The 15 Best Perennials for Fall Color

Red, orange, and yellow autumn flowers in bloom.

The end of summer doesn’t have to mean the end of color, texture, and interest in the garden. Here are 15 cool-weather perennials that can invigorate your landscape with vivid blossoms and foliage as the days start to grow shorter. Extend the growing season with your new autumn favorites, right here on Gardener’s Path.

How to Propagate Astilbe Flowers Through Division

Hot pink Astilbe flowers. Close up.

Do you have a backyard garden that has a great shady spot but you’re not sure what to fill it with? Meet the astilbe. Take a single plant, and with a little patience, you can propagate that parent into a family of transplants that will transform your shaded location into a colorful perennial oasis. Read more now.

Grow Cardinal Climber for Spring to Frost Color

A single red cardinal climber flower in bloom.

Cardinal climber is a tender annual vine with red trumpet-like blossoms and palm-like leaves. Give it room to sprawl across a fence or up a trellis for pops of intense color from summer to frost. Discover how this hybrid was created and learn all you need to know to grow it in your landscape, here on Gardener’s Path.

The Best 15 Late Summer Flowering Bulbs

Many maroon, red, yellow, orange, and white canna lily flowers with green leaves.

With the arrival of the dog days of summer, is your garden looking a bit blah? Bring a rainbow of late summer color to your beds and containers with the best flowering bulbs. With 15 top-performing favorites to choose from that are suited to a variety of growing conditions, this roundup is not to be missed. Read more.

The 15 Best Annuals for Late Summer Color

Celosia, salvia, petunia, marigold blooming in a later summer flower garden.

Annuals add gorgeous color, form, and fragrance to our gardens. But some finish blooming before summer’s over, or they can’t handle the heat. To make sure your beds, borders, and containers look good all summer long, choose from the top picks on our list for color that lasts. Read the roundup now on Gardener’s Path.

How to Grow and Care for Creeping Phlox

Creeping phlox is a low-maintenance, easygoing, low-growing perennial that provides perfect ground cover, with stunning flowers in shades of pink, purple, white, and blue. This plant is sure to quickly creep into your gardens – and into your heart! Read our growing guide now on Gardener’s Path to learn more.

The 19 Best Perennials for Late Summer Color

Garden color abounds in the cool of spring. Sadly, as the summer’s heat wears on, those colors can fade and disappear. But with a careful selection of perennials that bloom in late summer, you can enjoy a vibrantly colorful garden right until the frosts of fall. We share our favorites.

How to Harvest Sweet Pea Seeds

Pink sweet pea blossoms. Close up.

If you love colorful, fragrant sweet pea vines so much you’d like to have more of them in more parts of your garden, or if you’d like to share with your neighbors, check out this guide to saving sweet pea seeds on Gardener’s Path. You’ll learn which plants to harvest from, when to harvest, and how to store seeds.

How to Plant and Grow Blazing Star

When hot summer temps and high humidity strike, the native prairie wildflower Liatris spicata, or blazing star, puts on an excellent show. Tall plumes of feathery purple flowers welcome extreme summer conditions and shine when delicate greenhouse plants wither. Get all the details on this North American perennial now.