Unfortunately, your peonies and daisies won’t flower forever. The good news: It’s almost time for mums, pansies, and all of your other fall favorites. An autumn garden can feature tons of color, including reds, pinks, oranges, yellows, purples, and blues. Check with your local nursery or plant supplier to determine the optimal time to plant each species — often late spring or early summer. An expert on your area can also recommends the best annuals and perennials will flower through September and October. If you’re ordering plants online, check the United States Department of Agriculture’s Plant Hardiness Zone Map. It breaks down the different climates across the country into numbered sections, a handy guide when picking between different varieties. In general, count on most of these autumn-blooming beauties to grace your garden until the first hard frost.

Amaranthus

Amaranthus produces gorgeous tassel-like flowers each fall that look great in arrangements — both fresh-cut and dried. Grow this annual in full sun or part shade, advises the Missouri Botanical Garden.

Dahlias

Certain varieties will keep on bloomin’ from mid-summer into fall. Pick orange- and red-tinted varieties for autumn bouquets, but dahlias come in just about every color under the sun.

Cornflower

You’ll love these bright-blue beauties as much as the birds and butterflies do. For continued flowering, deadhead spent blooms.

Celosia

Also known as cockscomb, Celosia cristata produces crested flowerheads several inches wide well into autumn. Its relative Celosia plumosa, on the other hand, produces feathery-like plumes — another fall favorite.

Sunflowers

They may peak mid-summer, but most sunflowers will keep shooting up, up, up even as the weather cools. Harvest when the seeds start to turn brown, or the backs of the seed heads turn yellow. You’ll have to beat the birds to them, however.

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