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What’s Blooming in My Pacific Northwest Fall Season Garden

It’s just about time to say goodbye to my gorgeous garden flowers now that November is here. Let’s tour my early to mid-fall season cut flower and cottage gardens and see what has been blooming here in the Pacific Northwest for the last couple of months.

I have to admit that the end of summer always hits me hard. It’s so sad to let the garden go after working on it for so long and enjoying its beauty day after day.

Early fall is such a significant time of year for transition. The garden beds were constantly changing from week to week. With that said, everything was still looking gorgeous in the early fall.

hydrangeas and bistro lights on walking path fall garden

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fall garden and greenhouse

As I write this, it is pouring down rain and we have a flood and wind advisory through tomorrow. The dahlias, which were one of the last flowers to stand, are being beaten down.

And if that’s not enough, we will reach below-freezing temperatures early next week, which is a bit early around here in the Seattle area.

I can’t wait to take you on a fall garden tour of my cottage garden from September through last week.


fall garden strawflowers

The cut flower garden still had quite a few blooms through September.

I love strawflowers (pictured above) and they look so beautiful in the fall garden. They’re great for taking inside and drying. These blooms stuck around until the rain last week but slowed down in production once October came along.

white cosmos in cut flower garden

Cosmos also had a long life in the cutting garden. I had to take them out a bit early to plant the spring-blooming bulbs in the raised beds.

zinnias in fall garden

Zinnias are the third cut flower that lasted through at least October. There was a great deal of mildew on the leaves toward the end.

tomatoes in the fall garden

It was a GREAT year for tomatoes in our garden. Two plants overtook the entire 4’x4′ raised bed surprisingly.

white picket fence with fall flower garden

Dahlias and marigolds that grew along the white picket fence through October gave my fall garden a much-needed bright pop of color.

fall cut flower garden and white picket fence

The marigolds were grown from seed and took quite a while to grow.

I don’t think they started blooming and getting taller until late August. But look at them at the end. They’ve been so beautiful in my fall floral arrangements.

fall garden greenhouse

purple dinnerplate dahlia in fall garden

Fall is also a great time to go to your local nursery and buy new perennials, not only for flower gardens but containers as well.

Other than dahlias, the perennial plants in the garden were slowing down going into October.

black-eyed Susans in fall garden

The black-eyed Susan plants were stunning in September and I was so sad to see them go once October came around.

These bright and beautiful blooms are what popped into my garden in August and September. When black-eyed Susans are blooming, it is most definitely the most gorgeous time in the garden.

Autumn is the best time for dahlias, asters, and sedum autumn joy to bloom. Above are two different varieties of asters.

And then there are my favorite summer and fall flowers…dahlias. Here are a few pictures just to show you why.

sedum autumn joy in fall garden

No fall garden tour is complete without gorgeous rose-colored sedum autumn joy perennials.

fall limelight hydrangea cuttings from the garden

Let’s talk about hydrangeas. They are a powerhouse from late spring until late fall.

These are limelight that are changing colors for the season.

There’s nothing better than to cut your fall hydrangeas and take them inside to dry.

I still have the most incredible dried hydrangeas that have been beautiful fall home decor pieces and will continue to show off stunning colors through winter.


fall garden vintage fountain with pumpkins and grasses

Autumn annuals are such a gift and bring the most beautiful fall colors to any garden.

I confess I made more than one visit to a couple of our local nurseries (garden centers). After taking all the spent summer annuals out of the ground it was time to add plants and flowers back into the garden to bring it to life again.

My favorite annuals for fall are…

  • ornamental cabbage and kale
  • ornamental grasses
  • mums
  • asters
  • pansies and violas

Be sure to water any new plants until the rain comes.


fall flower container

You don’t need to be a Master Gardener to create gorgeous flower beds and window boxes.

It’s a great idea to mix annuals and perennials in your fall container gardens. Annuals will give you a beautiful pop of color. Perennial plants will give your containers interest during every season.


fall greenhouse and garden

The fall garden tour continues with the garden area in front of the greenhouse. This is one of my favorite spaces and I spend a lot of time here.

It’s the space that I see from the kitchen so I try to always make it as interesting as possible.

In September, the black-eyed Susan perennials are in full force and brighten up the garden so gorgeously.

fall garden greenhouse

Here’s a very different view in the fall with asters, cabbages, and grasses.

fall greenhouse

I always love setting different colors and sizes of pumpkins down both sides of the pathway border. Cornstalks always transform the space so perfectly.


fall greenhouse pathway

Fall is the time of year when there aren’t as many flowers in the garden so you need some other fun yard art and other touches to wow your outdoor space.

fall scarecrow on vintage bike

Adding a scarecrow in the garden is a fun way to transition to the autumn season.

fall scarecrow in front of greenhouse
greenhouse and fall garden

We change our weather vane every October through Halloween.

witch weathervane

Isn’t this fall witch just the cutest? You can find one at Good Directions.


Halloween decorated greenhouse

I have never decorated for Halloween either inside or outside.

There are so many Instagrammers and bloggers who inspired me to try my hand at decorating the greenhouse and walkway.

You can see more pictures of my spooky greenhouse and path HERE.


fall garden and waterview

The gardening season is just about done but there are still certain things that will make a real difference in how your spring garden performs.

If you haven’t already, you can check out my favorite fall garden tips for preparing for winter.


geraniums in greenhouse

If you haven’t already done so, now is a good time to transplant your geraniums to the greenhouse for overwintering. This is one of the easiest ways to save money for next year.

golden dahlias in fall garden

These gorgeous blooms are late in the summer season to start but one of the last to leave the garden.

Most years my dahlias will last through October. Either a heavy rain or the first hard frost which will blacken the dahlias is the kiss of death.

mulching leaves with mower

A great way to ensure healthy soil is to mulch beds in the garden. Tuck your plants in for the winter and protect them during the colder months with a layer of mulch on top.

spring blooming bulbs in raised garden beds

An excellent time for planting spring-blooming bulbs is before any threat of a hard frost.


sunset and garden greenhouse

I hope you’ve enjoyed my Pacific Northwest fall garden tour and outdoor spaces. Did you pick up any ideas for your garden?

Remember that the tasks you do now will result in next spring’s garden appearance and performance.

If you have any questions or additional suggestions, feel free to share them in the comments below. And be sure to share this blog post link with anyone who may find these gardening tips useful.

Until next time,

Happy Gardening!

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  1. Gosh, your fall garden looks beautiful! Your gardens look beautiful in any season, though! I love the witch weather vane!! So cute!

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