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Best Hardy Perennials to Plant Now

7 Best Perennials to Consider Planting in Fall
7 Hardy Perennials to Plant and Enjoy Now

Fall is huge for decorating your outdoor space, and that includes plants and flowers. Bring bursts of orange, yellow and red, along with contrasting purple and white, to your area.


Consider mixing hardy perennials with annuals, too. The above photo features gaillardia, coreopsis, gaura, echinacea, and salvia with lobelia, which often grows as an annual.


Plant blooms in the sun, fertilize and add mulch, and watch the return of color and texture in your garden year after year.

Coneflower
Coneflower

Also called echinacea, these beauties need very little to thrive. Just plant where they will get six or more hours of sun and mulch to keep them moist during dry periods. Another plus: Coneflower forms clumps that can be divided after a few years. Look for fall flowers in yellow or warm up your garden with red or orange.


Plant coneflower in fall and you’ll surely see birds nipping at their nectar. Leave the dried seed heads after frost so birds can feed on them through winter.

Salvia
Salvia

The purple-blue plumes of perennial salvia look striking in any garden. Look for ‘Hot Trumpets,’ a red-growing variety with a cedar scent.


Aim for salvias that carry the perennial tag in your local The Home Depot Garden Center because many come in annual varieties, too. Plant in part sun to light shade.

Gaillardia
Gaillardia

Looking for sizzle in your garden this fall? Consider Gaillardia or the blanket flower, as it’s commonly known. They’re so low-maintenance that few diseases or pests ever bother them.


This hardy perennial is daisy-like in appearance and boasts a long blooming season. Deer seldom nibble on gaillardia. Plant in full sun.

Coreopsis
Coreopsis

This drought-friendly perennial brings pretty blooms and wispy foliage. Coreopsis grows well almost anywhere, including in the hellstrip, or the space between the sidewalk and the street. Plant in full sun.

Gaura
Gaura

Plant gaura and watch butterflies flock to your garden. Just snip away spent blooms to encourage new waves.


Gaura, including ‘Sparkle White’ above, will bring lots of dimension to your garden. It’s hardy in zones 5 to 9, and though you can plant in full sun, it can stand part shade.

Rudbeckia
Rudbeckia

Known commonly as black-eyed Susan, rudbeckia is one of those reliable flowers that you’ll want growing in your garden.


In the fall, look for the ‘Denver Daisy’ variety with its yellow and deep scarlet petals, as shown. It looks like a sunflower but it’s not. Once the flowers mature, they’re deer-resistant. Plant in full sun.

Sedum
Sedum

Sedum is one of those easy-going perennials that you could step on and it will still grow back. Look for stonecrop ‘Autumn Joy’ in fall. Another plus: It easily separates and transplants.


Plant sedum and watch it take off in your garden. Plant in sun to part shade.