Podcast: Let's Argue About Plants

Episode 46: Lesser-known Fall Stars

Go beyond asters, maples, and anemones with these interesting late-season options

The temperatures have started to drop here in New England, so we thought it was the perfect time to highlight some of our favorite fall plants. These are options that you may not be familiar with, or perhaps they are cultivars of common plants that are new and exciting (and way better than the straight species). For instance, you may like toad lilies—but what if you could get one with shocking yellow foliage? In some cases, we even call attention to a plant that is known as a spring stunner but puts on an equally impressive show in fall. With plants like these in the mix, there’s no reason for your garden to ever wind down in October.


Expert testimony: Andy Pulte is a faculty member in the plant sciences department at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.


Danielle’s Plants

Blackberry lily (Iris domestica, Zones 5–10)

Blackberry lily
Blackberry lily. Photo: Michelle Gervais.


‘Ogon’ spirea (Spiraea thunbergii ‘Ogon’, Zones 4–8)

‘Ogon’ spirea
‘Ogon’ spirea in spring and in fall. Photos: Michelle Gervais and Danielle Sherry.


‘Bolero’ garden mum (Chrysanthemum ‘Bolero’, Zones 5–9)

‘Bolero’ garden mum
Courtesy of Millette Photos.


‘Golden Anniversary’ toad lily (Tricyrtis hirta ‘Golden Anniversary’, Zones 6–9)

'Golden Anniversary' Toad lily
‘Golden Anniversary’ toad lily. Photo: Steve Aitken.


Steve’s Plants

Black gum, sour gum, black tupelo (Nyssa sylvatica, Zones 4–9)

Sweet Gum Black Tupelo
Black gum. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.


Culver’s root (Veronicastrum virginicum, Zones 4–8)

Culver’s root
Culver’s root. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.


‘Golden Fleece’ goldenrod (Solidago sphacelata ‘Golden Fleece’, Zones 4–9)

'Golden Fleece' goldenrod
‘Golden Fleece’ goldenrod. Photo: Jennifer Benner


Burnet (Sanguisorba officinalis, Zones 4–8)

Steve liked ‘Dali Marble’, a white burnet, ‘Lemon Splash,’ which is yellow, and ‘Little Angel’, a dwarf variety (below).

Burnet. Photo: Jennifer Brown


‘Little Angel’- dwarf burnet

'Little Angel' burnet
‘Little Angel’ burnet. Photo: Danielle Sherry



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