Color Up with Fall Perennials

Some perennials show their best work in the autumn season. Here is a short list of cultivars that keep colors in the garden through Indian Summer and into the first frosts. Harvest colors dominate: yellows, reds, golds, and tans. Some use flowers and some use foliage, but all of them are gardenworthy.

Chrysanthemum ‘Brandywine Sunset’

‘Brandywine Sunset’

Among the last perennials to bloom, this Chrysanthemum is one of four garden-hardy cultivars bred locally by Erica Adam.

Chrysanthemum ‘Brandywine Sunset’


Flowering in early Autumn, ‘Fuego’ is one of four brightly colored selections from the autumnale species.

Chrysanthemum ‘Brandywine Sunset’

With Fall Perennials

Both beautiful and nutritious for the bees

  • Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ (early fall)
  • Anemone ‘Honorine Jobert’ (early-mid fall)
  • Helianthus ‘Autumn Gold’ (mid-fall)
  • Chrysanthemum ‘Campfire Glow’ (late fall)
Amsonia hubrichtii

With Fall Perennials

Stunning color changes

  • Amsonia hubrichtii (golden yellow)
  • Ceratostigma plumbaginoides (scarlet with blue flowers)
  • Hydrangea ‘Ruby Slippers’ (crimson to red-velvet)
  • Sedum ‘Angelina’ (pumpkin orange)
Heucherella Sweet Tea

With Fall Perennials

Flourish in the cool nights of fall

  • Heucherella ‘Sweet Tea’ (coppery orange with red staining)
  • Hypericum ‘Brigadoon’ (yellow that intensifies to orange)
Calamagrostis Karl Foerster

With Fall Perennials

Plumes and colorful blades

  • Carex ‘Everglow’ (green flanked by orange stripes)
  • Calamagrostis ‘Karl Foerster’ (tall rooster plumes)
  • Andropogon ‘Blackhawks’ (turns purple to black)

at Creek Hill Nursery

  • ANDROPOGON ‘Blackhawks’
  • AMSONIA hubrichtii
  • ANEMONE ‘Honorine Jobert’
  • ANEMONE ‘September Charm’
  • ASTER ‘Wood’s Blue’
  • ASTER ‘Wood’s Purple’
  • CALAMAGROSTIS ‘Karl Foester’
  • CARYOPTERIS ‘Longwood Blue’
  • CAREX ‘EverColor Everglow’
  • CERATOSTIGMA plumbaginoides
  • CHRYSANTHEMUM ‘Brandywine Sunset’
  • CHRYSANTHEMUM ‘Campfire Glow’
  • CYCLAMEN hederafolium
  • CYCLAMEN coum
  • HELIANTHUS ‘Autumn Gold’
  • HELENIUM ‘Fuego’
  • HELENIUM ‘Salsa’
  • HELIOPSIS ‘Sunstruck’
  • HEUCHERA ‘Fire Chief’
  • HEUCHERA ‘Caramel’
  • HEUCHERELLA ‘Honey Rose’
  • HEUCHERELLA ‘Sweet Tea’
  • HYDRANGEA ‘Brigadoon’
  • NIPPONANTHEMUM nipponicum
  • PENNISETUM ‘Fireworks’
  • PENNISETUM rubrum
  • PERSICARIA polymorpha
  • UPRIGHT SEDUM ‘Autumn Joy’
  • UPRIGHT SEDUM ‘Autumn Charm’
  • TRICYRTIS ‘Sinonome’
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