With Autumn right around the corner, these fall flowers might inspire you to plant a few in your backyard garden or home.

As summer comes to a close, we watch the leaves turn, enjoy baked goods, and partake in fun autumn activities. Unfortunately this time also means that many gardens are losing all of their bright bold colors and preparing to hibernate for the coming winter.

This is a sad time for many, but if you planned ahead you might be enjoying some of the late-bloomers of the year.

If you would like to prepare your garden for next year, we have compiled a list of plants that bloom in late summer and remain stunning well into the fall.

Many of these plants are hardy, easy to grow and maintain, and come in a variety of bright colors to keep your yard lively even as the weather starts to turn. Take a look at these gorgeous flowers and get a jump on your garden plans so that you can enjoy a riot of color in your garden throughout the seasons.

1. Fall Crocus

crocus

In the same genus of the Colchicum, the fall crocus is just as easy to maintain but comes in a wider variety of colors. They bloom quickly, lasting for only two or three weeks, and then lie dormant until spring when several large leaves will appear and remain until early summer. The flowers will bloom again in September.

2. Helenium

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Velvety, flame-colored heleniums add a burst of warm color to a late summer garden. The grow tall and have daisy-like blooms surrounding the soft center. They come in shades of orange, red, gold, and mahogany and bloom into the fall. They do well in sunny areas with moist but well-drained soil.

3. Japanese Anemone

japanese anemon

Fall anemones add color to woodland gardens from late summer to late fall in shades of pink and white. These Asian natives bear large, cup-shaped blossoms on graceful stems that sway above clumps of dark green, maple-like leaves. All anemones are poisonous if ingested, so they will be left alone by animals.

4. Aster

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Aster is the Latin term for “star” and the name fits the spiky petaled head of the Aster plant. Aster plants should be planted in the spring and will bloom during the summer and into the late fall. The blooms come in several different colors and are known to attract several different species of butterflies.

5. Anise Hyssop

anise hyssop

Anise Hyssop is a simple herb to grow. The leaves resemble catnip leaves but are larger and the lavender-blue flowers taste and smell like anise (licorice) hence the name, even through the plant belongs to the mint family. They bloom from June to September.

6. Colchicum

colchicum

Known as the “autumn crocus,” this gorgeous flower is a low maintenance plant that blooms in the fall. Grown from a bulb, they come in vibrant pink and white, but be wary: all parts of the plant are poisonous — so be sure to keep it away from children who might be tempted to eat its candy-color blooms. Because it’s poisonous, however, it’s typically ignored by animals so you don’t have to worry about these being eaten.