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How to add fall color to a garden

How to Add Bold Color to a Fall Garden

How to add Bold Color to a Fall Garden 

As we switch our wardrobe from shorts and tanks to long sleeves and jeans, we must also switch to fall colors in the garden. Fall colors in the garden can be started in late summer or early autumn. In this blog, we will show you how to spread your dollar to attain the richest and boldest colors in a fall garden.

First, lets talk about how to build a garden bed in fall. First, choose plants that can grow in similar conditions. For example, part shade or full sun plants should be grouped together in the planting bed. Place small plants in the front of the garden (or we call these border plants), and start working next largest behind the border plant, and work up to tallest plant in the back.

A good fall border plant start is the Begonia. Begonias are great for the lowest level and thrive in sun or shade. If you have cuttings, you can plant these in fall. In the winter time, we suggest bringing in before the frost.

Anenome are a great fit behind a border plant. They can adapt to a variety of soils, but like well drained soils. They will bloom in many colors until the first frost. These go a long way, so plant 18″ apart. The Anenome is a great “bang for your buck” type of garden plant.

No fall garden is complete without the bold colors of Chrysanthiumums. They love the morning sun! They also bloom in response to the shortened fall days. We love the Chrysanthiumums for the wide variety of colors, shapes, and textures these beauties behold. You can plan on these blooming through late fall.

You can’t pass a grocery store without seeing rows and rows of Mums for sale. Mums certainly are the flagship plant of the fall. Go ahead and buy some these year, but forget about buying them again. Cut stems down to about 1 ft. in December, and they will come back in spring. They are a hearty plant that will keep coming back if you prune them correctly. They need light watering and plant the roots shallow.

Next in your garden bed, try adding Black Adder. It’s a vertical plant addition, so place these towards the back of the garden bed. Black Adder attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. Important to note, Black Adders can not start from seed, you need to start from cuttings only.

In the very last row of your bold fall garden bed, we suggest a Butterfly Bush, named aptly for the insect they attract most. These can grow 36 to 96″ tall! These will bloom until October.

If you are going to start shopping for bright autumn garden color, only shop when the plants are in bloom! Plants in the same species will look different during the time of year you shop for them. Now is a great time to head to the nursery and design your fall garden bed.

If you’d like assistance from your friends at Bayscape, give us a call! Or visit our Seasonal Colors services page to learn more.

How to add bright color to a fall garden

why plant in fall

Why Smart and Savvy Landscapers Plant Gardens In Fall

If looking out the window at your drab garden elicits a sigh of exasperation rather than admiration, or if scanning your Instagram feed has you envying the lush fall colors of your friend’s tree-lined street in upstate New York – it might be time to rethink your fall garden.

Yes, the peak season for planting is past for this year, and true, California’s Mediterranean climate isn’t exactly synonymous with autumnal colors in the way that, say, the Smokey Mountains in October are.

But, smart landscapers in the San Jose area know that this is actually the ideal time to start planning your next fall garden – especially with oxygen-producing, shade-giving, earth-loving trees! They also know that California-native and California-friendly trees can offer a surprising bounty of fall color.

Here’s what to plant in fall in San Jose, California:

Many native California trees are full of color: the easy-to-grow California Sycamore, for example, with its large trunk and green-to-yellow-to-brown leaves, offers a nice display in fall. The orange, yellow, and red lobed leaves of the California Black Oak can be even more impressive with their multicolored foliage. Cottonwood trees will likely wait until late fall – but before Christmas – to shine.

  • Chinese Pistache trees, while not native to the Golden State, do well here and as a bonus, they don’t require much water. They feature bold red leaves, as does the American Sweet Gum – whose star-shaped leaves also come in a flash of yellow, orange, and burgundy.
  • Other plants, including small trees and shrubs like the multiple varieties of Manzanita, California Buckwheat, Toyon (Christmas Berry), and Squaw Bush Sumac can add depth and visual interest to your fall garden.
  • Planting trees in the San Jose area isn’t exactly rocket science – there are some fairly simple steps you can take to plant a tree yourself. Bayscape also offers a popular Seasonal Color Program that helps you design your planting schemes, helping you create landscaping that makes the best use of color – and fits your vision and budget – for every season of the year.

Whatever you do, don’t waste another moment wishing your fall garden was more vibrant. Get started on next year’s garden, today!