Plants for Stunning Fall Color

With some planning you can enjoy fall color in the garden.
With a little planning you can enjoy an amazing display of botanical fireworks in your front yard this fall. Start by clearing out declining summer annuals and trimming back leggy and faded perennials. Once your yard is well groomed you can make a clear plan about the size and quantity of plants you will need to give your landscape a boost with gorgeous fall color.

Instant Gratification
Planting annuals is the quickest way to add a pop of color to the garden. Mass-planting annuals creates a bold statement with rich a blanket of color. Choose a high impact area to display some of these fall blooms:

Chrysanthemums - Perhaps the most popular fall flower, mums are treated like annuals in cold weather climates and are perennial in warmer zones. A huge variety of shapes, sizes and colors can make it difficult to choose a plant.  


Ornamental Kale - It thrives in cool weather and provides consistent color the entire season. In fact, the color in ornamental kale actually brightens after the first few frosts. Plant ornamental kale in late August or early September so it has time to establish a strong root system before cold nights hit.

Pansies - The pansies’ love of cool weather makes it as suitable for the fall garden as it is for spring, but it’s too often overlooked as a fall annual. Bronze, gold and rust varieties blend in beautifully with the autumnal palette or choose contrasting hues like purple or yellow to highlight other plantings. In warm climates fall pansies can thrive until early spring.

Color in the Future
Planting perennials and shrubs takes a little more forethought than planting annuals, however the extra planning is worth the effort for years of color to come.

Viburnum shrub

Judd viburnum - This shrub displays deep burgundy foliage in the fall that looks even more amazing when under planted with deep green flowers like the Green Satin chrysanthemum.

Northern Lights azalea - A reliable performer, this azalea variety stays compact, rarely needs pruning and looks like a bronze-orange glowing light in the fall landscape.



Goldenrod - Grow tall goldenrod in the back of the perennial garden and their yellow spires will provide a backdrop for other fall plantings.

Sedum - They don’t do well in a vase and there’s no delicate flowery fragrance, but for dependable clumps of fall color sedum can’t be beat. Choose varieties in deep-pink to burgundy and border them with lime-green ornamental kale for a stunning fall display.

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