At the end of the summer, most annuals like Impatiens, Petunias, and Marigold are finished blooming. If you’d like to add a pop of color to your home or property, we have a list of the best options for you!


Pansies come in a multitude of almost neon colors. They are one of the most cold hardy annuals, and often re-emerge in the spring to bloom again for you! They are a target for deer, so make sure to protect them with netting or other means. They do well in full sun in well drained soil.

Chrysanthemums (“Mums”)

Mums are one of the most popular annuals to plant in the cooler fall temperatures. Their blooms cover every inch of the dome shaped plant in tones of yellow, red, orange, pink and mauve. They also tend to re-grow the following season for one more bloom show!

Ornamental Cabbage

Ornamental Cabbage and Kale are a super tough option to bring a taller, unique color and texture to your annual planting layout.

Bonus: Perennials and Shrubs with Fall Interest

Rose Creek Abelia

Rose Creek Abelia is one of the few shrubs that tend to bloom during the fall season. It has a semi-evergreen foliage as well that adds some interest throughout the winter. It grows to about 5 feet wide and 3-4 feet tall in a mound-like shape.

Autumn Joy Sedum

Autumn Joy Sedum is part of the succulent Sedum family, similar to Hens and Chicks. It is a sun loving perennial that reserves it’s rich burgundy show for late in the season. It grows to about 16 inches tall and 3 feet wide. If you have deer in your area, be aware that they can graze on Sedum.

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