The Best Fall Flowers (That Aren’t Mums)

Plan on adding some of these plants to your garden to attract more flowers and color in the fall.

Q: Besides mums, what should I plant to get more flowers and color in autumn? — reader, Judy Roberts Graytown, Ohio.

A: Mums definitely signal the end of the growing season, but native asters (pictured below), turtleheads and goldenrods are also excellent options. Try sunny Ohio goldenrod or the cultivar Fireworks. They provide nectar for pollinators preparing for winter or migrating to their southern homes. (These are some of the best flowers for pollinators.) One of my favorite nonnative plants is toad lily (pictured above). The flowers remind me of orchids and appear along or at the tip of the plant’s stem. Native and noninvasive ornamental grasses also provide texture year-round, and many flower in fall, producing attractive seed heads that last through winter. — Gardening expert, Melinda Myers

purple mountain AsterCourtesy Douglas Beall/Birds & Blooms

Originally Published in Birds & Blooms