As the weather turns into fall and eventually winter, you don’t want to stop enjoying your garden, right? Naturally, you’ll have some clean up and fall maintenance work to get done. However, you should still be able to enjoy your outdoor space no matter the weather.
Plan a garden that’s designed for autumn beauty — and even beyond autumn.
If you plan a garden around hardscaping, the beauty persists no matter the weather. That’s where a pretty rock garden comes in.
You have many options for choosing rocks for your garden. Choose attractive large rocks or boulders in an odd number, and have them set up as if they tumbled down naturally. Use smaller rocks as filler.
For the landscaping, look for plants that showcase fall beauty. For example, Home and Garden TV suggests planting mountain laurel, hydrangea, rock rose, and fuchsia for fall flowers. You can also choose ornamental grasses for that alpine look and to add textural interest to your rock garden.
Evergreens also look attractive through the seasons. Don’t picture gigantic pine trees — though those are an option. You can choose dwarf species, too.
Evergreen gardens can be monochromatic, which is very chic. In that case, choose a selection of trees, shrubs, and dwarf species in different heights and shapes but in the same color. Have them planted so they show off their beauty in layers. You can also add hardscaping elements, such as statuary or water fountains, for added beauty.
Despite their name, evergreens also come in different shades. You can add an extra element of beauty by choosing evergreen trees, shrubs, and dwarf species of varying hues. If going this route, look for a cohesive feature, such as shape, to repeat throughout the garden.
Fall Color Garden
Some plants have long growing seasons, and others show their best colors in the fall. You can use both of these to create a showy fall garden with lots of color.
For this plan, start with an anchor plant, most likely a tree or shrub that features showy fall colors. Naturally, Japanese maple is a prime option, but tiger eye sumac, witch hazel, and sweetspire are attractive shrub choices for fall color.
Fill around your tree or shrub with two types of plant. One should be long-lived flowers like the above-mentioned options that bloom well into autumn. The second plant should be a selection of ornamental grasses. All add textural beauty, but some such as blue fescue, Miscanthus, and blue oat grass also add color.
If you add all of the above elements together along with some winter beauty plants, you have a four-season garden.
For this style of garden, choose an anchor plant that bears fruit because these maintain their visual interest even into the winter. Holly and winterberry are prime choices. However, you could also plant an ornamental crab apple tree. These offer gorgeous blossoms in spring, lush foliage in summer and fall, and fruit that you can leave on the tree through the winter.
For a four-season garden, you should still include long-lived flowers and ornamental grasses. You can also incorporate a bush that shows fall color. However, you can add another layer of color and textural interest with plants such as ornamental cabbage and kale. These look beautiful long into the winter months.
Add a firepit to any of the above garden designs, and your yard will be primed for your continued enjoyment.
Don’t give up on your yard as the weather cools. Call Estate Landscape with your ideas to incorporate hardscape and landscape elements into a garden that looks attractive into the fall, and beyond.