Plants for Fall Color

March 26, 2008
Plants for Fall Color (List)

Add an extra season of interest with fall-blooming flowers, colorful shrubs, and other plants that are at their best in the fall. Here are some Almanac picks for spectacular fall color.


Fall-blooming perennials often showcase the jewel tones of the season with beautiful reds, golds, and russets.

  • Sedum 'Autumn Joy'
  • S. 'Matrona'
  • Canadian burnet (Sanguisorba canadensis)
  • Blue monkshood (Aconitum carmichaelii)
  • Hardy chrysanthemum 'Venus'
  • Hardy chrysanthemum 'Sheffield'
  • Lycoris (Lycoris squamigera)
  • Boltonia asteroides 'Snowbank'
  • Black cohosh, snakeroot, or bugbane (Cimicifuga racemosa)
  • Bugbane 'Hillside Black Beauty'
  • Aster x frikartii 'Monch'
  • A. x frikartii 'Wunder von Stafa'

Ornamental Grasses

Add texture and form to your garden, especially in the fall when flowers may not be the focal point.

  • Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Hameln'
  • Miscanthus sinensis 'Silberfeder'
  • M. sinensis 'Purpurascens'
  • M. sinensis 'Morning Light'
  • M. sinensis 'Zebrinus'
  • Bouteloua gracilis 'Blue Grama'
  • Chasmanthium latifolium 'Wild Oats'


Vines are a wonderful way to add interest to your garden—they add height, depth, and personality.

  • Sweet autumn clematis (Clematis terniflora)
  • Clematis 'Ville de Lyons'
  • Clematis 'Henryii'
  • C. orientalis
  • Boston ivy (Parthenocissus tricuspidata)
  • Virginia creeper (P. quinquefolia)


Many shrubs are at their best in the fall with berries, fruit, and colorful leaves.

  • Enkianthus (Enkianthus campanulatus)
  • Arrowwood viburnum (Viburnum dentatum)
  • V. 'Chicago Lustre'
  • Linden viburnum (V. dilatatum)
  • Common witch-hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)
  • Enkianthus (H. mollis)
  • Virginia sweetspire (Itea virginica) 'Henry's Garnet'
  • Fothergilla gardenii 'Blue Mist'
  • Beauty berry (Callicarpa)
  • C. bodinieri 'Profusion'
  • C. japonica
  • Winterberry holly (Ilex verticillata) 'Winter Red'
  • Winterberry holly (I. verticillata) 'Red Sprite'
  • Winterberry holly (I. verticillata)
  • 'Winter Gold'
  • Winterberry holly (I. verticillata) 'Chrysocarpa'


In the right climate zones, the woody camellia shrub blooms beautiful flowers in cool weather.

  • Tea-oil camellia (Camellia oleifera)
  • C. oleifera 'Winter's Beauty'
  • C. oleifera 'Winter's Dream'
  • C. oleifera 'Winter's Sunset'

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I am wondering if there is

I am wondering if there is any interest in camellias (mostly japonica and sasanqua) even in northern climes? Granted, they do not survive much further north than norfolk, va but I live where they do incredibly well and am always so anxious to share what I know and see on a regular basis being a grower in South Carolina. We had an unbelievable crop this year in spite of the crazy weather which included days on end of freezing temps...unheard of here. I have many beautiful photos. Probably took 600 digital photos this season. Stunning. God is in the camellias!
I may start a blog. Email if you are interested.

I like camellias, too - they

I like camellias, too - they are so pretty, especially at the times of the year when everything else is so mom loves them too, and I have been looking for one for her birthday, with no luck...maybe it's not the right time of year to plant them.