Classic colorful fall plantings that usually come to mind are chrysanthemum, aster and goldenrod. Granted these can be spectacular in the fall garden, but they are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the myriad fantastic fall flowering plants that provide lots of great color, autumn through frost. There are hardy perennials, annuals, vines and even bulbs, some of which are exclusively fall bloomers. Other plants start earlier in the season and continue flowering straight through autumn. In addition to flower color, many perennials and annuals are starting to produce seed heads now that are just as attractive as their blooms. An added bonus is they will self-seed, producing volunteer plants next season while at the same time providing food for birds.
Some lovely summer blooming plants that are under appreciated for their fall color are Walker’s Low catmint (Nepeta), coreopsis, both perennial and annual salvias, hardy geraniums, orange Mexican Sunflowers (Tithonia) and fall crocus, to name a few. Right now many are still in bloom and will continue until a frost.