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. Wild Red Columbine, Eastern Red Columbine, Aquilegia canadensis Little Lanterns

    ‚Little Lanterns‚ Columbine is a famous native wildflower, growing along woodland edges from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. Brilliantly colorful with nodding, trumpet-shap...

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    Little Lanterns Columbine Little Lanterns Columbine Aquilegia canadensis Little Lanterns
    As low as $11.98 Sale $8.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Little Lanterns' Columbine is a famous native wildflower, growing along woodland edges from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. Brilliantly colorful with nodding, trumpet-shaped crimson and yellow flowers, this short and showy variety is a favorite of hummingbirds. 'Little Lanterns' shares its blooms from early spring to mid summer. (Aquilegia canadensis)
  2. White Wild Indigo, White False Indigo, Baptisia alba

    White Baptisia is a native perennial prized for its magnificent floral display. Spikes of white, sweet pea-shaped flowers line sturdy purple stems that rise above blue-green foliage ...

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    White Baptisia White Wild Indigo, White False Indigo Baptisia alba
    As low as $15.99 Sale $11.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    White Baptisia is a native perennial prized for its magnificent floral display. Spikes of white, sweet pea-shaped flowers line sturdy purple stems that rise above blue-green foliage from late spring to early summer, followed by showy seed pods. Flowers attract bees and butterflies to the garden or meadow, and can be used as cut flowers. (Baptisia alba)
  3. Buttonbush, Cephalanthus occidentalis

    Buttonbush is a native shrub with extraordinary versatility and pollinator appeal. Plants produce eye-catching, fuzzy-looking spherical flower heads in late spring, attracting butter...

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    Buttonbush Buttonbush Cephalanthus occidentalis
    As low as $15.99 Sale $11.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Buttonbush is a native shrub with extraordinary versatility and pollinator appeal. Plants produce eye-catching, fuzzy-looking spherical flower heads in late spring, attracting butterflies, bees, and the occasional hummingbird all summer. Round red fruits follow, attracting birds and providing fall and winter interest. Plants grow well in any soil type, and tolerate poor drainage and standing water, making them an ideal choice for water features, rain gardens, and boggy soil. (Cephalanthus occidentalis)
  4. Blunt Mountain Mint, Pycnanthemum muticum

    Blunt Mountain Mint is a distinctive native wildflower that simply buzzes with life. Bees, butterflies, and other pollinators cover the small, white, nectar-rich flowers from mid to ...

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    Blunt Mountain Mint Blunt Mountain Mint Pycnanthemum muticum
    As low as $15.99 Sale $11.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Blunt Mountain Mint is a distinctive native wildflower that simply buzzes with life. Bees, butterflies, and other pollinators cover the small, white, nectar-rich flowers from mid to late summer. Blooms form in button-like clusters, surrounded by silver bracts that give plants a frosted appearance. Foliage smells strongly of spearmint, with the added benefit of being unpalatable to deer and rabbits. This resilient perennial can tolerate heat and humidity and naturalizes easily. (Pycnanthemum muticum)
  5. Wild Geranium, Geranium maculatum

    Wild Geranium is our showiest native geranium, with large lavender-pink blooms. Its‚ gorgeous, sculpted foliage appears early in the season and graces the garden all season lon...

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    Wild Geranium Wild Geranium Geranium maculatum
    As low as $15.99 Sale $11.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Wild Geranium is our showiest native geranium, with large lavender-pink blooms. Its' gorgeous, sculpted foliage appears early in the season and graces the garden all season long, with an attractive mounding habit that makes an ideal groundcover. This woodland wildflower blooms for several weeks early to mid-spring, supporting pollinators – especially native bees. Wild Geranium is perfect for naturalizing in shady gardens. (Geranium maculatum)
  6. Northern Sea Oats, River Oats, Chasmanthium latifolium

    Northern Sea Oats is a one-of-a-kind native grass with upright, bamboo-like foliage and flattened seed heads that dangle from arched stems. Seed heads attract songbirds, provide wint...

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    Northern Sea Oats Northern Sea Oats, River Oats Chasmanthium latifolium
    As low as $15.99 Sale $11.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Northern Sea Oats is a one-of-a-kind native grass with upright, bamboo-like foliage and flattened seed heads that dangle from arched stems. Seed heads attract songbirds, provide winter interest, and add texture to dried flower arrangements. Bright green foliage provides butterfly habitat, and turns to copper and brown as the seasons change. Northern Sea Oats are highly adaptable, easy to grow, and will naturalize and spread over time. (Chasmanthium latifolium)
  7. Fireflies Forever Native Plant Collection

    Create an enchanting summer garden with our Fireflies Forever Native Plant Collection. To enjoy the warm glow of blinking fireflies on a summer night, grow the meadow-style habitat o...

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    Fireflies Forever Native Plant Collection Fireflies Forever Native Plant Collection
    $79.99 Sale $59.99
    Per Collection of 6
    Create an enchanting summer garden with our Fireflies Forever Native Plant Collection. To enjoy the warm glow of blinking fireflies on a summer night, grow the meadow-style habitat of native plants that they need to thrive. Attractive shrubs, grasses, and wildflowers will naturalize and spread, adding to your habitat each year. In addition to fireflies, this low-maintenance collection attracts birds, hummingbirds, and butterflies. These plants are suitable for a rain garden and wet soils. Collection of 6 plants.
  8. Bird Watcher Native Pre-Planned Garden

    Songbirds need our help, and our Bird Watcher Native Pre-Planned Garden is a great way to create habitat for flying friends. Habitat loss has led to a significant population decline ...

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    Bird Watcher Native Pre-Planned Garden Bird Watcher Native Pre-Planned Garden
    $133.32 Sale $99.99
    Per Garden of 12 Plants
    Songbirds need our help, and our Bird Watcher Native Pre-Planned Garden is a great way to create habitat for flying friends. Habitat loss has led to a significant population decline of birds and pollinators in North America, and native plants are essential for their survival. This garden features native wildflowers, shrubs, and grasses for attractive layers of color and texture, year-round beauty, and enriching habitat. Plant and enjoy the sights and sounds of songbirds in your yard. Garden of 12 plants.
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