The Best Fall Annuals For Massachusetts

Summer may be over, but that doesn’t mean your garden can’t be full of colorful blooms! There are plenty of fall annuals that would look gorgeous in your garden or in containers by your front door.

There are some summer annuals that don’t mind the cooler temperatures and will happily bloom until frost — most notably marigolds and geraniums.

But most summer annuals start to look a little defeated — and the best thing to do is replace them with some fresh fall annuals and ornamental displays.

Here are our team’s favorites — you’ll see them on all our client’s commercial properties in Massachusetts.

The Best Fall Annuals For Massachusetts’ Gardens


Chrysanthemums (also known simply as “mums”) are available in dozens of exciting varieties and come in a wide range of colors, including red, orange, yellow, purple, pink and creamy white.

Because of their tight, mounded growth and profusion of blooms, garden mums are perfect for mass plantings — and the blooms last for weeks, making them a favorite in many fall gardens.

Whether you plant them in your garden or have them potted as part of your fall display, I’m certain you will love them as much as we do!

Ornamental Kale & Cabbage

Also known as “flowering” cabbage and kale, these brightly colored rosettes are real show-stoppers in your fall garden!

Ornamental kale leaves are frilly while cabbage leaves are flat — but both come in shades of purple, cream, green and rose that become richer and more vibrant as the temperature drops (even “blooming” after frost).

They make wonderful border plants — but they also look great tucked into your holiday baskets and displays.


Asters are daisy-like perennials with starry-shaped flower heads that come in vibrant shades of pink, purple, blue and white. They are the grand finale of the perennial garden and will bloom late into the fall — also providing a final feeding opportunity for bees and butterflies.

Asters are easy to grow and a beautiful way to jazz up your fall garden.

Create Colorful Displays Without Flowers

Colorful holiday arrangements can include things other than flowers — here are the ones we think of when creating our fall displays.

Pumpkins & Gourds

It’s hard to think of an autumn display without a bright orange pumpkin and a selection of weird and wacky gourds — although pumpkins come in dozens of colors other than the traditional orange, such as red, green, blue, yellow, white and tan, so you can get one to match any decor.

While both are technically edible, gourds are most often used as decoration or to create utensils, cups, scoops, whistles, rattles and a host of other useful objects — and if you’re super-ambitious you can carve up your pumpkins to create a jack-o-lanterns.

Hay Bales

Hay Bales are a simple way to add that fall feeling to your holiday decor with very little effort — and a great way to infuse your front entrance with some rustic charm and festive curb appeal.

And since “hay bales” aren’t really hay at all (it’s actually straw), it can be composted and used in your garden beds after it has served its decorative purpose. Real hay would contain too many seeds — not ideal to add to a garden bed!

Corn & Corn Stalks

Corn is actually an annual grass that has been bred to produce larger and larger fruit — or what we know as corn on the cob.

Using dried corn stalks is a simple way to honor the harvest while sprucing up your fall decor and can be displayed in a number of ways — such as decorating a light pole or column, as a garland, in wreaths, on stairs or flanking your front door.

Pairing ornamental corn along with the stalks will add a nice pop of color to your display and is a popular symbol of the fall harvest.

Ready to add some seasonal color?

Planting fall annuals can increase your curb appeal, entice new customers and make your commercial property look warm and inviting.

At Landscape America, we like to extend the growing season by introducing vibrant fall annuals to our client’s full-service maintenance plan each year.

Ready to brighten your property with some fall annuals and decor? Reach out — we’d love to hear from you!