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. Sensational!™ Lavender, Lavandula x intermedia Sensational!™ harvested in a baskest

    Sensational!™ Lavender is an improved, easy-to-grow variety that makes growing lavender accessible to more gardeners than ever! Silvery foliage is topped by large, dense purple flo...

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    Sensational!™ Lavender Sensational!™ Lavender Lavandula x intermedia Sensational!™
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    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Sensational!™ Lavender is an improved, easy-to-grow variety that makes growing lavender accessible to more gardeners than ever! Silvery foliage is topped by large, dense purple flower spikes. With a compact, dense habit and notable durability for sun, heat, and humidity, as well as cold tolerance, Sensational stands apart from many traditional Lavender varieties. A favorite of honeybees, these fragrant flowers will attract a wide range of pollinators. (Lavandula x intermedia)
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  2. Fashionably Early Flamingo Phlox, Phlox paniculata Fashionably Early Flamingo, photo courtesy of Walters Garden Inc.

    Enjoy the beauty of tall garden phlox up to three weeks earlier with Fashionably Early Flamingo Phlox. This native cultivar features fragrant orchid-purple flower clusters that attra...

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    Fashionably Early Flamingo Phlox Fashionably Early Flamingo Phlox PP#29911 Phlox paniculata Fashionably Early Flamingo PP#29911
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    Enjoy the beauty of tall garden phlox up to three weeks earlier with Fashionably Early Flamingo Phlox. This native cultivar features fragrant orchid-purple flower clusters that attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, and look beautiful in cut flower bouquets. Attractive deep green upright foliage is mildew resistant.
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  3. Natural Nectar Native Pre-Planned Garden

    The Natural Nectar Native Pre-Planned Garden will be buzzing with pollinators as butterflies, hummingbirds and native bees will pay frequent visits to the nectar-filled flowers. Thes...

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    Natural Nectar Native Pre-Planned Garden Natural Nectar Native Pre-Planned Garden
    $116.65 Sale $87.49
    Per Garden of 12 Plants
    The Natural Nectar Native Pre-Planned Garden will be buzzing with pollinators as butterflies, hummingbirds and native bees will pay frequent visits to the nectar-filled flowers. These low-maintenance native plants will burst with blooms from mid spring through fall. Garden of 12 plants, with care instructions and a planting map.
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  4. Orange Butterfly Weed With Monarch Butterfly, Asclepias tuberosa

    Butterfly Weed is the iconic, bright orange beauty that's a staple in every butterfly garden. This showy native wildflower is easy to grow, cold hardy, and does well in poor, dry soi...

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    Butterfly Weed Butterfly Weed Asclepias tuberosa
    As low as $7.99 Sale $5.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Butterfly Weed is the iconic, bright orange beauty that's a staple in every butterfly garden. This showy native wildflower is easy to grow, cold hardy, and does well in poor, dry soils. Long-lasting clusters of small, flat-topped flowers are crowned with a yellow, sun-kissed "corona" and bloom from June through August. Butterfly Weed is an important nectar source for Monarch butterflies and its leaves provide essential food for developing Monarch caterpillars - but expect to see a variety of pollinators making use of this plant. Please note the Bag of 3 are bareroots. (Asclepias tuberosa)
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  5. Blue Virginia Bluebells, Mertensia virginica

    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
    As low as $12.65 Sale $9.49
    Per Bag of 3
    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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  6. Long Blooming Lavender Collection

    The Long Blooming Lavender Collection includes 5 lavender plants that bring a graceful bouquet of aroma to sunny areas. Includes fragrant 'Munstead,' compact 'SuperBlue,' humidity-t...

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    Long Blooming Lavender Collection Long Blooming Lavender Collection Lavandula
    As low as $39.99 Sale $29.99
    Per Collection of 5
    The Long Blooming Lavender Collection includes 5 lavender plants that bring a graceful bouquet of aroma to sunny areas. Includes fragrant 'Munstead,' compact 'SuperBlue,' humidity-tolerant 'Phenomenal', intensely fragrant "Grosso', and pollinator attracting 'Hidcote.' All prefer fast-draining soils, so choose pots with bottom holes and allow plants to dry out between waterings. (Lavandula)
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  7. Black Eyed Susan Goldsturm, Rudbeckia with Monarch Butterfly

    'Goldsturm' Black Eyed Susan brings a burst of showy color to the full-sun garden. Golden yellow, daisy-like petals surround nectar-rich, brown center 'buttons' set atop deep green f...

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    Goldsturm Black Eyed Susan Black Eyed Susan Goldsturm Rudbeckia fulgida Goldsturm
    As low as $7.99 Sale $5.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Goldsturm' Black Eyed Susan brings a burst of showy color to the full-sun garden. Golden yellow, daisy-like petals surround nectar-rich, brown center 'buttons' set atop deep green foliage. Unbothered by most pests, poor soils, drought and humidity, 'Goldsturm' is easygoing and the perfect addition to flower arrangements and pollinator gardens. Deer resistant and long-lasting. (Rudbeckia fulgida)
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  8. Jacob Cline Bee Balm, Monarda didyma Jacob Cline with Hummingbird

    'Jacob Cline' Monarda is a colorfully vibrant, mildew-resistant variety of the cherished Bee Balm plant. Loved by both gardeners and hummingbirds, crimson red crown-shaped blooms app...

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    Jacob Cline Bee Balm Jacob Cline Bee Balm, Bergamot Monarda didyma Jacob Cline
    As low as $9.32 Sale $6.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Jacob Cline' Monarda is a colorfully vibrant, mildew-resistant variety of the cherished Bee Balm plant. Loved by both gardeners and hummingbirds, crimson red crown-shaped blooms appear on tall, herbaceous plants in mid summer. Its fragrant foliage and tolerance of pests, mildew and clay soils make 'Jacob Cline' a true favorite in the perennial bed. Deer resistant. (Monarda)
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