Plant Late For Fall Pollinators

Fall sunflowers at Chanticleer Gardens, Wayne, PA

Late flowering coreopsis

Don’t give up gardening in the fall. Many beneficial insects depend on the terrific job that you are doing. The following is a sample listing of annuals and perennials that can employ to support pollinators in the fall. Included are many fall-blooming annuals and perennials.

When designing a pollinator-friendly landscapes, include an adequate number of these fall-blooming plants in your garden designs.



Here are 15 showy native perennials known for their late-season flowering.

  • Asters (Symphyotrichum spp. and Eurybia spp.)

    Fall blooming asters t Chanticleer Gardens in Wayne, PA

  • False aster (Boltonia spp.)
  • Fall mums (Chrysanthemum spp.)
  • Goldenrods (Solidago spp.)
  • Ironweed (Vernonia spp.)
  • Joe-Pye (Eutrochium fistulosum)
  • Fall anemone (Anemone spp.)
  • Sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale)
  • Stonecrop sedums (Hylotelephium spectabilis)
  • Fall sunflowers (Helianthus spp.)
  • Turtlehead (Chelone obliqua)
  • Pineapple sage (Salvia elegans)
  • Mexican sage (Salvia leucantha)
  • Blanket flower (Gaillardia x)
  • Stonecrop sedums (Hylotelephium spectabilis)

Don’t leave out summer annuals, many of which are still in glorious bloom in the cool days of autumn. The short list include cosmos, several kinds of salvias, globe amaranth (Gomphrena), and dahlias

Avid fall gardeners living in zones 6 and 7 replant many favorite annuals in late summer and fall as a “shoulder season”. They start out new bedding plants in late August and they will carry through in glorious color into mid-November in many areas of the U.S. The list includes cosmos, marigolds, petunias, calibrachoas, cupheas, celosias, and diascias.

Several other perennials have extended bloom times and may still be flowering in the early days of autumn. These plants can also be grown and installed into the landscape specifically to provide a source of nectar for the pollinators, as well as to boost the amount of color in the fall gardens. Some great options include agastache, coreopsis, coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea), fleabane (Erigeron), and black eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta), and salvias (Salvia spp.). Finally, butterfly (Buddleia x davidii) and bluebeard (Caryopteris x clandonensis) shrubs, frequently maintained as perennials by gardeners, continue to bloom way into the fall season.

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