Colorful Flowers for Autumn Gardens in New Jersey

Fall is officially upon us in New Jersey, and it’s time to think about colorful flowers for autumn. So many summer flowers are starting to lose their bloom. But that doesn’t mean your garden should give in to the winter doldrums just yet. With a little planning and care, your garden can continue to shine as the weather cools. Here are some fall-blooming plants perfect for adding warm color to a cool New Jersey garden.



There is probably no flower more strongly associated with fall especially when placed right beside a pumpkin. Mums bloom profusely all autumn in a wide range of warm, autumnal colors.

Chrysanthemums can be planted in the garden from spring through fall, but the roots need to be in the ground and well-mulched six weeks ahead of extreme cold weather, so buy a hardy breed and get them established right away.

Fall Crocus


The fall or autumn crocus will last for the entirety of fall if planted in late August. This flower is great for colder weather because it requires very little maintenance. Just a touch of water every now and then is enough to keep the vibrant purple crocus healthy for weeks.

Balloon Flowers

Platycodon grandiflorus, also known as the balloon flower, is a beautiful, low-maintenance plant with prolific bell-shaped blooms in shades of blue, pink, or white.

This agreeable plant will grow in sun or light shade, is deer resistant, and only needs to be trimmed back in the spring to start blooming in late summer through autumn.

New York Asters

What better choice for The Garden State than the Aster novi-belgii, better known as a New York Aster. These native flowers are versatile, low-maintenance, easy to grow, and produce a vivid splash of color until the late fall.

Birds and butterflies love these asters in the garden, and they also make excellent cut flowers for your autumn table.

Always cut New York asters back in the spring to prevent legginess and deadhead to prolong blooming and prevent self-seeding.


If you’re looking for a flower that can be spread out to help cover up a dead patch within your garden during the colder months of the year, miscanthus is a great choice. Miscanthus is green and grass-like but offers small pink blooms that add an interesting pop throughout.

Obedient Plant

This flower announces the arrival of fall, usually flourishing in the early days of the season. Obedient plants are purple and white and grow in clusters. The Obedient plant gets its name from the fact that a flower pushed towards one side or another will remain in this position.

This is ideal if you want to fill in some awkward gaps in your landscaping, as you can position them however you want to create the best look.


When you think of fall, colors like yellow and orange probably come to mind. Gaillardia, then, is the ideal flower for autumn as it features yellow, orange and red shades. Like miscanthus, Gaillardia spreads out fairly easily, so you don’t have to pack the seeds too tightly to cover a lot of space.

By choosing the right plants, your garden can add interest, color, and appeal to your landscape all year long. Make this fall even more beautiful with a stand-apart mix of brightly colored flowers and evergreen shrubs

Editor’s Note:  This blog was originally published on September 14, 2017. It has been updated to include additional information.