Fall is just around the corner, and with it a familiar and nostalgic routine. Kids are going back to school; football season is starting; the leaves are turning red and gold; sweaters get unpacked from closets, and the smell of cinnamon and spices wafts through the air.
Atlanta is the perfect climate for many varieties of flowers, shrubs, and trees. This means that there are countless fall landscaping ideas you can choose from. We’ve put together a few ideas to help inspire you, and spark your imagination.
Container Gardening – Perfect for Late-Season Bouquets
Beautiful gold pansies, petunias, and violas keep their blooms during the fall, and come in many colors. These flowers easily compliment any lawn, and can be accented with decorative plumes and grasses.
Placing arrangements of flowers in containers adds variety to your lawn. Purchase unique containers, and fill them with a mixture of plants for texture.
Mums are a great option for pots, as they come in all kinds of fall colors – deep reds, vibrant oranges, golds, and sometimes mixtures of all three!
When your flowers are at their peak, you can cut and place them into vases as gifts for friends, family, or co-workers as beautiful, truly seasonal bouquets.
If they aren’t a hazard, keep your tree stumps! They’re the perfect natural ‘table’ for container gardens any time of year. During the fall, set up arrangements of decorative gourds on tree stumps.
Use Color and Contrast to Your Advantage
Fall brings a wonderful assortment of bronzes, golds, and reds to landscapes. Plant a landscape which stands out at any time of year, and be rewarded by year-round beauty in your yard.
- Japanese Maples are an elegant tree with bright green or deep red leaves in the spring and summer, fiery orange and red foliage in the fall, and an unmistakable branch profile in the winter.
- The cool colors of evergreen trees are striking at all times of year. When all the surrounding foliage has turned red, orange, or yellow, the blue-green of evergreens will break up the vibrant colors and add structure to your landscape.
- Fothergilla, more commonly known as Witch Alder, is a low-growing shrub which features white flowers during the spring, and is a Georgia native. The leaves turn a festive, brilliant red and orange during the fall.
Add Variety to your Yard with Fall and Winter Vegetables
Winter vegetables are a unique addition to any yard’s landscape. Not only are they different, they are also tasty!
Some fall and winter vegetables include: Kale, cabbage, rhubarb, Swiss or rainbow chard, winter squash, butternut squash, Brussels sprouts if you are very brave, and leeks.
Pumpkins and gourds, of course, are a festive autumn staple. You can easily grow them, and then use them for pies and casseroles, Jack-O’-Lanterns, or front porch decor!
More Fall Landscaping Ideas
- Plant fall blooming flowers in carved-out pumpkins; keep them in their original pots for easy watering and clean-up. Carving fun Halloween faces makes pumpkin planters even more festive.
Tip: To extend your pumpkin’s life, mix a bleach and water solution which can be sprayed on and inside the pumpkin. You can also place the solution into a bucket for the pumpkin to soak thoroughly for about an hour.
- Orange and black are without a doubt the colors of Halloween. You can represent this in your yard by planting patterns of color. Lay down alternating stripes of multi-colored mulch for some variety in your landscape; we’ve got just the wheelbarrow to get that job done. Pansies and petunias both come in black and orange, and can be arranged in whatever pattern best suits your yard.
- Seasonal Lawn decor is also a great option to spruce up a landscape for fall! Metal yard art comes in all shapes and sizes. Choose metalwork such as fall-themed maple leaves, turkey wind vanes, harvest moons, and more.
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Fall is a wonderful time to show off the rich colors of your landscape, and we’d love to help you turn your yard into the festive display you want. Call us, or visit us at one of our five Metro Atlanta locations. We’ve got the tools you need to make your fall landscape dream a reality!