10 Colorful Plants to Brighten up Your Landscape This Fall

10 Colorful Plants to Brighten up Your Landscape This Fall

When autumn arrives, many trees and bushes turn out brilliant shades of red, yellow and orange, but what about all those pretty spring and summer blooms that have reached their peak? 

Though fall is generally a welcomed season weather-wise, we find a lot of homeowners are still yearning for some foliage that keeps their yards pretty into the cooler months. The following plant material would be great additions to your home for that burst of bright color in the fall.


• Maples: October Glory (yellow/orange fall color), Red Sunset (red fall color).
• Sweetgum: Yellow/orange and even some red fall color.
• Eastern Redbud: Brilliant yellow fall color. These trees also bring you the vibrant purple flowers in early spring.


• Euonymous alatus ‘Compactus’ (Burning Bush): This bush will provide the most brilliant red fall color you can find.
• Nandina ‘Firepower’: Red fall color.
• Ornamental grasses: Though not exactly known for color per se, fall is when the grasses develop their plumes that come in different colors, shapes and sizes.

Perennials and annuals

• Sedum: These prolific bloomers start flowering at the end of August and bloom through frost.
• Asters: Brilliant purples and pinks that put on their show when the temperatures start to cool.
• Cabbage/kale: Purple/gray/green bunches that hold their color even after some snowfall.
• Pansies: You can find almost any color your heart desires. Plant the pansies in the fall and they will hold their flowers until the first hard frost. They may look flat and sad through winter, but once spring warms up a bit, so will the pansies. You can get two seasons out of these hardy bloomers.

All of these plants are readily available at your local nursery now. If you have an area that could use some pop in your yard, consider adding one of these plants to extend the interest of your landscape past the spring and summer months.

About this Experts Contributor: Brittany Whalen represents Professional Grounds, Inc., providing landscaping services in Lorton, VirginiaSince 1974, Professional Grounds has specialized in planting, patios, walkways, retaining walls, hardscapes, water features and more. You can follow this contributor on Twitter @ProGrounds and on Google+.

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