15 Fall Flowers to Grow for a Gorgeous Garden Beyond Labor Day

Just think of the Thanksgiving centerpieces.

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Everybody thinks of spring and summer as flower season, but just because the temperature drops doesn't mean your garden has to call it quits for the rest of the year. If you plant the right seeds, you can keep your garden blooming well past Labor Day. Or, if you don't have much of a green thumb but do appreciate a gorgeous centerpiece during fall ('tis the season for hosting and celebrating, after all), then this guide of the best fall flowers will definitely come in handy. We've got you covered with everything you need to plant this season ahead. And when you're done learning about the best fall flowers, check out our favorite fall flower arrangements to start making your own.

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Balloon Flower

These blue bloomers also go by the name Chinese Bellflower, but the balloon moniker is right on the money. The buds will actually puff up until they pop open, revealing the beautiful bell-shaped flowers.

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Depending on where you live, this native wildflower can appear from late summer to early fall. "Bugbane" also purportedly repels annoying pests while still attracting butterflies.

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Sweet Alyssum

A fragrant and colorful plant, Sweet Alyssum can form a lush carpet in shades of white, purple or pink. You can also try it in hanging baskets or containers, letting the flowers dangle off the sides for that effortlessly undone look.

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Stick to the traditional fall color palette with the flame-like flowers of celosia. The sun-loving annual doesn't always produce plumes though. Other varieties, like cockscomb, develop a crest of curvy flowers.

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Michaelmas Daisy

Purple is officially in for fall, so go ahead and embrace these hardy asters. They actually bloom in response to the shortening days just like mums. Plant them together in complementary colors and your beds will really pop.

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These fast-growing shrubs look beautiful in every season, with lilac-like flowers in spring and bright purple berries that last into winter.

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Despite common belief, goldenrod does not cause allergies, but it can spread to unmanageable proportions. Try Grey Goldenrod or Zig-Zag Goldenrod for better-behaved plants.

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With white, pink or purple flowers, heathers carpet large areas with tons of color. The green, bronze and red foliage also add fun to wintertime.

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"Sneezeweed" doesn't actually make you sneeze. The nickname comes from its former use as snuff, but the tall flowers make for a great burst of red, orange, and yellow.

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With yellow petals and brown centers, "false sunflowers" copy their namesake to a T, but the perennials bloom year after year from midsummer into fall.

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Autumn varieties of "candytuft" bloom twice: once during the spring and again in the late fall. Plant the low perennial along a rock wall, and it'll flow over the side.

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Fall's most popular flower symbolizes optimism, joy and longevity. Well, except for the yellow variety ... that's associated with "slighted love."

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These popular annuals can withstand cool weather while providing a pop of color. New varieties like the ice pansy can even survive a light snow.

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Russian Sage

A member of the mint family, Russian sage produces tiny, purple flowers and silvery-green foliage from midsummer into fall, even in dry conditions.

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With thick, waxy leaves, "stonecrop" stands out from the average fall-bloomer. This plant will bring all the butterflies to the yard, thanks to its reddish-pink flowers.

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