There are many great fall blooming perennials but mums, or chrysanthemums, are by far the most popular. With their bright fall blossoms in yellow, orange and red hues they remind us of the falling leaves that are yet to come. Mums require little attention and will bloom for weeks. If they are in a planter or window box, they can be planted in the ground for the winter to bloom in the garden next year.
Some other great fall flowers are asters, Montauk daisies, sedum, ornamental grasses and fall anemones. These plants all add a unique element to the garden in that they all have very different shape and structure, which adds interest to your garden design. Fall asters, mums and sedum all benefit from early season pinching. This is a technique used to keep plants compact during the growing season. A good pinch keeps them from getting leggy and splitting when the blooms open later in the year. Just be careful not to pinch too late and remove the flower bud for the fall. Ornamental grass can stand all winter and be cut back early spring, adding winter interest to your garden.
Try mixing color foliage of heuchera and ferns with a liriope for a non- stop shade combo. Tuck in a mum that can change to a cabbage or kale later in the season. For a sunny spot, sedums and grasses work well together and are very drought tolerant. Just be sure to check your mums for water daily if you leave them in pots, especially in sunny weather, and you can enjoy them blooming for weeks!