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Fall Landscape Design Tips

It finally feels like fall – which means now is a great time to check out our list of fall landscape design tips. Here are some ideas selected by our landscape architects to get you inspired.

We’ll help you select fall plants, update your landscape, and prepare for the cooler months ahead.

Fall Favorites – Landscape Architect Approved!

First, you want to pull out your tired, buggy annual bed plants and replace them with:

  • Pansies
  • Violets
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Ornamental kale and cabbage

With the exception of chrysanthemums, these plants should continue to provide garden color and interest well into the winter.

Fall Landscape Design Tips - Fall Favorites - Landscape Architect Approved

Next, change over deck and patio containers to:

  • Pansies
  • Coral Bells
  • Verbena
  • Lobelia

These plants thrive in the cooler temperatures and provide a nice splash of flower color until frost.

Prepare for winter months

Fall Landscape Design Tips - Prepare for Winter Months

Did you know, if you take a few extra steps now, you can assure a beautiful spring yard? Before the first snow, you’ll want to:

  • Aerate and dethatch the lawn
  • Apply a dose of fertilize and weed preventer
  • Mow one final time
  • Remove weeds from lawn and planting beds
  • Remove leaves from the yard
  • Trim dead and overgrown tree limbs
  • Cut back perennials

Want to know more? Check out 7 Lawn Care Tips to Do Right Now.

Plant Spring Bulbs

Fall Landscape Design Tips - Plant Spring Bulbs

Do you like to plan ahead? Well, you can also plant ahead. You can get your spring-flowering bulbs in the ground now, so they can acclimate and harden-off before winter.

Here are some suggestions:

  • Tulips
  • Daffodils
  • Allium
  • Crocus
  • Dutch Iris
  • Fritillaria
  • Grape Hyacinth
  • Snowdrops
  • Bluebells
  • Spider Lily
  • Starflower
  • Anemone

If you’d like specific tips for planting bulbs, check out our blog post from last year, Best Bulbs for Fall Planting or The Old Farmer’s Almanac for a zone growing chart.

Hopefully these ideas from our landscape architects inspire you. Now, all of you weekend warriors, get outside and enjoy fall gardening! 

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