Beautiful Fall Flowering Shrubs

A list of selected fall blooming shrubs by Tanya Kime-Wallace, also including growing information,descriptions and floral images.

Although the Autumn is upon us which really only reminds us of the winter, why not add some much needed color into your garden with these fall blooming shrubs, you never know they may even actually make you forget how close to winter you truly are. The shrubs in which I have selected are not only beautiful, they will be sure to liven up your garden for now and for years to come.


Ceanothus X ‘Autumnal Blue’

Height and spread 6-9 feet. Evergreen. Large, glossy, oval leaves. Flowers are blue in rounded clusters in July-October. Best grown in a south or west facing wall or fence. Thus is one of the hardier types of Ceanothus.
Ceanothus X ‘Burkwoodii’
Height 10 feet. Spread 7 feet against a wall. Evergreen with wide-spreading habit.Shiny leaves that are grey on the underside. Lightly scented, deep blue flowers in small clusters but in larger number than ‘Autumnal Blue’ in July-October.
Ceanothus X Gloire de Versallesi’
Description:Height and spread 7 feet or more in favorable position. Deciduous with vigorous arching growth. Large leaves with powder blue flowers in profusion in rounded clusters from June-October. This is one of the most attractive species of Ceanothus.

How to grow:Most do best grown with the protection of a sunny wall but will grow in the open if there is shelter from the wind and plenty of sun. Severe winters can kill them although well-established plants may survive. Grow in well-drained lighter,rather than heavier soil;if chalky add peat or leaf-mold. Prune deciduous kind early spring by cutting previous years growth back to 3 inches of the stem. Evergreens may be cut back a little to tidy after flowering and to maintain bushy habit.

Ceratostigma willmottianum.

Deciduous shrub. Height 2-4 feet. Bristly,purplish stems with small,course green leaves. Dense clusters of absolutely beautiful brilliant blue blossoms in July -October. The Ceratostigma.willmottianum is one of my favorite shrubs in the fall because of its intense blue flowers,simply gorgeous!

How to grow: Plant in free-draining, sandy loam in a sheltered position facing south or west,preferably a the the base of a wall and getting plenty of sun. Can be cut back to ground level in a hard winter. All old growth can be cleared away in the spring when new shoots have emerged.

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  1. As beautiful and throrough as a mail-order catalog compiled by someone who knows her business. Anyone with an interest in fall gardening must print this article for handy reference.

  2. This is very well done — beautiful photos and detailed descriptions!

  3. This is just so unique, its very well done!

  4. Very good article and the pictures just made the article POP!!! You must really love your flowers lol!!!

  5. You certainly know your stuff!!!! I want to visit later in the year please!!!

  6. Beautiful, really liked the Mexican Orange Blossom.

  7. Your advice will be a big help to those with gardens. too bad I don’t have one now. I did grow hibiscus, hydrangas, iris, jonquils, old maids, pretty my nights, rose of sharon, roses, forcythia, and others. I loved my flowers.

  8. Very educational. I live in Kashmir (?) and climatically its so much like BC. Seeing those miles of berry farms there I have been wondering if they could be grown here too.I will be the happiest man if I ccould ever meet you. Great site.

  9. Another words of wisdom for the garden in here. Great work my friend.

  10. That was informative. The flowers are gorgeous!

  11. Not sure what’s going on here. Most of the things you include don’t bloom in the fall, at least not in my area (SE U.S.): hibiscus, viburnum, oak-leaved hydrangea, fuchsia — all these bloom spring or summer. I came to this site because I was hoping to see a list of shrubs which bloom in the FALL.

  12. They do bloom in the fall,the oak leaved hydrangea as mentioned above is specifically for the foilage color and the other species as mentioned above do bloom in late summer to fall perhaps you may mean the hydrangea or hibiscus as a common name as in one individual plant/shrub however; there are many species under the name,there is not just one hydrangea, not just one hibiscus, and one virbunum there are many species under these categories of shrubs all blooming at different times of the year and the shrubs mentioned here are fall bloomers.

    You may want to research the specific names of the species in which I have mentioned and you will then come to the conclusion there is none here that bloom in the spring, they all bloom from late summer to fall as mentioned above…. I was very specific with the blooming times if you bothered to read the descriptions because I am assuming the only thing you looked at was the scientific name and not the peticular species from within that name.

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