The Early Fall Landscape
It’s early Fall in the Mid-Atlantic area of the U.S. and we have a landscape that is changing colors right before our eyes! From majestic trees like oak and maple, to barberry shrubs, and perennials such as Chrysanthemums, a kaleidoscope of colors has enveloped our garden! Oak trees provide the gold and burnt orange colors in our fall garden. They also provide habitat and food for hundreds of species, such as squirrels, birds, butterflies, and insects.
Tall trees along the back border display red, yellow, and burnt orange leaves. They also provide privacy and beautiful vistas all year long.
Barberry shrubs add interest to our Fall garden because they produce berries in the Fall. We have mockingbirds that build their nest right next to the Barberry shrub every year. We are sure that the mockingbirds are enjoying the berries each Fall. Barberry Shrub is a very low maintenance shrub that has many uses in your landscape. Here are 3 ways Barberry shrub can improve your landscape:
- If you would like to create a natural fence along your property line, Barberry shrub is a good choice. It provides color year-round, and it has stickers which discourage deer and humans from crossing the natural fence of barberry shrubs.
- If you grow vegetables, bees love Barberry shrub! It blooms small yellow flowers in early summer, which attracts honey bees.
- Barberry is very easy to maintain. Prune with pruning shears, such as Fiskars 25-33 Inch Power-Lever Extendable Hedge Shear (9169), to maintain shape. Fertilize with organic fertilizer Espoma PT18 Plant Tone, 18-Pound in early Spring.
Beautiful Fall colors are enhanced by shrubs that produce red berries. Golden Barberry shrub adds interest to your landscape because it changes colors with the seasons. Leaves are green in the Spring, yellow in the Summer, and turn reddish orange in the Fall.
To learn more about Barberry shrubs, click here.
Burning Bush is one of the most stunning shrubs ever! In the Fall, the leaves turn from green to a brilliant red! The shrubs are very easy to maintain; just prune them annually and give them lots of sun, and in return, Burning Bush will give you brilliant red leaves in the Fall.
Chrysanthemums, or “mums” as they are commonly called, are colorful perennials that bloom in the Fall. They provide a multitude of colors to the Fall landscape. We like burgundy, gold, and magenta mums.
Our Magenta mum provides a unique color in our Fall landscape. We are always super excited when it blooms!
This photo shows the Magenta Mum several years ago, when the surrounding plants were much smaller.
To learn more about the care and feeding of mums, click here.
Believe it or not, annuals will continue to bloom throughout Fall until the first hard frost. Red Salvia provide a burst of red to the Fall garden.
Red Salvia has beautiful red spiked flowers that attract hummingbirds to your garden! Even in the early Fall, you will see a few hummingbirds stop at your Red Salvia as they make their migration to warmer climates. Red Salvia like morning sun. Red Salvia will continue to bloom until the first hard frost, temperature below 32 degrees overnight. Here are 3 tips to keep Red Salvia blooming until the first hard frost:
- Continue to prune dead blooms using quality pruning shears, such as Fiskars Traditional Bypass Pruning Shears (91095935J), as shown in the video below.
- Continue to fertilize every few weeks, using our favorite organic fertilizer – Espoma FT18 Flower Tone, 18-Pound
- Continue to water Red Salvia as needed. The leaves will begin to droop when the plant needs water. To learn when to water plants, click here.
To learn more about growing Red Salvia, click here.
When planning your landscape, be sure to include plants that bloom in the Fall, or change colors in the Fall. It adds to the beauty and splendor of the Fall season. For beginner gardeners, plan your garden so that you have color and interest all year long. It’s Gardening Time!
Check your local Home Depot, Lowes or online Burpee Gardening for their selection of Trees, Shrubs, and Chrysanthemum! To learn how to plant, fertilize and prune your way to a gorgeous garden, subscribe to our YouTube channel!