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7 More Hardy Perennials to Plant in Fall

Hellebores
Hellebores

Hellebores, also called Lenten rose, keeps its foliage through fall. It will die back and emerge in late winter with lovely downturned blooms in soft pastels. Look for newer varieties with interesting foliage and blooms. Hellebore blooms will last through spring. Lenten rose is winter hardy in zones 5 to 9.

Heuchera
Heuchera

Heuchera, also called Coral Bell. Grow heuchera for bold foliage in harvest colors like rust, copper and deep purple. The wispy flower stems shoot up in spring and add movement to your garden. Most varieties are hardy in zones 5 to 9. With a blanket of mulch, they might make it in zone 4.

Hosta
Hosta

The number one perennial for shade, hosta holds up until first frost. It also plays well with the first two picks, heuchera and hellebore, in a shade garden. If voles are a problem with your hosta, try planting them in containers. Learn more about protecting your plants in a humane way.


More perennials for shade: astilbe, bleeding heart, lobelia (cardinal flower), pachysandra, Solomon’s Seal and tiarella (foamflower).

Ornamental Grasses
Ornamental Grasses

Ornamental grasses give color, texture and movement to the garden, especially in a mass planting. Pink Muhly grass (pictured above) is winter hardy to zone 7. Others, like switchgrass, maiden grass and zebra grass can handle zone 5 and colder. Whatever variety you plant, wait until early spring to trim them back. The spare grasses offer habitat for overwintering insects and pollinators.

Sedums
Sedums

Creeping sedums bring so much joy in the garden. Some can be unobtrusive, filling in with a splash of citrus in a container, for example. Sedum’s whimsical shapes and sometimes bright colors can be tiny surprises in a rock garden, too. Look for sedum tiles (sometimes called sedum pavers) in some Garden Centers. Grow these sheets of creeping sedum in ground or in containers, just be sure there’s enough drainage. Wet is the enemy of sedums.


Another great choice for sedum that holds its color through mild winters is Proven Winner’s Lemon Coral Sedum. Add it to containers or mass plantings in your flower bed.

Mums and Asters
Mums and Asters

Fall favorites, mums and asters are hardy in zones 5 to 9, handling cold down to -30 degrees Fahrenheit. Extend the life of the potted mums you buy for fall decorations by planting them in the garden at the end of the season.


Tip: There are florist mums and garden mums. The former are typically sold indoors, such as in florist shops, and garden mums are usually sold outdoors. If you have questions about the type of mum you have, read the plant tag for the cultivar name, planting instructions and cold hardiness. If there’s a named variety on the tag, you can look up the hardiness zone in The Garden Club plant finder.

Artichoke
Artichoke

Join the foodscaping revolution when you plant artichokes. The plants last about five years and grow to be a sizable shrub. Stunning thistle flowers will emerge in spring. In zones 9 to 11, you can plant artichokes in fall. Wait till spring in colder zones. You can spend the time creating a garden bed with light, fertile, well-drained soil. Help artichokes winter well when you add plenty of organic compost to the soil.


More sun-loving perennials for fall planting: Japanese anemone, false indigo (Baptisia), Arkansas bluestar (amsonia), phlox and daylilies.