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Top Five Fall Flowers
Fall Flowers: Our Top 5 Picks
Story by Diana Keeler
Don’t fall for boring
chrysanthemums — the bounty of fall-blooming flowers is rich and varied, even if it
takes a bit more digging. Seeking out fall flowers is an important way of honoring
the earth and its ever-changing bounty. In other words, don’t even think about buying
tulips during autumn — even if your local florist has conveniently made them available
12 months a year. Read our
interview with Floraged Flora’s Louesa Roebuck for more on
that philosophy — and give yourself extra points (as Louesa would) for buying local
flowers and greenery.
Below, our five favorite fall flowers. Enjoy them now — winter will be here soon enough.
OUR 5 FAVORITE FALL-BLOOMING FLOWERS
Is there any more beautiful option? Some varieties
flower all the way through the first frost, which makes them the queen of the season.
Colors vary — magnificently! — but red and orange will offer an immediate dose of
seasonality to your bouquets.
Don’t call it a weed. (Or an allergen — it’s not.) This is a gorgeous, bright yellow bloom. Use it to give your flower arrangements volume and a louche, wildflower vibe.
3 Russian Sage
Purple Russian sage may look quite a bit like lavender,
but it’s actually a member of the mint family — something suggested by its silvery-green
stalks. Mix it with ornamental grasses like soft switchgrass, either in a garden bed
or in a vase.
Its nickname is telling: “false sunflower.” Despite
the resemblance, the two plants are from different families — but the similarities
are there, and like its namesake, ox-eye will bring a splash of summery warmth to
your tabletop arrangement.
If you want the rich autumnal colors of chrysanthemums
but not the supermarket-florist image, try brilliantly colored cockscomb, in deep red,
mustard yellow, and more.