Stacy Ling

Best Plants for the Fall Garden

· A Weekly Tour Of Stacy's Garden ·

Mums are probably the number one fall flower that most of us add to the garden and our outdoor decor. As much as I love them, there are so many other options out there to choose from! Consider spicing up your home and garden with these fall plants.

Fall garden plantings can be so much more than Chrysanthemums (mums). Don’t get me wrong, I love Mums and tuck them around my home and garden, but there are so many other options that will add interest, color and texture through the season.

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Annuals

There are some incredible options for annuals that do well in both containers and the garden. Next time you visit your local nursery, take a look at the Ornamental Grasses, Ornamental Peppers, Millet, Ornamental Kale, and Winter Pansies.

When the temps officially cool down for fall, I love to plant Winter Pansies in the garden. These Pansies add fall color, will overwinter and bounce back in spring. It’s a great way to save a few bucks because you won’t need to purchase them again in spring if you plan ahead now. Pansies do not last through the dog days of summer so you’ll get more out of them by planting them in fall!

Best Plants for the Fall Garden

Perennials

While annuals provide seasonal color, I plant perennials as much as possible because they return yearly and add color without having to plant every year. Perennials I love to add to for fall color include: Asters, Ornamental Grass, Japanese Anemones, Sedums and Joe Pye Weed.

While it is true they are a little more work because they need to be cleaned up in fall or spring, they attract lots of pollinators including butterflies, hummingbirds and bees. And if you plan it well, you can have a succession of blooms through the entire growing season.

Sedum Autumn Joy

My favorite fall blooming perennial is Sedum Autumn Joy. It is a four season, low-maintenance plant that is super easy to propagate. It adds greenery to the garden in spring, color and texture with its chartreuse flower buds in summer, they produce an array of pink blooms throughout fall and the dried seed heads add winter interest. Not to mention, I use the dried seed heads in floral arrangements and winter container plantings.

Want to increase your stock? Dig and divide these plants or take a cutting and plant it directly in the ground – it’s that easy to propagate!

Sedum Autumn Joy

Sedum Autumn Joy

Late Flowering Trees and Shrubs

Since fall is a great time to plant, consider adding late flowering trees and shrubs to add fall color without the extra work of planting annuals. Shrubs and trees help anchor smaller plants in the garden and provide interest through the changing seasons. When I consider flowering trees and shrubs, I also look at what their foliage does in fall.

Some late flowering trees and shrubs that I have and love are: Caryopteris, Callicarpa, Oak Leaf Hydrangea, Hydrangea Paniculata, and Burning Bush (doesn’t flower but the foliage is absolutely incredible in fall). There are  many others so do your research for what grows best in your climate.

 

Oak Leaf Hydrangea

As much as I love the flowers, I grow Oak Leaf Hydrangea for this beautiful fall foliage.

Now Let’s Tour My Garden and Talk Fall Plantings

So I picked up a few plants this week at the nursery. Not that I have much room in some of my borders, but hey, I’ll make them fit! They look so amazing and I can’t wait to show you!

Front Garden

When I went to the nursery this week, I picked up some Asters and annual Ornamental Grass. The Asters really grabbed my attention because they are a gorgeous shade of purple. I had to have them! I also picked up some Ornamental Grass because I love how the fronds adds much movement to the front border.

Since this border spans the width of my house, I bought five plants of each for the front border. When designing a garden, plant in odd numbers. Odd numbers are more aesthetically pleasing to the eye.

The biggest change to this garden is my freshly painted front door! Doesn’t it look great? I spent Labor Day Weekend changing it from red to black. I chose a soft black, which almost looks more like a dark charcoal gray, but I love how it looks with my garden!

Best Plants for the Fall Garden

The black door compliments my garden more than the red. Looking back at photos of this border, the red front door was distracting to me.

Best Plants for the Fall Garden

The front border after planting the Asters and Ornamental Grass.

Best Plants for the Fall Garden

Sedum Autumn Joy is pinking up and adding to the color and texture to the front garden.

Dahlias

The Dahlias I planted in spring are doing incredible! They are a must have for the garden but are considered tender in NJ. This means they must be dug up and stored for the winter because the tubers will not survive freezing temperatures.

Best Plants for the Fall Garden

While sitting outside enjoying my garden, a beautiful monarch butterfly was enjoying the Sedums.

Rose Mallow

The Rose Mallow I planted in spring produced these gorgeous blooms this week. They are about 8″ in diameter. They look stunning!

Best Plants for the Fall Border

Love how this section of the front entry garden looks right now!

Best Plants for the Fall Garden

Best Plants for the Fall Garden

Love how the purple Asters and Grasses kick up the fall vibe!

Mailbox Garden

To fill in the holes where I cut back my Daylillies, I tucked in 2 Asters to flank the Sedum and they look awesome!!! I love that it adds that vibrant purple color where my Jackmanii Clematis is fading.

Best Plants for the Fall Garden

I absolutely love how the Sedum envelope the mailbox! This photo was taken before tucking in the Asters.

Best Plants for the Fall Garden

Because I love this purple color in mailbox garden, these Asters are the perfect addition. They will help maintain that vibrant purple while the Clematis blooms fade out.

Best Plants for the Fall Garden

I love how the Sedums look at sunset. Have I mentioned how happy I am that I painted that front door black?

Well Garden

The Well Garden is starting to wind down. My Phlox and Peonies are starting to get a powdery mildew so I’ll need to cut them back soon to neaten up the bed.

Right now, the stunners in this garden are Caryopteris and Callicarpa. Caryopteris is a gorgeous late summer flowering shrub with these bluish-purple blooms. The bees love this shrub and it looks amazing paired with my Zebra Grass and Smoketree.

In addition to Caryopteris, Callicarpa, aka Beautyberry, has grown the purple berries I told you about a few blogs ago. This is one of the main reasons I love this shrub – check out the photos below to see why.

Best Plants for the Fall Garden

They Peonies are starting to suffer from powdery mildew. But Smoketree and Zebra Grass continue to put on a show with their foliage.

Best Plants for the Fall Garden

I love how Caryopteris pairs with my Zebra Grass and Smoketree.

Best Plants for the Fall Garden

Zebra Grass has grown so large is it now covering my garden decor.

Caryopteris

Caryopteris Blooms

Best Plants for the Fall Garden

These are the beautiful purple berries on Callicarpa. Aren’t they gorgeous? Love love love this shrub!

Backyard Gardens

Nothing says fall more than my backyard borders right now. They look so festive and amazing! I noticed some of the Hostas and Raspberry leaves are starting to brown. Combined with the Sedum, Ornamental Grass and Joe Pye Weed, this garden is totally giving me the fall feels!

As I walked these beds, I noticed my double flowering Impatiens are starting to yellow and lose their leaves. This is a sign they are almost done for the season. Since these plants are finishing out their summer show, my container gardens are starting to say good-night.

Best Plants for the Fall Garden

This might be my favorite spot of the backyard border. The color and texture of the foliage is incredible!

Best Plants for the Fall Garden

Sedum Autumn Joy and the Ornamental Grass are totally giving me the fall feels in the shed and fire pit garden.

Japanese Anemone

I was given these Japanese Anemones from a local gardener two years ago. I planted them immediately but they did not return at all last year. Not even a leaf! This year, it grew these beautiful blooms! It was such a nice surprise!

Endless Summer Hydrangea

The first full bloom of the Endless Summer Hydrangea. I’m going to wrap these in a few weeks to protect them better from the harsh NJ winter. Hopefully, it will produce more blooms next year!

Best Plants for the Fall Garden

View of the lower deck garden and container plantings. My containers are becoming less vibrant as the temps cool down.

Best Plants for the Fall Garden

I love how full and lush the deck looks with my container gardens! It’s still my favorite place to hang!

What Do You Think?

I am so excited to get back to the nursery and add fall touches to my home and garden. What was your favorite garden this week? I would love to know – let me know what you think in the comments here. And be sure to follow me @bricksnblooms on Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram where I share lots of the behind-the-scenes of my home, garden and personal life.

Best Plants for the Fall Garden

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Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed this week’s garden tour and appreciate you joining me! If you missed a few tours or want to see how the garden has progressed during the growing season, you can see them here:

Thank you for following along. Happy planting – enjoy your day! xo

September 12, 2019

Stacy Ling

Stacy Ling is a master gardener who loves home decor and creating beautiful spaces. She provides easy-to-follow, easy-to-do garden, home decor, lifestyle & DIY inspo.

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