13 Perennials That Bloom in Fall

A mainstay of the traditional flower garden, perennials provide an abundance of bright, beautiful flowers for fall.

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White Cupid’s Dart

White cupid's dart is a daisy-like flower with purple centers that appear in midsummer and last well into fall.


Ligularia dentata ‘Desdemona’ features large, daisy-like orange flowers with heart-shaped, leathery leaves that are brownish green on top and maroon purple beneath.


Inula is a flat, yellow flower with delicate, narrow petals and dark yellow centers. Inula flowers into mid-fall.

Red-Hot Poker

The flower spikes of red hot poker are shorter than other varieties, but appear later and last into fall.


Phlomis produces yellow flowers from late spring to early fall. They form pretty dried seedheads in winter.


This lilyturf Liriope muscari has spikes of lavender or violet-blue flowers from early to late fall, and long, dark-green leaves.

Chinese Lantern

Chinese lantern, Physalis alkekengi, is grown less for its summer flowers than for the papery red lanterns enclosing orange-scarlet berries that appear in fall.

Blue Salvia

The intense blue, hooded flowers of salvia 'Cambridge Blue' are sparse but last from mid-summer to mid-fall.

Black-Eyed Susan

Black-eyed susan (Rudbeckia) is a vigorous perennial that blooms prolifically from late summer to frost. It tends to naturalize, and it also doesn't need much deadheading.

Sedum 'Autumn Joy'

Sedum Herbstfreude, or Autumn Joy, is a border variety of Stonecrop that is a dependable choice for the late summer and fall garden, offering foliage interest earlier in the season, then colorful display of rich bronzy red flowers in fall.

Swamp Sunflower

Golden daisy-like blooms open on this native wildflower in fall and linger until frost. Swamp sunflower blooms best in full sun but can grow in part shade, although plants will be lanky. This perennial grows 36 to 72 inches tall and wide and thrives in moist soil but can survive in well-drained soil, provided you water occasionally. Plants are hardy in Zones 6 to 9, but readily seen to Zone 3.


The hardy plumbago is an open branched, spreading, deciduous shrub with slender, bristly, mid-green stems. The leaves have purple margins, turning a bright red in fall. From late summer to autumn, this plant bears striking blue flowers.

'Gateway' Joe-Pye Weed

This statuesque plant adds strong architectural interest to your flower border and attracts butterflies by the dozen. Because perennial foliage usually declines after the plants bloom, choosing a late-season bloomer such as Joe-Pye weed ensures you have lush, beautiful foliage all season long. The variety called ‘Gateway,’ shown, reaches up to six feet in height.

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