Five Fall Easy Blooming Plants

Fall comes early when you walk into nurseries and retail shops, it’s everywhere even when we’re enjoying the final beats of summer.  I use August as a month to clean up the summer garden and prepare spaces for a few new additions that welcome bright colors.  

I’m sharing five of my favorite blooming plants for fall because they welcome the butterflies and are super easy to care for.  You may even have some of them already growing in your garden.

  • Marigolds
  • Zinnias
  • Asters
  • Superbells also known as Calibrachoa
  • Lantana

The Easy Too Grow Marigold

The Marigold is a traditional classic; I plant by seed and sometimes purchase new plants when time gets the best of me.

This beauty is a dwarf French variety, blooming in shades of orange and yellow.  You can’t go wrong with marigolds; they’re perfect for planters and wide-open spaces in any flower bed.

Marigolds are annuals growing from spring – fall.  Seeds can be gathered from retired blooms to continue the life cycle season after season.  

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Amazing Zinnias

It’s no secret I LOVE zinnias – each year I seek new varieties while using seeds harvested from my own stash.

This year I planted just a few in the garden and I have a few more that are starting to pop for fall enjoyment.  Bringing them indoors for vase arrangements is the best and those fall colors are perfection.

Zinnias are easy to grow annuals from spring – fall.  Plant them right after that last frost and then plant a new batch the first part of August to enjoy until the freeze comes; if you live in colder climates that second planting may not be an option.

Zinnias love sunshine and they attract butterflies, to learn more about this beauty visit here.


Sweet Asters

Back in my flower shop days we use to get tall asters fall arrangements in single blooms; they offered something a little different and the customers liked them because they were long lasting.  Tall filler asters like the dwarf aster I’m sharing today is a welcome surprise because it broke through all those shades of orange.

Asters offer a unique color for fall instead of the traditional color scheme of orange, rust, brown and yellow.  They’re a perennial coming back each season and all you have to do is fertilize, water and enjoy.

You simply can’t go wrong with the aster; the dwarfs are great in planters and look amazing in flower beds.  For best results plant asters, directly in flower beds.

Who Doesn’t love Calibrachoa

Calibrachoa is something I use to call mini petunias because that’s what they look like without the sticky film.  They love sunshine; in cooler zones, they react as an annual.  In warmer climates, they’re like a perennial.

I just purchased this light yellow one, I’ve been on the hunt for a couple seasons and I’m thrilled to have it aboard.

To continue their life span I plant in containers and place in protected spaces over the winter and they do fantastic, to learn more visit here.

Butterflies Love Lantana

Who doesn’t love Lantana? This perennial has got to be the easiest flowering plant ever.  It’s so forgiving and simply a great way to incorporate fall colors. These two plants started out as 4-inch salvaged plants.  Now look at them, I feed llama tea twice a year and that’s it.

Be prepared they will die off after the fall freeze but don’t despair they’ll come back in the spring twice the size.

These are my five easy to grow blooming favorites for fall, each one is easy to care for and they add a glimpse of wonderful to enjoy before winter arrives.  What is your favorite fall bloomer?

Five Fall easy blooming plants



  1. Patti says:

    Hi Carole,

    These are all great choices. We usually see a lot of asters in home centers this time of year in PA. Lantana is gorgeous. I love the way it cascades in a pot, however, sadly it is not cold hardy here like it is in the south. I’ve seen huge bushes of it at the beach and other warmer climates. Marigolds and Super Bells are great container plants for me too, and as I’ve mentioned before, zinnias perform very well late into the fall here. We have a couple of October birthdays in my extended family and my sister-in-law always brings a big vase of zinnias to adorn the table. Every year I tell myself that I need to plant zinnias! Now that I have more sun I’m going to have to make a point of doing just that. Thanks for the reminder.

    1. Carole says:

      Hey Patti – yes you have to plant zinnias so make a note of that right now and visit Johnny’s selected seeds, they have some nice varieties. We’re blessed down south in that our growing seasons are longer and winters are light so many plants can be held over with a few tweaks. My Lantana though it always goes black after that first frost so I cut it back and like magic it blooms back every year. So many highs and lows in gardening but I seem to enjoy it all and finding even more joy in taking things to a new level.

  2. Jemma says:

    Good Morning Carole,

    I am ready for Fall and of course I am always ready to plant more flowers!
    Adding more beds this season and the garden shed will be getting started in a few weeks too.
    Your plants are looking mighty fine:)
    It’s a good day to be outside.

    1. Carole says:

      It kind of feels like fall today…. You have a lot of exciting things happening in your neck of the woods, I bet you’re excited to have new shed?
      My potted plants are antsy and the established plants continue to enjoy a good life where they are… Which is good because now days the focus is helping others garden..
      I’m trying to process installing 28 Startle Gardens – So many fun projects ahead…

  3. daisy says:

    So many lovely choices. And they go so well together. This array will certainly carry you right into autumn, and you will make the pollinators so happy!

  4. Jane says:

    Hi Carole, I was not thinking about Fall plants, but now…Lol! I will look for a few of these or something in pots to add a little color for fall. Love the idea of attracting butterflies


    1. Carole says:

      Butterflies are always a great thing to welcome because many times hummingbirds are not to far behind as they like similar plants.

  5. Linda S says:

    So pretty! I just love asters in the fall. I’m ready to switch over my pots on the front porch from summery to fall(ish). Thanks for the helpful ideas!

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