Gardens are lovely at any time of year, but there is something about an autumn garden that is especially breathtaking. Once the showy blooms of summer have passed, the lovely flowers of autumn take their place. If you would enjoy having a garden of autumn blooming perennials in your Houston, Texas backyard, try some of the plants below.
Pitcher’s Clematis. A flowering vine that blooms with purple flowers all through autumn, this Texas native does best in full to partial sun. These perennials are drought tolerant and can tolerate temperatures down to zero degrees. They prefer sandy or clay soil.
Joe Pye Weed. These perennials have vanilla-scented leaves and rosy purple flowers that bloom through autumn. A Texas native that will also draw butterflies to your Houston, Texas garden, this plant makes a great accent. Plant these perennials in full to partial sun in soil with good drainage. This flower will grow to be up to six feet high in your Houston garden.
Cardinal Lobelia. If you love gorgeous red flowers that bloom in autumn, try the Cardinal Lobelia. This Texas native will bloom in October and November, and will also attract hummingbirds to your Houston, Texas garden. These perennials prefer partial shade, and look wonderful in a mixed border.
Purple Coneflower. Rosy purple flowers with a bronze center will bloom from spring through autumn in your Houston, Texas garden. Another Texas native, these perennials will bring butterflies to your garden. Plant in full to partial sun and expect heights of four feet. This flower also does well in containers.
Royal Sage. Royal Sage will bring tubular scarlet blooms from summer through autumn to your Houston, Texas garden. Plant in partial shade, as these perennials do not like the hot sun. This Texas native plant attracts hummingbirds, and is also disease resistant and drought tolerant. It can tolerate temperatures down to ten degrees (unlikely in Houston.)
Pineland Hibiscus. A Texas native that will draw butterflies to your Houston, Texas garden, plant this shrub in full to partial sun and enjoy its butter colored blooms all through autumn. Disease resistant, drought tolerant and able to survive temperatures down to 30 degrees, these are great perennials for mixed borders and small landscapes.
Moss Pink Verbena. Lovely lacy foliage makes these perennials a great addition to your autumn Houston, Texas garden. The flowers are lavender-pink and bloom in clusters all through the summer and well into autumn. This Texas native will attract butterflies to your autumn garden, and is disease resistant and drought tolerant. These perennials will also do well in Houston containers and rock gardens.