7 Best Plants To Make Your Garden Bloom In Autumn

These autumn plants will make your garden look fresher than ever!

Spring and summer tend to be the seasons that are closely associated with gardening. However, British households can still enjoy thriving their backyards throughout autumn — and well into winter too — with the right choice of plants!

Seven Best Autumn Plants

There are some tough little plants and shrubs that can survive the changing weather. They are known to brave the cold temperature and strong winds to bring a splash of colour and brighten breezy autumnal days.

With the right choice of plants, autumn gardens can surprisingly be a spectacular sight. From delicate pansies to bold and low-growing heathers, here are the plants you can grow to help keep your garden looking fresh and inviting as the temperatures drops!

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1. Crocus

The autumn weather forces crocuses to bloom out through the fallen leaves among the lawn. Additionally, their upright and cup-shaped flowers look great in pots and borders.

Still, occasionally they can be spoiled by the autumn weather. So, plant them beneath trees and shrubs where they will be protected from heavy rains.

2. Heather

With pink, white or purple petals, heather is a brilliant plant that creates a low-growing texture and makes great potted flowers. They handle bad weather particularly well and have a long flowering season from November to March.

3. Dahlia

The striking blooms of this flower start to open in summer, but are at their best form from August to September. They bridge gaps in borders as other perennials begin to tire. 

Dahlias are best for working along boundaries, and they come in a range of sizes and exotic colours.

4. Winter Aconites

These cheery plants look a lot like buttercups with their lovely yellow flowers. They are suited to growing underneath deciduous trees and shrubs. They prefer rich, moist soil in shady parts of the garden.

5. Cyclamen

Cyclamen are well-loved heroes that can be brought to flower from autumn all the way through to spring. Their flowers come in red, pink and white shades and look fantastic in pots or planted under trees.

Among its range of species, cyclamen hederifolium is the usual choice for autumn flowers. Its silvery, marbled leaves complement its sugar pink and white blooms, remaining unscathed through winter before dying back for a dormant summer.

6. Pansies

Pansies are a gardener’s staple all year round. Many varieties stop blooming when it gets really cold.

However, you can opt for the special winter-flowering pansies which will keep going until late spring. These are ideal for filling pots and window boxes for a flash of colour to be seen from indoors.

7. Aster ‘Little Carlow’

Sprays of small lavender-blue daisies throb in late summer and autumn, particularly in the evening light. They like lots of sunlight and good, well-drained soil.