When folks think of fall colors, tree leaves are surely their first though. Not many folks realize that there are some perennials that put on a pretty good show at the end of the season also. So if you’re the kind of gardener that wants the most bang out of their herbaceous plants, here’s a list for you!
If you’re looking for grasses by autumn color – please see this post all about them.
Yellow Fall Color
Yellow is the most common color for fall foliage on perennials. In fact, the leaves of many perennials will turn yellow before they go dormant or disappear for the winter, however here are some tried and true yellows for fall.
Amsonia tabernamontana – Blue Star
Amsonia ciliata – Downy Blue Star
Amsonia hubrechtii – Arkansas Blue Star
Sensitive Fern – Onoclea sensibilis
Royal Fern – Osmunda regalis
Autumn Joy Stonecrop – Sedum
Balloon Flower – Platycodon
Hostas – I feel the variegated ones put on the best shows
Monkshood – Aconitum
Variegated Solomon’s Seal – Polygonatum odoratum var. pluriflorum
Red Fall Color
Red fall color tends to be the most brilliant color in the garden, it also tends to be the most variable, and not as reliable.
Purple wintercreeper – Euonymus fortunei ‘Coloratus’
Leadwort – Ceratostigma plumbaginoides
Beardtongue – Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’
Japanese Painted Fern – Athyrium nipponicum ‘Pictum’
Prairie Smoke – Geum triflorum
Peonies – Paeonia
Pigsqueak – Bergenia
Cardinal Flower – Lobelia cardinalis
Barrenwort – Epimedium
Gooseneck loosestrife – Lysimachia clethroides
Columbine – Aquilegia
Bloodred Geranium – Geranium sanguineum This lady is usually a sure bet for red foliage.
Orange Fall Color
Swamp Mlkweed – Asclepias incarnata
Blazing star – Liatris
Perennials That Mimic Fall Foliage Colors All Season:
There are many dark colored foliage plants being created in many different species. However, here’s some of the more well known ones.
Heuchera – Range from yellow to orange to red to purple (Coral Bells)
Heucherella – range in color from red to orange to yellow to purple (Foamy Bells)
Tiarella – range in color from purple to red to yellow (Foamflower)
Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl