Regional Picks Collection: Unusual Autumn Stars

From left to right: Guernsey lily; Canadian burnet; cutleaf staghorn sumac. Photos: Mark Bolton/; Jerry Pavia; Joshua McCullough

If you’re sick of the same old asters and mums, why not plant an unexpected fall star instead?

The following collection highlights some truly out-of-the-ordinary shrubs, trees, and even perennials for upping your fall garden game. Some of these options provide excellent foliage color, while others put on a floral display in the final throes of October. And the best thing about these plants is that they are particularly suited to thrive in the specific conditions of your region.

Looking for some autumnal stars for your containers instead? Read Autumn Pots Minus the Mums by Sarah Partyka for even more out-of-the-box fall planting inspiration.