Gardening for Fall Color

Firespike

Firespike in bloom

Autumn is a time of beautiful warm colors that brighten the landscape before the grays and browns of winter take over. Changing temperature, day length, and plant pigments all combine to create the colors of fall. When choosing plants for the fall landscape, select a few accent plants with interesting color.

Certain annuals, such as petunias, pansies, and snapdragons, will bloom in the next few months.

Perennials that color the fall include salvia, firespike, and chrysanthemum. Plants that produce berries, such as the American beautyberry and holly, will brighten your landscape and attract hungry migrating birds.

Trees whose leaves provide lovely autumn color include cypress, dogwood, hickory, and maple. Enliven your landscape with the colors of fall!

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