7 Fall Perennials That Will Give Your Cottage Garden the Wow Factor

Looking for fall garden ideas? I’ll share my 7 favorite fall perennial plants that will give your cottage garden the “WOW FACTOR”!

fall garden perennials

Perennial flowers are an important part of a fall garden.

  • They help to transition a garden from the summer months to fall.
  • They give pollinators an adequate food source after the summer flowers fade.

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sedum autumn joy

My Favorite Fall Perennials

Here are some of my favorite fall perennials in the garden right now.

Sedum Autumn Joy

Sedum “Autumn Joy” definitely lives up to its name during the autumn months. This perennial takes on several different looks throughout the year but is the most stunning in the fall.

sedum autumn joy


Flowers shift colors as they develop from buds to open blooms.

  • They start to produce green broccoli-like buds in mid-summer
  • Gradually open into dusty-pink flower heads
  • Flower clusters turn to a rose-red color in late summer to early fall
  • Turns to a bronze-red color
  • Foliage dies back in the cold winter regions but still provided much-needed interest

black-eyed Susans

Black-Eyed Susans

Black-eyed Susans give a much-needed pop of color to a late summer/early fall garden. These flowers don’t make it to the first frost but usually last through September and sometimes part of October in my garden.

fall garden perennials dahlias


It’s not a secret that dahlias are my very favorite perennial in the garden.

They take a while to finally produce a bloom or two, usually by the end of July, but are definitely worth the wait. These pretty perennials will continue producing until the first hard frost of the season and do such a beautiful job brightening up the fall garden.

fall garden perennials asters


These daisy-like flowers bloom in late summer and fall. Asters bloom in a rainbow of colors, including pinks, reds, whites, and purples. And late-season pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds love them.

fall garden perennials mums


Mums are the classic garden fall perennial with colors ranging from pastel to bright bold hues. For longer-lasting blooms, choose mums with flower buds that are just beginning to open.

To overwinter plants as perennials in colder zones, get the mums into the ground as early as possible in fall. Mulch well after the ground freezes.

fall garden perennials Japanese Anemone

Japanese Anemone

This perennial blooms in late summer until frost. The paper-like blooms are white or pink, with yellow stamens in the center. This beautiful flower also attracts butterflies.



The common name for this perennial actually comes from the appearance of the seeds, which look like little ticks. Tickseed is available as an annual or perennial, and there are hundreds of species, as well as many cultivated hybrids.

Tickseed attracts butterflies and bees and grows in late summer through fall.

coneflower and black-eyed Susans

What’s your favorite fall perennial? I hope you found some fall flowers on my list that will give your cottage garden the “Wow Factor”. I’d love to hear your comment.

Until next time,

Happy Gardening!


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  1. Kim, love all the fall recommendations. I am loving those Japanese Anemones. Those flowers will be added to my list to add into my perennial garden. Your gardens are amazing!

    1. Thank you, Tammy! I am really loving the Japanese Anemones and will have to look for more colors to add to the garden.

  2. Beautiful Kim we planted a few of these flowers last year and I’m loving the Sedum too. It’s so beautiful ?

  3. Your blog is very enjoyable to read with each posting. However the last flower looks like a coneflower. I am not familiar with it as a tickseed. I love coneflowers and the colors are so vibrant. Thank you for sharing your ideas.

    1. Thank you, Helen. I actually forgot to add the picture of the Tickseed and you have reminded me, so thank you! Yes, you are definitely looking at a coneflower.

  4. Kim I love each and every one of these flowers. I wish we lived closer so we could share our stock! I have Japanese anemones but its a different variety than yours. So pretty!

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