Looking for some ways to brighten up your yard during the cooler fall months? While some foliage will die off, others are designed to shine in the midst of the dropping temperatures and changing weather! Southern Living posted a list of the 10 best plants for southern fall gardens and we couldn’t resist sharing all the great ideas with you! Now that fall is in full force its time to get rid of those dying summer blooms and breath some life back into your garden and spruce up that curb appeal. Having a gorgeous home exterior doesn’t have to be reserved for the warmer months, so hop to it and head on over to your local garden center and pick up some of these beauties today!
The best the fall has to offer! The October glory is sure to bring a ton of great fall color to your yard. Don’t have one? These are pretty common in the south so you can see them brightening roadways and nature trails all over! And why not? Look how gorgeous they are! if you decide you want to get one of these for your yard, make sure to leave enough room they can grow to 50-6o feet tall and the best time to plant them is in September. They can be found at most garden centers and would be a gorgeous, colorful addition to your fall landscape!
Plentifall Pansies are a great variety of pansy to plant during the cooler months. Southern Living says they can withstand temperatures below zero with little damage so they are perfect for areas that might be expecting some winter chill and frost! These plants are the perfect replacement for your warm weather pansy varieties that typically bloom in spring, the Pletifall pansies will bloom from fall to early spring, just in time for you to get your new spring plants in the ground for that year round curb appeal!
The Confederate Rose is the quintessential southern garden addition. These gorgeous blooming shrubs will bring white rose blooms to your yard in late summer and continue flowering throughout the fall with blooms chaning colors with the leaves. They go from white to pink to deep rose red as they age and you can often get all three colors on the plant at once. If you’re looking for a colorful shrub to add to your flower box this fall, this is definitely one to pick up!
While you’re out working on your fall garden, why not do a little prep work for spring! Iceland Poppies are the perfect variety to plant this time of year AND come spring you’ll have beautiful and colorful blooms that will brighten up your yard and breath life back into that winterlandscape you’ve been looking at for a few month. So, while you might not be able to enjoy them immediately, its always great to be a step ahead, right?
A great addition to your fall flower boxes and planters, these bright blue flowers will be the perfect punch of color among the other fall colored foliage that will be found in your yard that time of year. While these may be a little harder to find, they are definitely a fun and beautiful addition to your landscaping. Southern Living Recommends snagging some from nichegardens.com!
Looking for something a little different this fall? Check out pitcher plants! This fun variety has a unique shape and some great coloring to spruce up that landscaping a bit! The best part? They are native to the south AND they can help trap some of those pesky bugs that might be trying to eat your other garden delights! Yep, thats right, the pitcher plant traps and digests bugs, so why not give them a whirl. Make sure you plant them where the soil is more acidic and they get some great sunlight and you’ll be loving this guardians of your garden in no time!
Aren’t these gorgeous? The Spanish Bluebell is another one of those work now enjoy later plants. These bulbs seem to be flying under everyone’s radar but would make a beautiful addition to any spring landscape. So, get to work and plant these bulbs and in the spring you’ll have a garden full of beautiful bluebells standing around 15 to 20 inches in height. Whats not to love?
It seems weird, but moss is a great way to keep the greenery in your yard year-round. Southern Living suggests, in areas where it might be harder to keep your grass alive, that you try growing moss there instead, especially if its shady and has a lot of ground moisture. Additionally, moss is a fun way to add some green in your potted plant displays as well, check out the picture to the left, it looks like a perfectly sculpted plant! Such a cool way to add color and texture to your outdoor space if you don’t really want to have many flowering plants around, or want something a little more clean and modern.
This flowering plant will bring you color for several months of the year. Blooming in late fall with these brightly colored flowers, the Spider Lilly will continue to provide you color until the late summer months, so why not splurge a little for some lasting color! You can usually find these bulbs to plant in late spring and they will last for years!
The perfect additions to your fall garden: greens! From Kale, to Lettuce and Collards all the way to the mustard plant, these leafy greens will bring some vibrant color and gorgeous texture to your fall and winter landscaping! The best varieties of lettuce to try are Bib Lettuce, Oak Leaf, and Red Sails, while your best varieties of mustard plants are red giant and Savannah. When picking the best kale varieties try Lacinato, Redbor, Red Russian, and Winterbor, and finally with the collards your best varities will be Champion and Georgia Southern.
So, if you were having a shortage of ideas for adding to the fall foliage, fear not, we’ve got ya covered. From flowering blossoms to leafy greens and everything in between, there is sure to be something on this list that suits your taste, so, happy planting!