It can get overwhelming when you visit a nursery to select Autumn plants. Here’s a quick list to help you bring color to your landscape.
Stonecrop (Sedum Autumn Joy). During the Spring and summer, the flowers resemble broccoli, which I like because it stands out from the rest of my perennials. During August and September, it turns pinkish attracting bumblebees and butterflies and when Fall arrives, it turns to an eye-popping reddish brown. A great welcome home if planted in a walkway that leads to your front door.
The Burning Bush (Euonymus alatus ‘Compacta’). Throughout the spring and summer, this shrub is a modest looking shrub as it displays its green foliage. But once the Fall arrives it will surely surprise and impress you with its fire engine red leaves. If you have a row planted for privacy (like I do) the vibrant red will steal the show amongst your other plants and your neighbors will love the view if it’s facing near the road.
Dogwood (Cornus kousa). A versatile tree because in the spring it produces white or pink flowers and in the Fall the leaves turn into a pretty reddish-purple. It also produces red fruits and it attracts birds. It grows to about 25 feet and is a nice focal point when planted in front of a living room or kitchen window.
Japanese Maple Acer (palmatum ‘Dissectum Atropurpureum’). If you like plants that have a weeping effect and are looking for color other than green the Acer displays a nice reddish foliage and it has a nice feathery texture when you touch it. It grows about 8 feet tall and it looks great when placed in the center of mass plantings.
Mums (Chrysanthemum). Right now all nurseries are displaying these beautiful soft cushions and you see them everywhere especially at commercial properties. It’s an annual and only lasts one season, but it you want an instant display of colors in your containers these are a wonderful choice.
What’s your favorite Fall plant? Please let me know – I appreciate the feedback!
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