Spring and summer aren’t the only seasons with pretty flowers! Though the leaves are changing color and the temperatures are perfect for that sweater weather, autumn brings its own set of incredible, vibrant blossoms to brighten up your world.
This season, fill your garden and home with perennial favorites that are not just blooming all the time, but perfect for fresh bouquets, late-season color and interior décor. Just because we’re heading into winter, doesn’t mean we can’t keep the colors coming.
From jewel tones to deep purples and rusts, fall flowers can be hardy for your garden — just ask leading lady of floral design, Anjelica “Jelie” Hennessey of Freshly Made Chicago. With 12 years of experience in the flower business, Hennessey believes perennials are absolutely perfect for fall.
“They spruce up what has been dried out and sun faded by the long summers and best of all, they come back stronger every year,” she says.
If you’re looking to spice up your garden this year, Hennessey encourages adding a funky bunch of scented and vibrant florals to your mix. Although the season is brief, she finds it is one of the more creative ones.
Sweet Autumn Clematis
Perfect for creating a fullness and base color, Hennessey says this beautiful fragrant flower is eye-catching.
“Although this one can be quite invasive on a garden overall, if trained properly to a designated area, its small white blooms and green foliage are breathtaking,” she says.
Though a common household item and found in nearly every beauty product we love, Hennessey says this bloom is a unique looking one with its “bright yellow that stands out amongst autumn colors.”
Linear and beautiful blue, Hennessey encourages Womanistas to add this to your fall mix. “They stand tall in any garden,” she says.
If you want a similar shade to Monkshood, Lily Turf is your best bet as she reveals its stunning purplish blue hue stands out in the autumn mix.
Acquiring its name from the distinctive color and shape of a papery husk, which resembles Chinese or Japanese lanterns, Hennessey believes these are ideal for fall as there is nothing quite like them.
Red Hot Poker
Also known as the “Torch Lily,” Red Hot Pokers are easy to grow, drought and heat tolerant, and great for arid and semi-arid areas. Feeling both soft and rubbery, Hennessey puts it best as the quintessential “cool looking [flower] with its layers of tube-like petals.”
Looking literally like fireworks thanks to its golden-yellow flowers, arching gracefully downward, this easy to plant perennial thrives in any compost-enriched soil and appreciates regular moisture. While it might be a typical flower, Hennessey says it holds its own as it “adds a unique full look to your garden and is so strong.”
With airy spires of small, purple-blue flowers, this mint family member with semi-woody stems adds a haze of color to your garden, blending well with just about any other. Hennessey says it’s a flower that provides a great deal of fullness to your mix, thanks to its blue hues.
Featuring stunning red foliage with pink variegations, this shiny, cherry-red leafed flower offers non-fading color and turns a bright pumpkin-orange in the fall. Hennessey appreciates this perennial for its rubbery texture that looks amazing amongst switch and fountain grasses.