As the summer season starts to fade, so do most of our vibrant, sun-loving blooms. While a few flowers may grin and bear the cool September air, most of our popular annuals and perennials will lose their pep by the first day of fall. Luckily, beautiful chrysanthemums and other fall bloomers are perfect choices for keeping your garden flourishing with flowers throughout the autumn season. Accent those gorgeous North Dakota fall colors with these beautiful fall bloomers:
A classic fall bloomer, chrysanthemums are known for their wide variety of form and color. From daisy-like blooms, to the classic pompom shape, these flowers are available in almost every color of the rainbow. You can rest assured, there's a 'mum for everyone.
Plus, they're fairly easy to grow as long as you plant them in full sun and provide them with good drainage. Since they bloom in response to the short days and long nights of fall, avoid planting them near street lights which will interfere with their blooming rhythm.
The hardiness of chrysanthemums varies based on region and cultivar. Up here in Bismarck, we can treat hardier varieties, called hardy 'mums or garden 'mums, as perennials as long as they're planted with plenty of time to establish their roots before winter. While you can plant them early in the fall, at least six weeks before the first frost, the best time to plant them is during the spring before.
Tender varieties, also called florist 'mums, are less likely to overwinter in our region, but they'll still put on a spectacular fall display!
Coreopsis, also known as tickseed, are daisy-like flowers with wispy, uneven edged petals. These perennials initially bloom during the summer but rebloom throughout the fall as well. They're famous for their cheery, golden yellow color, but also feature warm shades of red, pink, and orange- perfect for accentuating your fall foliage. Many coreopsis varieties feature dark red or burgundy center rings to complete their stunning, and long-lasting display. Some varieties would be annuals in our area.
These vivid flowers grow in full sun to part shade and thrive in conditions with ample drainage such as sandy soils.
Coneflowers are typically mid-summer bloomers that will rebloom until mid-fall if they're deadheaded- perfect for adding brightness and color to the seasonal transition period. Their downward-facing petals attribute for their characteristic cone shape, which leaves their large seed head open for passing butterflies and bees to land on. Once coneflowers finally wilt, their stem and seed will remain upright, attracting a variety of birds to your garden from late fall through winter.
While purple coneflowers are most popular, they also display various shades of pink, orange, red, yellow, and green. Plant them in full sun for the best and brightest blooms!
If the name isn't a big enough hint, then the clusters of rosy-red blooms that flourish in the fall sure are! This sedum blooms a light pink color early in the fall, which deepens to a bronze-red color throughout the season. Enjoy the fleshy, succulent leaves and joyful autumn blooms of this perennial favorite year after year.
Like other sedum varieties, this cultivar is extremely easy to grow and will naturalize if left alone. It's super tolerant to sandy soils and sunny, dry conditions, but can grow in partial shade, too.
With its wispy, lavender flower spikes, Russian sage offers the perfect contrast to the golden hues of autumn. While it blooms as early as springtime, this vigorous perennial remains in bloom until early fall, filling your garden with its fragrant aroma.
Russian sage thrives in hot, dry locations, so plant it in well-drained soil, in an area with plenty of sunshine. Once established, it doesn't require much care, aside from some water during extended periods of drought.
Filling your garden with year-round color isn't hard to do when you add these beautiful fall bloomers to the mix! Check out our seasonal blooming calendar for perennials to ensure your landscape is continuously budding and blooming all year long, for years to come.