Three Not-So-Usual Flowers for Fall & Winter
Violas, cyclamen, and ornamental kale are typical recommendations for fall gardens. But what if you’re looking for a different, more unique look this fall? I’ve got three suggestions, and I invite you to share your favorite fall flowers in the comments. Together we should be able to make a pretty good list!
Calendulas look like ruffled daisies and provide a punch of color from late fall through spring in mild-winter climates. They’re also great as cut flowers because their flowers last a long time. Plants get to be about 12-18 inches tall and wide. They like full sun and prefer to dry out before watering again.
One of my favorite varieties is
‘Zeolight.’ It’s flowers change from bronzy orange petals and fade to a delicate light pink.
Hellebores add sparkle to the garden at a time of year when few other things are blooming. They have either downward or upward facing flowers, although the upward facing ones are becoming more popular. The flowers come double or single, and in a wide variety of sophisticated-looking colors. They take full shade or part sun and like fast-draining potting mix. Water regularly.
A grower I met at the Garden Writers Symposium told me that Europeans like giving hellebores as hostess gifts that can be planted in the garden after the plants are done blooming. Sounds wonderful to me.
Check out a variety called
‘Onyx Odyssey’ that has double black flowers. The flowers hold their deepest-purple color for three months or more. Stunning. Helenium–their less appetizing common name is ‘Sneezeweed’–look like sunset-colored coneflowers. Plants form an attractive clump that will be completely covered in flowers. And they’re great for forgetful gardeners because they won’t protest too much if you miss a watering or two and are fine without fertilizing.
Life on the Balcony Flowers & Seasons
Autumn is the season of the primary harvest. Autumn falls during September – November in the Northern hemisphere, and during September – November in the Southern hemisphere. Crops are harvested during Autumn. Beautiful leaves that change color are at their best.
Flowers Blooming in Autumn are:
Acashia, Allium, Alstromeria, Amaranthus, Anemone, Baby’s Breath, Bittersweet, Carnation, China berry, Chrysanthemum, Cockscomb, Cosmos, Echinops, Freesia, Gerbera Daisy, Gladiolus, Hypericum, Iris, Juniper, Kangaroo paw, Kalancheo, Liatrus, Lily, Asiatic, Lily, Gloriosa, Misty Blue, Orchid, Pepper berry, Protea, Queen Ann’s Lace, Quince, Rover, Roses, Rowen berry, Salvia, Solidago, Statice, Star of Bethlehem, Sunflower, Yarrow, Zinnia.
Winter is the season of cold weather. The season occurs during December – February in the Northern hemisphere. In the Southern hemisphere winter occurs during June – August.
The Flowers Blooming in Winter are:
Acashia, Alstromeria, Amaryllis, Carnation, Chrysanthemums, Cyclamen, Evergreens, Gerbera Daisy, Ginger, Helleborus, Holly berry, Lily, Asiatic Lily, Casa Blanca Lily, Narcissus, Orchid, Pansy, Pepperberry, Phlox, Protea, Queen Ann’s Lace, Roses, Star of Bethlehem, Statice.
The Flower Expert 10 best autumn flowers
Dahlias grow from an underground tuber, which makes for prolific growth through spring and summer then flowers in autumn. Dahlias flower in all colours, so carefully choose the colours that harmonise with the rest of your garden.
Salvias are generally easy to cultivate, growing quickly and flowering readily, so there’s not much waiting around for the performance to begin.
In the garden Echinacea attracts butterflies, bees and other insects to the garden and its flowers are also good for cutting.
Camellia. These gorgeous flowers signal the start of autumn and thrive in part shade. Grow camellias as a colourful hedge, feature plant or pot plant.
Hibiscus. If you can find a warm, sheltered spot these stunning blooms with their impressive petals make a lovely autumn flower.
Tibouchinas flower heavily in both spring and autumn, so choose a location in your garden that you use at that time of the year.
Double perennial Aster novi-belgii | These are plants that flower through summer and autumn then go dormant in winter when you should prune them back hard.
David Austin Rose | The peachy ‘Pat Austins’ are breathtaking and a real highlight, from David Austin Roses.
Gordonia | The flowers of the gordonia stand out against the dark evergreen leaves. They give double value when they bloom as the fallen flowers put on a show lying ‘butter’ side up in a circle around the plant.
Chrysanthemum | Chrysanthemums are great plants to choose for this time of year, providing bold splashes of colour in the garden in late summer and autumn.
Home Life Winter flowers
Hardenbergia | Known as the ‘happy wanderer’! Flowering native climber – plant in well drained soil and semi shade.
Bergenia | Plant under trees in shady locations. In sunnier areas – flowers dominate at the expense of foliage. Flowers grow in clusters on large stems and open in winter.
Echeveria flower | Suddenly these crazy succulents, which look more like large cabbages, have tall spikes of tubular flowers. The native wattlebirds and noisy miners are constant visitors searching out nectar. These plants suffer when the frosts arrive. Although many of their leaves become burnt by the frost, the plants recover in spring with some pruning.
Luculia | Can be temperamental and hard to establish, but once it settles in, it makes a superb shrub with generous trusses of slender-tubed, rosy pink flowers with the most powerful perfume.
Lavender | Water-wise in well drained areas – respond well to pruning and cope in exposed, sunny, open positions. Two good yearly prunings (after flowering) will maintain. Follow with a fertiliser, blood and bone, for quick re-growth.
Lily of the valley shrub Pieris japonica | Enjoys shady areas under trees in cooler areas of Australia. Keep mulched with fallen autumn leaves.
Winter rose Helleborus | Plant in soil enriched with compost and give light-dappled shade. Perfect under deciduous trees, winter sunshine will encourage more flowers and the summer canopy will protect from too much heat.
Fairy primose Primula obconica | Primose or better known Primula malacoides (fairy primose), plant in pots or in garden (Warning: capable of producing toxic reaction if eaten or touched).
Paper daisy Rhodanthe | Plant in well drained soils – several together for a fantastic display when flowering.
Daphne Sweet Daphne odora | Needs morning sun and protection from cold wind – moist, cool soil, well drained and slightly acidic. Susceptible to viruses – water with Yates Anti Rot.
Polyanthus | Plenty of sunshine – plant in pots or garden. Water with a seaweed solution to ensure a healthy plant.
Snowdrops and snowflakes Galanthus nivalis and Leucojum | Grow in shade. Perfect for balcony gardeners – they flourish in containers.
Woodland cyclamen Cyclamen hederifolium | The flowers are dormant throughout summer – they come alive in autumnal months.
Home Life 16 best plants for cool-season color
Cool-season flowers bring a splash of color to your garden right when you need it most.
Where freezes are infrequent, you can plant cheery pansies (pictured), snapdragons, English daisies, and more from early fall through late winter. They’ll overwinter, filling your borders, containers, and pocket gardens with months of flower power.
In cold climates, plants will die off in winter but can be planted again in spring.
Look for sturdy plants with good leaf color in six-packs and 4-inch containers. Click ahead for some of our favorite picks for the cool season.
Calendula officinalis) Candytuft (
English daisy ( Bellis perennis) Erica (heath)
Iceland poppy ( Papaver nudicaule) Nemesia
Winter jasmine ( Jasminum nudiflorum ) Viola