To help ensure that you enjoy rich hues of red, yellow, and orange this fall, here are 6 plants to leverage in your garden design:
This beautiful plant is popular for its summer flowering shades of white and pink, but it has so much more to offer. In the fall, it produces stunning purple/red shades that provide that rich, deep color that you look for in autumn. Dogwood is best planted in areas that are reasonably moist, but in soil that has decent drainage.
Chokeberry is another popular favorite that is beautiful across multiple seasons. Springtime brings delicate white flowers that grow into red fruit in late summer, and then in fall the chokeberry produces brilliantly colored orange and red foliage. You can plant it almost anywhere, but keep garden design space in mind as it can grow up to 10 feet tall and 6 feet wide.
3. Amur Maple
Maple colors are an iconic part of fall, and the Amur maple provides just these famous shades. This small tree (or large shrub, depending on how you prune it) offers bright and rich red leaves in the fall. Be sure to prune the Amur maple back though, as it can grow up to 25 feet tall.
Sumac is widely known for two of its characteristics: its bright red foliage in the fall and its year-round heartiness. Incorporate this fall beauty into your garden design carefully though, as it spreads extremely easily. Its ability to spread quickly makes sumac a tough plant for small spaces.
Serviceberry is another multi-season favorite, offering white flowers in the spring, scrumptious summer fruits, and lovely orange/red leaves come fall. This plant can grow up to 20 feet tall without pruning.
Fothergilla is one of those underused plants that simply doesn’t get enough glory. This relatively hearty shrub offers honey-scented flowers combined with deep blue/green leaves in the spring (and part of summer), and then turns into a cascade of orange and gold in the fall. It can grow up to 6 feet in height but can be pruned smaller for small landscape design spaces.
Multi-Season Garden Design
Fall is but one of our beautiful Philly gardening seasons. So while planting for fall is a great idea to extend quality outdoor time further, it shouldn’t be your only concern. An ideal landscape design will incorporate and carefully place plants across your garden that will offer you beauty across all seasons. It’s an art of course, and one that takes experience and knowledge. Let our background in seasonal planting work for you—give us a call here at Blue Tree Landscaping today.