Fall-Blooming Shrubs for Cool Color

Mexican Bush Sage (Salvia leucantha)
Fall Blooming Shrubs, Mexican Bush Sage (Salvia leucantha)

Fall Blooming Shrubs, Mexican Bush Sage (Salvia leucantha)

Summer temperatures are fading and it’s time to get back outdoors and enjoy the beauty surrounding our homes.  When many plants begin to slow down blooming, there are some that are just getting started including these fall-blooming shrubs.

This time of year is very busy for me as many of my clients are ready to focus on their garden.  However, as busy as I get, I try to find some time to sit outside and enjoy the colorful plants in my own garden.

Mt. Lemmon Marigold (Tagetes lemmonii)

Mt. Lemmon Marigold (Tagetes lemmonii)

Fall is the best time for adding new plants to the landscape, so this is a great time to take a look at your garden and see where you would like to see some welcome autumn color.

If you are ready to add more color to your outdoor space this autumn, I invite you to read my latest article for Houzz where I list my favorite flowering shrubs in the fall garden.

10 Fall-Blooming Shrubs for Southwest Gardens

Chaparral Sage (Salvia clevelandii)

Chaparral Sage (Salvia clevelandii)

Do you love purple flowers? Check out my blog post

where I feature autumn bloomers with purple flowers.

What is your favorite flowering plant for fall?

Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a author, horticulturist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."
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  1. arizonaplantlady@gmail.com
    arizonaplantlady@gmail.com says:

    Hi Tom,

    I took that photo of the bush on a visit to South Carolina. Unfortunately, I don’t know what it is. However, I am fairly certain that it won’t do well in desert gardens. However, if you would like a similar looking shrub, you may want to try photinia shrubs, which has green and maroon leaves and would do well in Las Vegas.

  2. arizonaplantlady@gmail.com
    arizonaplantlady@gmail.com says:

    Hi Bob,

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  3. Cathy Allen
    Cathy Allen says:

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  4. arizonaplantlady@gmail.com
    arizonaplantlady@gmail.com says:

    Hi Cathy,

    As a garden communicator, I feel a responsibility share our role in creating and maintaining environmentally-friendly outdoor environments, which don’t just benefit us, but those around us. It’s exciting to hear about the tree campaign in Baltimore City. There is a similar one going on in Phoenix.

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