4 Landscaping Ideas to Create a Fabulous Fall Yard

4 Landscaping Ideas for Fall

Many people think spring is the best season for planting, but gardeners have figured out that fall is actually the best season for planting and landscaping. Because of the cooler temperatures and increased rainfall, fall is great for planting perennials – plants that come back year after year. There are far more “good days” in the fall when the soil is still warm, which allows a plant’s roots to establish better and grow until the ground freezes, or continue to grow throughout a milder winter climate. In the spring when the ground is cooler or in the summer, when it’s hot and dry, a plant’s roots can get stressed and unhealthy, and grow less robustly.

Fall is also a great season to give your garden a “boost,” planting turf grasses, spring-blooming bulbs, “cool crop” vegetables and certain annuals – plants that last only one season – to enjoy well into the cooler season. This is the first of three articles on tips to freshen up your landscape for fall, adding color, texture and panache!

1. Create the Unexpected

Add a series of intimate spaces to your landscape, which helps give the sense that the garden goes on and on. Start by planting evergreens in a variety of coordinating colors near the edges of your property, giving you privacy throughout the year. The evergreens also act as a dramatic backdrop for other trees, shrubs and flowers to show off their brilliant fall color. Then use large shrubs and small trees as living walls, forming outdoor “rooms” and adding interest to your yard. Since no one spot has an entire view of your garden, there’s something unexpected around every corner.

2. Pattern with Shapes

Build a theme in your landscape by repeating a plant shape. Plants develop different shapes as they grow. Some have an upright look, others are mounded, and still others weep gracefully. Couple an upright columnar white pine with a tall blue spruce, which give rise to a narrow, intimate path. Boxwood pruned into round balls all in a row gives the allusion of a string of pearls. Weeping willows planted together with a ‘Viridis’ Japanese maple and forsythia resemble a girl’s long hair fluttering in the breeze. Combining plants with different growing habits makes your landscape more intriguing.

3. Add Carpets of Color

Ground-hugging ground-cover plants reduce weeds and protect the soil while creating a vast expanse of color, especially in the fall, when plants can turn from greens to vivid purple-reds. The fall show helps make your garden more interesting.

4. Include Structure

In addition to plants, give your garden visual interest by incorporating a structure such as a pergola, an arbor, a fence or retaining wall — even an assortment of pots and planters grouped for visual impact will do the trick. Stone is maintenance-free and suited to a variety of landscaping styles. However, choose a material that complements your garden, giving to a natural look, and be sure it fits your budget.

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6 thoughts on “4 Landscaping Ideas to Create a Fabulous Fall Yard

  1. This fall, I would absolutely love to do some more landscaping work on my yard! I never had any idea that it was the perfect time to do work on your yard, but it sounds like a really great idea to me. It would be interesting to try a few of these ideas, especially to establish a good theme and possibly put in some shape patterns. I especially like the idea of using plants that have similar shapes, because then it will make the garden look more put together. Thank you for sharing these!

  2. My husband is thinking about doing our landscaping himself here in Williams Lake. He used to work in that area so I think that he will do a great job! He has some pretty great ideas for our yard and I’m excited to see how it turns out. I am thinking that he will probably need to look into equipment rentals for some parts of it so that will be an adventure. Thanks for the tips!

  3. To add to the idea of making a patter with shapes, you can apply that to the shape of your yard. I really like the look of a landscape that has raised areas, maybe with a rock wall supporting it. It takes some work, and you’ll need to rent some heavy equipment to do it, but it will be worth it in the end.

  4. I feel like making sure you add some sort of structure, whether it be a statue or a water fountain, that it would definitely tie in your whole yard. This would be the focus point of the whole yard. And it would make everyone believe you are very skilled at what you do.

  5. Awesome post. All 4 ideas are superb and nicely explained. Great share, will be back again.

  6. Pingback: Go Green – Plant a Living Privacy Fence | Runyon Equipment Rental Blog

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