Relief is in sight, folks; fall is here! There are many varieties that stay in a holding pattern in our
extremely hot summers only to make a bigger show as we cool down in the months to close out the
year, such as Autumn Sage, Pincushion Flower or Zexmenia. There are some varieties, however,
that tend to save most of their blooms for the cooler fall months, and can give you color in your
garden where it might have been lacking before. Here are some of our top picks for getting some
fall perennial color in your landscape.
Lush purple salvia-like flowers (think Henry Duelberg Salvia on steroids) and greyish-green foliage on thinner leaves. Does well in full sun or part shade, and can grow up to 4 feet tall. Doesn’t quite give you the all-seasons color like some of the other salvia varieties, but when it does it is the most beautiful aspect of the garden. Also makes a good cut flower!
Fall Aster (also known as Autumn Aster) starts
blooming around mid-September once we start seeing
some cooler nights. Compacted clusters of flowers
make for a big show of blue or pink, and do best in full
sun. Only gets about one to two feet tall, so will look
great front-and-center in your flowerbeds.
This guy usually starts blooming around the end of July
and gives you tons of color by the time fall rolls around.
Turk’s Cap is best used as a background plant since it
dies back to the ground in the winter, but can grow
upwards of five feet tall in a year, and gives you tons of
color as a background shrub. Does quite well in sun or
shade, and is available in red or pink!
This Mexican native goes way back: the Aztecs used
to use its fragrant foliage for incense and cooking.
Yellow flowers protrude about 18-24 inches off the
ground and are beautiful in conjunction with the Fall
Aster if you have a specific fall-blooming area in your
One of my favorite fall sights in North Texas is seeing
the mass plantings of Gulf Muhly with their spectacular
pink plumes in the median of Sam Rayburn Tollway on
my drive home from work. An indicator that cooler
weather is to come! If you’re considering accent
grasses in your landscape, ditch the miscanthus grass
for its lower maintenance, distant cousin Muhly