Landscaping tips for autumn might sound like a chore when some regions of the United States start experiencing rain and earlier darkness. But you can plant various trees and plants that change color with the seasons and helps your landscaping look appealing until winter places most things on hold. What unique things can you plant to give some appealing color and texture to your garden landscape?
The Most Colorful Tree Ideas
Planting new trees in the fall may not be your ultimate goal. Regardless, they add so much color to landscaping that you should still strongly consider it. One of the most commonly planted for fall colors are red maple trees. The dark red colors these trees emanate can give an appealing contrast to other fall colors you use in the garden like yellow or orange. However, birch trees are another good option if you prefer yellow as a softer fall color. Also consider a Kousa dogwood to provide a different shade of reddish purple.
Shrubs That Change Color in the Fall
You can find numerous shrubs that change color in the fall and even have colorful (but inedible) fruit to match the fall foliage. Viburnums are very popular and turn bright red, including the berries many varieties grow. However, that’s one of the problems of viburnums: There’s far too many varieties to choose from. The Morton Arboretum provides a list of the better known varieties and what color they turn. There’s also a recommendation that you use viburnums mainly in the Midwest because they grow better in slightly moist soil.
Flowers That Turn Color
While you have numerous options, try some Colchicum as a group of rare flowers that grow in the winter (and through winter). These have a nice purple color that add a contrasting shade to your autumn garden. Be aware, though, that they’re slow to grow when planted in summer due to needing summer heat treatment.
An easier alternative is crocuses, which are actually from the Colchicum line and have an antithesis flower that grows in the springtime. You’re likely to see crocuses in fall gardens because they’re known for lasting through the winter, including during snowfalls. They also have a beautiful purple shade that gives life to your landscaping even when all else goes dormant.
Consider Fall Grasses
If you want something simpler to plant, consider going for grasses that thrive through the fall. Most of these grow well in any climate, and many emanate a yellowish glow that we associate with autumn. One grass with a unique yellowish tint is Libertia that originally comes from New Zealand.