A lot of the time we get so caught up with the showy summer annuals and perennials we forget some of the most beautiful perennial bloomers come around when the days get a little cooler. With names like September Charm, Autumn Joy, and Snow Angel, these perennials are great additions to the autumn garden. Below is a list of our favorite ones for the fall.
Tricyrtis - “Toadlilly” - This shade lover may have small blooms but the orchid type flowers will stop you in your tracks. Try the “empress” variety for the largest flowers.
Helianthus Angustifolius - “Dwarf Perennial Sunflower”: It’s hard to believe that these small plants are sunflowers! They grow to about 12” tall with daisy type flowers.
Anemone - "September Charm" - Vigorously growing, bright, star shaped flowers on long stems. It’s easy to see how the Sea Anemone got it’s name from this beautiful bloomer who’s name, in Greek, means “daughter of the wind”.
Gentiana - If you’re a fan of the electric blue hues of delphinium or lobelia, consider planting gentiana to carry the color throughout the fall. These will keep their blue, trumpet shaped flowers well into November.
Helleborus - Last but not least, we have the trusty Hellebore. These are some of the last (and first in spring) blooms of the season and we’re always happy to see them in their varied, antiqued looking, shades.