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Yellow autumn flowers: what plants should not be missing in your autumn garden? You can find out here!

Autumn is something of a hangover: exhausted from the stormy summer, the garden enters a period of dormancy and looks neglected. Leaves turn brown and fall, things start to rot and spiders cover everything with cobwebs. To lighten the atmosphere, nothing goes better with the copper tones of the season than yellow autumn flowers.

Yellow autumn flowers – coneflower (Helenium)

Yellow autumn flowers - what plants should not be missing from your autumn garden.

Sunflower (Helenium), one of the most cheerful late bloomers, has bright yellow daisy-like flowers. As long as the soil is somewhat moist, it is very easy to care for.

Fall plant care: coneflowers need full sun and moist, well-drained soil. Add compost and fertilizer (such as blood, fish and bone) to the soil when planting and mulch with compost in the spring. It tends to lean, so support it with hazel sticks or bamboo canes.
Plant it along with: The browning seed heads of faded perennials, such as Eryngium ‘Miss Willmott’s Ghost’, and grasses, such as Stipa calamagrostis and Molinia caerulea subsp. caerulea ‘Permanent Ray’.
Height and spread: 90 cm x 40 cm.

Torch lilies (Kniphofia) have lemon yellow color.

Torch lilies (Kniphofia) like moist but well-drained soil in full sun

Orange fireflies are reminiscent of the 1980s, but this yellow Kniphofia variety is refreshingly modern. Its torch flowers are a bright lemon hue with lime green lace.

Care: Kniphofias like a moist but well-drained soil in full sun. If you don’t have sandy soil, dig the site deep and then mix in plenty of compost and grit. Protect young plants with straw in the winter.
Combine with: Other vigorous perennials such as Penstemon ‘Raven’ (with purple flowers), Sedum ‘Matrona’ (with burgundy foliage) and chrysanthemums such as the lime-green ‘Shamrock’ and magenta ‘Regal Mist Purple’. Or combine them with the golden tones of grasses for a softer look.
Height and width: 80 cm x 50 cm.

Yellow Autumn Flowers – Golden Wood Vine (Clematis tangutica).

Care of autumn plants - place gold wood vine (Clematis tangutica) in neutral soil

Yellow autumn flowers – climbing plant Clematis tangutica, whose lantern-shaped flowers resemble strips of lemon peel, can not be missing in any autumn garden. The varieties “Bill MacKenzie” and “Lambton Park” are beautiful, but vigorous. If you have a small garden, choose ‘Helios’, which is compact enough to grow in a pot. All produce silvery seed heads that look magical when frosted.

Fall plant care: place the plant in full sun or partial shade, in neutral soil. Add compost and fertilizer when planting. Cut the plant back in early spring and spread a mulch layer of compost around the plant (without touching the stems).
Plant through … a large shrub or small tree that does nothing interesting in the fall: a laburnum, for example. Or let C. tangutica cover a boring fence or shed.
Height and width: 4 m x 3 m.

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Golden hair aster (Galatella linosyris) is a rare native perennial.

Yellow fall flowers - golden hair aster (Galatella linosyris) is a native perennial with delicate flowers


Aster linosyris is a rare native perennial with delicate flowers that fit well in a border and have something of a cottage garden feel. The flower heads are fluffy pompons rather than the daisy-like flowers of most other asters, and it has fine, needle-like leaves.

Care: Since this is a native plant, you can just put it in the ground and leave it to itself. But it needs full sun and well-drained soil. If you have a loamy soil, you should incorporate compost and grit when planting.
Plant with … the cream-colored Achillea ‘Moon Pagoda’, which blooms into October, and Helenium ‘Wyndley’, which produces rusty yellow flowers.
Height and width: 70 cm x 30 cm.

Yellow autumn flowers – Tricyrtis toad lilies.

In autumn, tricyrtis toad lilies produce flowers reminiscent of orchids

Yellow autumn flowers – Tricyrtis toad lilies produce flowers in late summer and autumn, which look far too exotic: butter-yellow, speckled, star-shaped, reminiscent of orchids.

Fall plant care: toad lilies love moist partial shade and acidic to neutral soil that drains well. Add foliage or compost when planting, and if you have a loamy soil, incorporate plenty of grit. They do well in containers if watered regularly.
Plant under … deciduous trees, as the yellow flowers contrast nicely with the copper-colored leaves when they fall. Or plant them among the browning fronds of ferns and Bergenia ‘Bressingham Ruby’, whose leaves turn burgundy in the fall.
Height and width: 40 cm x 25 cm.

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Slit-leaved coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata) forms shaggy ruffles.

Yellow fall flowers - slit-leaved coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata) forms shaggy ruffles


Instead of the large, daisy-like flowers of most Rudbeckias, this laciniata variety forms shaggy ruffles.

Care: Plant in rich, well-drained soil. Add organic matter and fertilizer at planting time, and add some grit if the soil is clayey. Give the plant support to grow through by erecting a framework of sticks over it in late spring.
Plant with … the burning orange Tithonia rotundifolia “Torch” and dahlias, some of which have a similar flower shape: ‘Summer Night’ dahlia has burgundy flowers and ‘Bishop of Auckland’ is purple. Gold Spring also goes well with grasses such as Miscanthus sinensis ‘Gracillimus’ and Molinia caerulea subsp. ‘Heather Bride’.
Height and width: 1.2 m x 50 cm.