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. Phenomenal Lavender, Lavandula x intermedia

    Phenomenal Lavender has it all: exceptionally tolerant of both high heat and harsh winter, this easy-to-grow lavender even shows resistance to the effects of humidity. Highly fragran...

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    Phenomenal® Lavender Lavender Phenomenal® PP#24193 Lavandula x intermedia Phenomenal PP#24193
    As low as $13.98 Sale $6.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Phenomenal Lavender has it all: exceptionally tolerant of both high heat and harsh winter, this easy-to-grow lavender even shows resistance to the effects of humidity. Highly fragrant with concentrated essential oils, Phenomenal's spikes of purple-blue flowers attract butterflies and bees to the garden. Edible, deer-resistant and fast-growing, this silver-leafed lavender has left all other new introductions in the dust! (Lavandula x intermedia) PP#24193
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  2. Pink Echinacea Magnus, Echinacea purpurea, Coneflower

    'Magnus' Coneflower has vibrant pink, ray-like flowers that surround deep-orange center cones, attracting plentiful pollinators to the garden throughout the summer. Leaving the spent...

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    Magnus Echinacea Purple Coneflower Magnus Echinacea purpurea Magnus
    As low as $9.98 Sale $4.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Magnus' Coneflower has vibrant pink, ray-like flowers that surround deep-orange center cones, attracting plentiful pollinators to the garden throughout the summer. Leaving the spent stems and flowerheads in place to overwinter will also attract birds. Coneflowers are notably tough native plants and 'Magnus' is no exception, withstanding drought, clay, humidity and harsh winter conditions without complaint. Easy to grow, this plant is a great choice for beginner and experienced gardeners alike. (Echinacea purpurea)
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  3. Mini Pollinator Pit Stop Plant Collection

    Give bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds what they need with our Mini Pollinator Pit Stop Plant Collection. Compact varieties of Butterfly Weed, Bee Balm, and Salvia are ideal for...

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    Mini Pollinator Pit Stop Plant Collection Mini Pollinator Pit Stop Plant Collection
    $39.98 Sale $19.99
    Per Collection of 3
    Give bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds what they need with our Mini Pollinator Pit Stop Plant Collection. Compact varieties of Butterfly Weed, Bee Balm, and Salvia are ideal for small-space gardens and patio planters, supplying a consistent supply of nectar. A mix of popular, easy-to-grow perennials, these showy pollinator plants will delight with bright colors for years to come. Collection of 3 plants.
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  4. Black Eyed Susan Goldsturm, Rudbeckia in bloom in perennial garden

    '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 $9.98 Sale $4.99
    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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  5. 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 $14.98 Sale $7.49
    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. (Asclepias tuberosa)
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  6. Lamium Orchid Frost, Lamium maculatum, Dead Nettle

    Orchid Frost makes a great groundcover for shade with variegated leaves and orchid-pink bloom. Only 8 inches tall. PP#11122 (Lamium maculatum)...

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    Orchid Frost Lamium Orchid Frost Dead Nettle PP#11122 Lamium maculatum Orchid Frost PP#11122
    As low as $9.98 Sale $4.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Orchid Frost makes a great groundcover for shade with variegated leaves and orchid-pink bloom. Only 8 inches tall. PP#11122 (Lamium maculatum)
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  7. Anise Hyssop Mango Tango, Agastache Mango Tango, close up of peach-pink flowers, photo courtesy of Walter's Garden

    As vivid as a summer sunset, luminescent 'Mango Tango' Hyssop features peach-pink flower spires accented by rose-colored calyxes in a tidy, compact form. Perfect for planters and ga...

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    Mango Tango Hyssop Mango Tango Hyssop PP#28747 Agastache Mango Tango PP#28747
    $13.98 Sale $6.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    As vivid as a summer sunset, luminescent 'Mango Tango' Hyssop features peach-pink flower spires accented by rose-colored calyxes in a tidy, compact form. Perfect for planters and gardens where you can brush by the fragrant foliage and watch nectar-rich blooms draw butterflies from mid-summer until fall. This drought-tolerant plant is ideal for rock gardens, xeriscaping, and sun-drenched sites with well-drained soil. (Agastache)
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  8. Catmint Walkers Low, Nepeta faassenii

    'Walker's Low' Catmint is known for its easy going nature - it can thrive in a variety of soil and sunlight scenarios, though it does prefer things on the sunny, dry side. Beautiful ...

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    Walker's Low Nepeta Walker's Low Catmint Nepeta faassenii Walker's Low
    As low as $9.98 Sale $4.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Walker's Low' Catmint is known for its easy going nature - it can thrive in a variety of soil and sunlight scenarios, though it does prefer things on the sunny, dry side. Beautiful purple flower spikes appear in early summer and continue to bloom and release their sweet fragrance for up to 3 months. Very showy and very low maintenance, 'Walker's Low' is a great choice for planting in swaths, lining walkways, or adding to pollinator gardens. Deer resistant. (Nepeta faassenii)
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