9 fall flowers to plant for autumnal color in your garden

With summer on its way out – and our gardens looking a little, well… tired – it’s no surprise that we’re asking the same question: what are the best fall flowers to plant for a bit of seasonal pizzazz? While we associate blooms with spring, it’s good to know there are actually plenty of garden ideas for adding color as we head into chillier weather.

‘If summer bedding plants are now looking a little frazzled, it might be the perfect time for a welcome boost of autumn colour,’ says Sarah Squire, chairman of Squire’s Garden Centres. To help you get your garden up and running again, we’ve asked the experts for their favorite flowering plants for this time of year – and their advice for keeping them healthy as we head towards winter.

Ellen is an experienced home journalist, and as Livingetc‘s deputy print editor, works tirelessly to pull together the magazine every month. To offer guidance on the best flowers to plant this fall, she spoke to gardening experts for their top recommendations.

What are the best fall flowers to plant?

1. Chrysanthemums


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You might have spotted chrysanthemums blooming through summer, but they’re also a good choice for early fall color – and a bit of drama. ‘For something a little larger, chrysanthemums are just the ticket, straight from the nursery and full of buds in autumnal yellows, oranges and reds – or more muted pink and white,’ says Sarah Squire of Squire’s Garden Centers (opens in new tab).