Fall Colored Perennials

Oct 9, 2015

Watching the trees change color is one of the chief pleasures of fall, but few people consider what hardy perennials can add to scenery. An added benefit is that they are pretty easy to tuck in, where a tree may not fit.

On this edition of Talk of Iowa, Denny Shrock, Master Gardener Coordinator at Iowa State University, discusses some of his favorite suggestions and he provides an extensive list of beautiful October bloomers as well as perennials with outstanding fall foliage colors.

Host Charity Nebbe also speaks with Iowa State University Extension horticulturist Richard Jauron as he and Shrock answer listener questions.

Denny Shrock's list of perennial flowers for Fall color:

October Bloomers

Allium thunbergii ‘Ozawa’; Ozawa ornamental onion

Anemone hupehensis japonica; Japanese anemone, windflower

Calamintha nepeta; lesser calamint

Catananche caerulea; Cupid’s dart

Centranthus ruber; Red valerian, Jupiter’s beard

Ceratostigma plumbaginoides; plumbago

Coreopsis Big Bang ‘Red Shift’; tickseed

Dicentra ‘Luxuriant’; fringed bleeding heart

Gaillardia aristata; blanket flower

Geranium Rozanne ‘Gerwat’; cranesbill

Glandularia (Verbena) canadensis; rose verbena, rose mock vervain

Lavandula angustifolia; English lavender

Nepeta faassenii; catmint

Platycodon grandiflora ‘Scentimental Blue’; balloon flower

Salvia nemorosa ‘Pusztaflamme’ Plumosa; plumose sage

Scabiosa columbaria ‘Butterfly Blue’; pincushion flower

Sedum ‘Blue Pearl’; hardy stonecrop

Stokesia laevis ‘Peachies Pick’; Stokes aster

Tricyrtis hirta; Japanese toad lily

Zauschneria californica latifolia; Arizona wild fuchsia, California fuchsia, hardy hummingbird trumpet, willowherb

Perennials with Fall Foliage Color

Amsonia hubrichtii; Hubricht’s amsonia, bluestar, Arkansas amsonia

Bergenia cordifolia; pigsqueak, bergenia

Ceratostigma plumbaginoides; plumbago

Euphorbia polychroma; cushion spurge

Geranium wlassovianum; Wlassov’s cranesbill

Miscanthus ‘Purpurascens’; purple flame grass, eulalia grass

Monarda bradburiana; eastern beebalm

Mukdenia rossii ‘Karasuba’ Crimson Fans; mukdenia

Oenothera fruticosa ‘Fyrverkeri’ Fireworks; sundrops, narrowleaf evening primrose

Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’; beardtongue

Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’; Angelina stonecrop