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5 Late Summer Flowers To Bring Your Garden Into Fall

Plant these 5 late summer blooming flowers to bring your garden into fall with extended bloom times and beautiful fall color.

Before fall planting season begins, the garden tends to quiet down while the summer blooms fade. However, we can keep the garden blooming and gorgeous with these beautiful flowers that help the garden transition from summer to fall.

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Late Summer Blooming flowers in the cottage garden

5 Late Summer Blooming Flowers

Sedum Autumn Joy

I’m a huge fan of Sedum Autumn Joy. They are super easy to care for and propagate. And to me, they are a four season perennial.

Sedum Autumn Joy adds visual interest in spring while it grows, adds a chartreuse color and texture to the summer garden, starts to flower in late summer, and turns a gorgeous deep burgundy in fall.

And if you leave the seed heads up all winter, it adds interest when the snow sits on it. Not to mention, I love adding these seed heads in with my winter container designs.

late summer blooming flowers

Sedum Autumn Joy are great late blooming summer flowers

Late summer blooming flowers in the cottage garden

Joe Pye Weed

Much like Sedum Autumn Joy, Joe Pye is a great easy-care perennial for the garden. It adds a lot of color and interest while it grows and blooms spring into summer, the dried seed heads color the fall landscape with additional texture.

And if you leave those seed heads up in winter, the snow looks amazing on them!

Joe Pye Weed are great late summer blooming flowers

Summerific Hibiscus

Rose mallows are one of my new favorite late summer blooming flowers. I picked up a few from Walters Gardens this year and they were real show stoppers in the garden. Grown by Proven Winners, these 8-10″ blooms will pump up the garden with some gorgeous color and interest.

And the foliage is just as beautiful as the flowers!

Deer do love to browse so be sure to spray them with deer repellent.

Late Summer Blooming Flowers


Dahlias might be my new favorite flower. I avoided planting them through the years because they are a little more work than I cared to do while I was raising my family.

They need to be staked and in my hardiness zone 6a, they also need to be dug up before winter because they are tender.

But that said, dahlias make gorgeous cut flowers and look totally amazing in the garden! If you plan ahead, you can choose colors that will look good in summer and in fall.

Dahlias are a late summer blooming flower

Dahlias are a late blooming summer flower


There are SO many hydrangea varieties out there but right now, I am loving the limelights! They start blooming in summer and keep blooming through fall.

The gorgeous white blooms change to pink and they make beautiful cut flowers. And you can keep fresh cut hydrangeas from wilting with these simple tips.

Late Summer Flower Beds in Front of House

Limelight hydrangeas are great late blooming summer flowers

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    1. Thank you Danielle! Do you grow lots of succulents? I have a friend on IG who grows a lot of them and I love how she designs her containers!

  2. Your garden is so beautiful Stacy! I too love growing sedum autumn joy and dahlias in the garden. It’s such a great pick-me-up when other blooms are fading.

  3. Great set of fall flowers and they will help to beautify the garden during the fall season.
    Keep Sharing more on the maintenance of fall garden.
    Thank you.

  4. I’m always looking for ways to make my garden shine year round. I definitely need to add some dahlias! Thanks for sharing.