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10 Best Plants for Stunning Autumn Color in Your Garden

by Gregory
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Plants for Amazing Autumn Color


When the days get shorter and the air gets cooler, many plants put on a spectacular show of color before winter arrives. Here are 10 of the best plants to add vibrant autumn hues to your garden.


  • Crab apple ‘Evereste’: Produces rosy fruit and yellow leaves in autumn.
  • Judas tree (Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’): Features purple heart-shaped leaves that turn yellow in fall.
  • Acers: Known for their stunning autumn foliage in shades of red, orange, and yellow.


  • Snowy mespilus: Coppery pink and pale yellow leaves turn scarlet and crimson in autumn.
  • Beauty berry (Callicarpa bodinieri var. giraldii ‘Profusion’): Produces clusters of purple berries and golden purple leaves in mid-autumn.
  • Cotoneaster: Displays red berries and tiny evergreen leaves in autumn.


  • Aster (Symphyotrichum ‘Little Carlow’): Produces vibrant purple flowers in late summer and autumn.
  • Autumn crocus (Colchicum ‘Waterlily’): Features pink-purple double flowers that bloom in September and October.
  • Nerine (Nerine bowdenii): Rewards you with a late display of lipstick-pink flowers outdoors in warm climates.

Other Plants

  • Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus henryana): Features delicate coppery leaves that turn crimson in autumn.
  • Sternbergia lutea: Produces bright yellow flowers in autumn and is native to the eastern Mediterranean.

Tips for Growing Plants for Autumn Color

  • Choose plants that are well-suited to your climate and soil conditions.
  • Plant in a sunny spot with good drainage.
  • Water regularly, especially during dry spells.
  • Fertilize in spring and summer to encourage healthy growth and flowering.
  • Deadhead spent flowers to promote continued blooming.

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