5 Fall Gardening Tips for a Beautiful Autumn

Spring and summer are the months we most often think of when it comes to gardening. But there’s no reason your garden can’t continue to shine throughout the fall (and be prepared for another growing season come next spring). Use these handy tips when planning your fall garden.

Step One: What’s Your Fall Goal?

Before you get to work, you need to decide what you want out of a fall garden. Do you want just a continuation of your summer look, or do you want a unique look designed for fall colors? Or maybe you just need to fill in some spots where warm-weather flowers start to give way to cooler temps. Spend some time thinking through how your garden and plants should function in autumn, and what you hope to accomplish.

Who’s Looking?

It’s also helpful to think from the inside out in a way. You’ll be spending more time indoors as the temps continue to fall, so think about what you want to see when you look out your windows. Foot traffic down your block will also decrease as temps go down, so the people you should really be thinking about are living inside your home looking out!

Play by the Same Rules

Just because the hot summer sun is setting earlier and not putting off quite as much heat doesn’t mean you have to change up your whole game plan when it comes to your gardening. Use the same strategies you always use — complementary shapes and colors, pretty foliage, repetition of flowers for visual consistency, etc. In other words, keeping doing what you know works.

Think Plants not Flowers

While flowering plants will continue to bloom late into the summer and early fall, it’s also the best time of year for non-flowering plants. For example, ornamental grasses really shine during the Autumn months. You can enjoy brilliant fall colors even without a bouquet of flowering plants.

Out-of-the-Box Fall Features

Flowers such as mums and asters are standbys, but unique versions of even these stalwarts will make your garden the belle of the block. Look for unusual, autumn-hardy varieties to include when planning a fall garden. One idea: plant a wide band of Korean mums, constantly shearing the front 18 inches for a beautiful groundcover in front with flowers in the back.

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