the variety, but typically they’ll create bushy shapes in your planters and borders. Many varieties are native to North America. Asters prefer cooler summer temps and come in a wide variety of colors.
- Blooms August to October
- Full to partial sun
- Avoid planting in heat of summer in warm zones
- Use lightweight potting mix to plant in containers