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28 Fall Garden Ideas & Tips

Whether you're selecting new plants, caring for your landscape or looking for design ideas, here's lots of inspiration for making the most of your fall garden.

What Plants Go in a Fall Garden?

Don't worry, the growing season doesn't have to be over yet! While it may be time to say goodbye to vegetable gardening, there are many ornamental plants that provide interest well into fall. 

Check out these plant suggestions for your fall garden:

fall flowers

27 Best Fall Flowers

Use these tried-and-true fall flowers to brighten up your landscape with a final burst of color before the season winds down.

fall perennials

Fall-Blooming Perennials & Grasses

Utilizing plants that bloom, develop brightly colored fruit or have great foliage color is a great way to keep your garden looking fresh.

fall shrubs

Fall-Blooming Shrubs

Learn about what shrubs you can add to your garden to get fresh late summer and fall color for your garden, year after year.

fall foliage plants

Magical Fall Foliage

Don't forget the foliage! Use these Proven Winners foliage varieties in your fall garden.

fall landscape plants

10 Season-Extenders for Fall Landscapes

Create a bounty of beauty this fall with season-extending annuals, perennials and shrubs.

shrubs with berries

10 Berry-Producing Shrubs

Leaves get all the credit in autumn, but berries also bring a whole new range of colors, forms, and interest to the landscape.


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More plants for fall:

Fall Garden Videos

Watch Laura of Garden Answer put together a fall window basket.

Find more fall videos in this playlist: Autumn Garden Projects with Garden Answer.

Fall Planting & Care 

Fall is a great time to plant both shrubs and perennials. If you live in a cold area, plant in early fall so there's no risk of an unexpected cold snap damaging your new plants. Fall is also a good time for maintenance and cleanup around the garden. Make sure your garden tools are in tip-top shape and consider mulching to enrich the soil. 

Check out these resources for more tips on fall planting and care:

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  • Why Plant in Fall?
    You may have heard that fall is a great time for planting shrubs, trees, and perennials. This article explains why that is true.
  • Fall Watering Tips
    Learn how to determine if your plants need supplemental water in fall and if they do, how much and how often to water.
  • Pruning Demystified
    Fall often is not the best time to prune your shrubs. Find more information about timing here. 
  • 10 Fall Gardening Tasks
    Here are ten essential fall tasks to finish before the snow flies to ensure your garden will shine next spring.
  • Put Your Beds to Bed
    One of the most important jobs in fall is getting your garden beds ready for winter. 
  • 5 Hydrangeas to Plant this Fall
    Hydrangeas are extremely popular and the cool season of fall is the best time to plant them! 
  • How to Prune Your Hydrangea
    Itching to prune your hydrangeas this fall? Follow these 3 steps to ensure your success.
  • How to Care for Ornamental Grasses
    The most common questions we get about ornamental grasses care are when and how to plant, cut back and divide. 
  • Planting Spring-Flowering Bulbs
    Plant spring-blooming bulbs in the fall as soon as possible after you receive them.

Design Ideas for Your Fall Garden 

fall containers

Fall containers for your porch, patio or deck: 

Fall Potted Plants
There are some special considerations when it comes to containers for fall color.

Fall Container Recipes for Warm Climates
Let’s take a look at five non-traditional container recipes for southern gardens that reflect the warm mood and rich textures of the season.

Container Garden Recipe Search
See over 800 different plant combinations for pots, hanging baskets, window boxes and more. 

Landscape inspiration for autumn and beyond:

Creating Fabulous Fall Gardens
For many of us fall is a great season to decorate before freezing weather and celebrate the holidays as temperatures cool off. 

5 Ways to Boost Fall Color
No one wants to see summer’s splendor end, but your garden can continue to be bursting with vibrant colors well into fall.

Ideas for Growing a Goth Garden
Do you find dark plants intriguing? Could your garden use a little more mystery?

10 Low-Cost DIY Garden Projects
Fall and winter are good times to consider non-plant garden projects. The pumpkin vase and leaf print napkins are perfect for this time of year. 

How to Plant Your Garden for Continuous Color
If you are anything like me, the dream is to have a gorgeous garden regardless of the time of year. 

Want more seasonal gardening ideas? 

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