Planting in the fall may seem like a dumb idea, but there are plenty of fast growing, hardy, perennial plants to put in the ground right now. The one thing that might hold you back from growing any of these plants is the climate in your area. Consult the USDA's Plant Hardiness Zone Map or ask an experienced grower to determine which of these plants will flourish.
For those living in warmer areas, the climate may allow you to grow all of the plants on our list as well as other hardy winter plants like kale, lettuce, and cauliflower.
Spicy little bulbs of garlic do exceptionally well in cool climates, like in the Pacific Northwest, and right now is the time to dig. Make sure to put the hard base of the garlic bulb down a few inches into the ground to yield the largest clusters. Get ready for lots of garlic in spring.
Many varieties of flowering bulbs like tulips can be planted now for beautiful garden in the spring. Make sure to give the bulbs adequate space when planting. 3-4 inches should do. Some bulbs can grow well perennially in areas with cool climates like the Northeast.