Fall isn't just for pumpkins and gourds. Add color and interest to your garden with fresh fall annuals.


Looking to add color and interest to your yard this autumn? Try out some fall annuals this season. Fall annuals are perfect for swapping out tired plants in your summer container gardens, tucking into beds and borders for more seasonal color, or adding fresh looks to your front door, patio, or deck for the fall. Check out these 5 fantastic hardy annuals to incorporate into your garden this fall!


Add beauty and lots of color this autumn with this fall flower favorite. Pansy is a popular choice with gardeners that offers cheery, edible flowers in shades of red, orange, yellow, white, purple, and blue. Pansies are hardy annuals and take cold temperatures well. These fall annual flowers survive the winters if planted in the ground and bloom again the following spring.


Need annual flower bed designs that provide not only color, but texture to your garden? This fall annual flower is the whole package. Strawflower is an old-fashioned variety that features colorful flowers with paper-like petals, which are commonly used in dried floral crafts. The blooms appear in shades of yellow, orange, red, pink, and white. Like ornamental peppers, strawflower doesn't tolerate frost so protect it from freezing temperatures.

Ornamental Peppers

These hardy annuals will spice up any garden. Ornamental peppers are easy to grow and establish colorful fruits in shades of red, orange, yellow, blue, purple, and even black. Some ornamental peppers are spicy hot, while others have non-pungent fruits and are safe to grow around small children. In addition to their fruits, some varieties show off their lovely variegated foliage as well. These fall annuals do not tolerate frost well, so they will need to be covered or protected when that time comes along.

Flowering Kale

Although flowering kale is a kale variety, it's more commonly an ornamental plant than it is an edible plant. A relative of cabbage, this annual adds wonderful texture to the fall annual garden with its colorful pink, purple, or white leaves. It's amazing when paired with purple pansies and holds up well to freezing temperatures.


Calibrachoa is a household favorite annual flower known for its bright color and low-maintenance care. While it is commonly thought of as a summer annual, calibrachoa holds up well to cold temperatures, too! It's a natural for fall annual container gardens, and look especially great in a hanging basket. The jewel-toned flowers come in nearly every color and have a trailing habit, making it a fun choice for cascading over the side of your fall containers.

Comments (2)

October 2, 2018
Thanks. I didn't know about strawflowers and calibrachoa.
September 16, 2018
Wish you'd tag the plants that are "deer friendly," as I have almost nightly visitors to my property in the Tampa Bay area of Florida and want to replace plants that have been eaten.