30 Flower Seeds to Sow in the Fall

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Want to get a jump start on spring blooms?

 There are many flowering plants you can sow from seed as the weather gets cooler in the fall.  After a winter chill, they will resume growing in the spring.

First, I’ll walk you through some things you’ll want to know before sowing.

Scroll down to see the entire list of recommended seeds.

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Choose seeds according to your growing zone

  • The types of seeds that are appropriate for your garden will depend on your location and growing zone.
  • A quick Google search can confirm your growing zone number.
  • Seed sellers often list zones on their products so you can choose seeds known to succeed in your climate and conditions.
Related: 25 Veggies and herbs to grow in the fall.
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How it works

  • Many of the seeds that do well with fall planting are actually cold climate plants that need the cold to germinate (sprout).
  • Some types of seeds have very tough coats. After a deep chill, they pop open and germination can begin.  Pretty cool!
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Read your seed packets

  • Please always read your seed packets before planting in case the seeds need a little extra attention before sowing.
    For example, some seeds benefit from presoaking in damp towels or roughing the seed coat with sandpaper before sowing. Check the details on the packets—they're very helpful.
    But don't worry, most types of seeds are easy to grow. 
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Get your garden beds ready

Be sure to prepare your flower beds ahead of time, ensuring the soil is rich in compost or well-rotted manure and has good drainage.

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Use heavy duty plant markers

  • One of the most common causes of plant loss is forgetting what you've planted. 
  • The other key to success is to mark your planting areas with heavy-duty plant tags or markers that can tough it out through the winter.
  • Tag your plants so don't accidentally pull them out when weeding in the spring.
I recommend using metal plant markers (I like the stainless steel ones), and a Brother label maker with waterproof tape.


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Flower seeds to sow in the fall

The seeds are listed both by common name and botanical names (genus and/or species).
Keep in mind that this is a general list.
You will need to check that any seeds you choose are appropriate for your growing zone.
  1. Alyssum (many species)
  2. Bachelor Buttons / Cornflower  Centaurea cyanus
  3. Bee Balm Monarda
  4. Black Eyed Susan Rudbeckia
  5. Blanket Flower Gaillardia
  6. Blue Flax Linum perenne lewisii
  7. Calendula Calendula
  8. Columbine Aquilegea
  9. Coneflower Echinacea
  10. Coreopsis Coreopsis
  11. Cosmos Cosmos
  12. Cupid's Dart Catananche caerulea
  13. Daisy, Painted Chrysanthemum coccineum
  14. Delphinium
  15. Flax Linum grandiflorum
  16. Foxglove Digitalis
  17. Larkspur Consolida 
  18. Love-In-A-Mist Nigella damascena
  19. Lobelia Lobelia
  20. Lavender Lavandula
  21. Lady's Mantle Alchemilla
  22. Milkweed Asclepias
  23. Nasturtium Tropaeolum
  24. Pansy Viola
  25. Penstemon Penestemon
  26. Pincushion Flowers  Scabiosa
  27. Pinkball Thrift Ameria Formosa
  28. Poppy Papaveraceae
  29. Prairie Coneflower Ratibida columnifera
  30. Rose Campion Silene
  31. Snapdragons Antirrhinum
  32. Sweet Pea Lathyrus odoratus
  33. Sweet William Dianthus
  34. Virginia Stocks Matthiola maritima
  35. Wallflower Cheiranthus cheiri 

See my collection of flower seeds to sow in the fall here.

I hope this has given you ideas for your garden. It's great to have a jump start on spring flowers!
See my collection for more examples of flower seeds you can sow in the fall for a jump start on spring blooms.
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