Autumn is a perfect time to add colour and plant for spring. Many trees and shrubs can be planted during autumn, so gardeners can enjoy spring blooms without waiting a whole year.
Although spring is widely considered prime planting season, autumn is actually an optimal time for gardeners to add colour and plot a vision for next year’s landscape.
“Autumn is the perfect time to assess landscaping needs and fill any gaps that exist in your landscape,” says Bailey Nurseries horticulturist Natalia Hamill. “And while you’re at it, you can add plants that provide a pop of colour – like a throw pillow for your garden.”
Top Autumn Landscaping Tips
- Take inventory: Decide what, and where, your landscape is lacking and plug the gaps now. Depending on plant type and local climate, you’ll be able to enjoy a full, bursting garden as early as next spring.
- Multi-season interest: Consider adding plants that offer colour for more than one season. Examples include hydrangeas with blooms from late spring through autumn.
- Attention to temperature: Different plants react in varied ways to temperature swings, so minding your region’s weather patterns is a must. For Ireland, you can check out the plant hardiness zone map here which shows gardeners how to adjust to their particular climate.
- Look long-term: Achieving the ideal landscape doesn’t happen overnight. Establish a vision for what you want your garden to look like, then understand that many trees and shrubs take several years to reach mature size. The results are well worth the wait.
Here are some plants which provide instant colour in autumn and can keep a landscape looking beautiful for years to come afterward:
These bright yellow stems shine all winter. Berries form in late summer amid Dogwood’s lush green leaves.
The wood of Dogwood is very hard, and throughout history it has been used for arrows, charcoal and gunpowder. The young, new stems of dogwood are bright yellow, a natural defense against sunlight.
Ninebark’s orange, yellow and golden hues are a perfect fit for autumn.
New spring leaves are also full of glowing tones and delicate white blooms.
Exquisite pink flowers bloom in early summer then re-emerge in autumn.
Autumn flowers appear down the stem for a full, rich appearance and pop of pink, and the leaves turn burgundy red during autumn.
After providing great summer flower colour, these leaves turn a rich, deep red – the ideal touch for an autumn landscape.
These plants are showstoppers and extremely popular.
Homeowners can usher in autumn early with these crimson leaves. In spring, bright red flowers appear. These plants are the stuff of autumnal garden dreams.
All through autumn, you can have shrubs and trees that have better blooms, colourful foliage, compact shapes and multiple seasons of interest. They can provide rich colour during the autumn months. Happy planting!