10 Of Our Favorite New Perennials For Fall Planting

by Amanda

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Penstemon digitalis is a pollinator magnet.

Here at American Meadows, many of us are already sketching, planning and organizing our thoughts around the excitement of fall planting. Part of that fun includes the anticipation that builds knowing that our garden experts will soon reveal their selections of the new and unique perennials they've scouted for this season.

Are you ready? Here it is, our short list of inspiring, new perennials, perfect for planting this fall!

1. PENSTEMON DIGITALIS

Penstemon digitalis is a beautiful plant that produces white blossoms from sturdy stalks, reaching up to 5’ in height. The tubular-shaped flowers are excellent for feeding both hummingbirds and bees. Penstemon prefers well-drained loam and sandy soils; however, it will tolerate clay. Blooms in late spring to mid summer.

Advantages: Attracts Bees, Native, Deer Resistant, Great Cut Flowers

Height: 24-60" Tall

Hardiness Zone: 3-8

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2. DAYLILY DARING DECEPTION

With slightly ruffled petals and dramatic light pink-burgundy blooms, Daring Deception is a must-have for any Daylily lover. Mature plants produce up to 500 blooms. This fantastic re-blooming variety flowers all summer long and attracts butterflies to your garden.

Advantages: Attracts Butterflies and Hummingbirds, Easy to Grow, Multiplies

Height: 18-24" Tall

Hardiness Zone: 4-9

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3. Echinacea Double Scoop Orangeberry

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Ignite your summer garden with this fiery Echinacea. Large, double blooms are butterfly magnets and add bold color to any sunny garden. Deadhead spent blooms to prolong bloom time.

Advantages: Deer Resistant, Attracts Birds, Butterflies & Bees, Fragrant, Native, Easy To Grow, Great Cut Flowers

Height: 24-30" Tall

Hardiness Zone: 4-8

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4. HELENIUM DOUBLE TROUBLE

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Also known as Sneezeweed, this Helenium Double Trouble has pure bright yellow, double flowers with golden eyes and deep green foliage. Blooms mid-summer to early fall. Great for adding texture to your garden or along borders. Will attract butterflies and is rabbit resistant.

Advantages: Deer Resistant, Great Cut Flowers

Height: 24-36" Tall

Hardiness Zone: 4-8

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5. ASTILBE SILVERY PINK

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Astilbe Silvery Pink is a shorter, more compact variety of Astilbe. Growing to be only 12-18” tall, it's a great option for container gardening or placing along a shady border.

Advantages: Great For Containers, Easy To Grow, Deer Resistant, Thrives In Shade, Gorgeous Cut Flowers

Height: 12-18" Tall

Hardiness Zone: 3-9

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6. CORAL BELLS CASSIS

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Coral Bells Cassis' pink blooms shine against dark eggplant-purple foliage. Its small, mounding habit makes this plant a great choice for borders in any spot that enjoys part to full sun. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds, makes excellent cut flowers and works well in smaller garden spaces.

Advantages: Deer Resistant, Easy To Grow, Great For Containers, Evergreen, Attracts Hummingbirds, Great Cut Flowers, Native

Height: 8-12" Tall

Hardiness Zone: 3-9

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7. COREOPSIS CRÈME BRULEE

This Tickseed will delight in any sunny area of the garden with large, soft yellow blooms and delicate threadleaf foliage. At only 20" tall, it's perfect for a border or container garden.

Advantages: Deer Resistant, Attracts Birds, Butterflies & Bees, Easy To Grow, Native, Great Cut Flowers

Height: 18-20" Tall

Hardiness Zone: 4-9

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8. ASTER NOVAE ANGLIAE

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Aster novae-angliae is also known has New England Aster, a native known for reliably feeding both bees and monarch butterflies. Large, showy purple blooms last from late summer till frost. Grows up to 6 feet tall.

Advantages: Deer Resistant, Attracts Birds, Butterflies & Bees, Easy To Grow, Native, Great Cut Flowers

Height: 48-72" Tall

Hardiness Zone: 3-8

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9. BUTTERFLY BUSH HARLEQUIN

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Harlequin Butterfly Bush produces fragrant, beautiful purple flowers and has an unusual variegated leaf. Attracting butterflies, hummingbirds and birds, this deciduous plant reaches heights of 48” – 72”, making it perfect for the back of gardens. Once established, butterfly bushes are drought tolerant. They are deer resistance and great for woodland gardens.

Advantages: Deer Resistant, Attracts Birds & Butterflies, Great Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Extended Blooms

Height: 48-72" Tall

Hardiness Zone: 6-9

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10. LILAC MISS KIM

Extend your Lilac season with this easy-to-grow variety. Miss Kim blooms later than other Lilacs and ignites the senses with an abundance of highly-fragrant, lavender blooms.

Advantages: Deer Resistant, Fragrant, Great For Hedges/Screen, Attracts Birds, Great Cut Flowers

Height: 48-108" Tall

Hardiness Zone: 3-8

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  1. White Nancy Lamium

    White Nancy is a mat forming flowering groundcover for shady areas. Use with hostas and other shade lovers. (Lamium maculatum)...

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    White Nancy Lamium White Nancy Dead Nettle Lamium maculatum White Nancy
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    White Nancy is a mat forming flowering groundcover for shady areas. Use with hostas and other shade lovers. (Lamium maculatum)
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  2. White Trillium

    White Trillium opens exquisite white blooms up to 5” across in mid-spring. Flowers fade to a pretty pale pink. This woodland wildflower requires patience but is well worth the wa...

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    White Trillium White Wake Robin, Wood Lily Trillium grandiflorum
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    White Trillium opens exquisite white blooms up to 5” across in mid-spring. Flowers fade to a pretty pale pink. This woodland wildflower requires patience but is well worth the wait. Seeds produced by the plants and underground roots and will spread slowly into drifts of trillium that look like a white blanket covering the ground. (Trillium grandiflorum)
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  3. Virginia Bluebells

    Virginia Bluebell’s gorgeous flowers start out as lovely, pastel pink buds and open up into vivid, true blue blooms. A perfect addition to part and full-shade woodland gardens, pla...

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    Virginia Bluebells Virginia Bluebells Mertensia virginica
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    Virginia Bluebell’s gorgeous flowers start out as lovely, pastel pink buds and open up into vivid, true blue blooms. A perfect addition to part and full-shade woodland gardens, plant Virginia Bluebells to see early spring blooms and frequent visits from pollinators. This native plant increases in size each year and will form a beautiful colony over time with almost no care from the gardener. (Mertensia virginica)
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  4. Hepatica

    One of springs earliest woodland wildflowers, and always considered one of the most beautiful, native Hepatica is quite common in eastern forests. The blooms vary dramatically in col...

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    Hepatica Hepatica, Liverwort Hepatica acutiloba
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    One of springs earliest woodland wildflowers, and always considered one of the most beautiful, native Hepatica is quite common in eastern forests. The blooms vary dramatically in color, and range from white to lavender to (rarely) pink. Growing from 4 to 6" in height, lovely Hepatcia will spread and naturalize over time in most soils with dappled sunlight. (Hepatica acutiloba)
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  5. Bloodroot

    Bloodroot’s unique, cigar-shaped leaves slowly unfurl and open into large, water lily-like foliage. Bearing pristine white flowers with golden-yellow centers, Bloodroot illuminates...

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    Bloodroot Bloodroot Sanguinaria canadensis
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    Bloodroot’s unique, cigar-shaped leaves slowly unfurl and open into large, water lily-like foliage. Bearing pristine white flowers with golden-yellow centers, Bloodroot illuminates the garden floor with breathtaking springtime beauty. Happiest with partial shade and moist soils, Bloodroot gets its name from the crimson sap that flows through its roots and stems. (Sanguinaria canadensis)
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  6. Creeping Thyme, Thymus praecox Coccineus with Lavender

    Creeping Thyme Coccineus is one of the very best flowering groundcovers. 1 to 3 inches tall in sun or partial shade. (Thymus praecox)...

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    Creeping Thyme Coccineus Creeping Thyme Thymus praecox
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    Creeping Thyme Coccineus is one of the very best flowering groundcovers. 1 to 3 inches tall in sun or partial shade. (Thymus praecox)
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  7. May Night Salvia

    May Night is the top signature Salvia, with famous deep blue/purple blooms. A big favorite. Perennial plant of the year in 1997. (Salvia nemorosa)...

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    May Night Salvia Meadow Sage May Night Salvia nemorosa May Night
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    May Night is the top signature Salvia, with famous deep blue/purple blooms. A big favorite. Perennial plant of the year in 1997. (Salvia nemorosa)
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  8. Emerald Pink Creeping Phlox

    'Emerald Pink' Creeping Phlox is famous for its blazing pink blooms and evergreen foliage that work together beautifully as a groundcover or colorful landscape accent. Allowed to spi...

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    Emerald Pink Creeping Phlox Emerald Pink Creeping Phlox Phlox subulata Emerald Pink
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    'Emerald Pink' Creeping Phlox is famous for its blazing pink blooms and evergreen foliage that work together beautifully as a groundcover or colorful landscape accent. Allowed to spill and trail over walls, slopes, and container egdes, low-growing 'Emerald Pink' will bring the garden to life while cleverly hiding any trouble spots. Drought-tolerant, deer resistant and extremely easy to grow. (Phlox subulata)
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