Everyone loves summer gardens and once this season is over, it may seem as if the only thing that remains is to put gardens to sleep.
Well, that’s simply not true. Your garden can become a canvas for the artistry of fall and all you need is a couple of fall garden ideas.
I’ve prepared 12 of them, so I’m sure you’ll find at least one for yourself!
Let’s get started!
1. Add Mums To Front Porch
A fall garden is simply not complete without mums aka chrysanthemums. These plants are commonly grown in containers, so they can make an excellent addition to your front porch.
The only thing you need to pay attention to is to put your mums where they can get enough direct light; these are sun-loving plants and won’t reach their full potential in shady spots.
There are so many varieties of mums and they come in numerous colors; if you need some orange, Fireglow Bronze is the variety for you. Stellar Red will enrich your garden with red hues whereas Avalon Golden will make sure your landscape doesn’t lack yellow.
2. Add Window Boxes
Front porches, balconies, or patios may look dull during the fall and winter months, but you can cheer things up by adding window boxes.
If you live in milder climates, plants such as violas, pansies, or asters will thrive in window boxes and bring a pop of color to your landscape.
3. Plant Native Flowers
There are numerous reasons to grow native plants in gardens. These species are well-adapted to local conditions and show excellent resistance to drought and diseases, plus they attract beneficial insects and pollinators to our gardens.
Asters and goldenrod plants can be grown in almost all regions. These are perennial plants and you can start them in either spring or fall.
Ironweed and milkweed are also great choices because they look captivating and are true magnets for pollinators!
4. Make Raised Beds
Raised garden beds are the perfect way to use space and control certain conditions. For instance, you can use the preferred soil type, which enables you to grow various plant species.
Additionally, you don’t need to kneel that much, so gardening chores aren’t too hard anymore.
Temperatures are decreasing in fall and you can use this opportunity to start plants that prefer cooler weather. Be careful because some veggies don’t grow well in raised beds; rhubarb and tomatoes are some examples.
Go with onions, garlic, leafy greens, and eggplants instead.
5. Use Hanging Baskets
Hanging baskets will infuse your outdoor space with the warm, inviting spirit of fall. I believe many of you already have hanging pots in your gardens that were filled with colorful annuals during the summer.
If you want these baskets to look just as beautiful, simply plant some perennial and hardy species.
Pansies make a perfect choice for these pots but you can also spice things up with some ornamental grasses.
6. Grow Croton Plants
Colorful crotons are true stars of outdoor container gardens. You’ll get the best effect if you plant them in larger pots that are about 10 or 12 inches in diameter.
These plants can also be combined with mums or purple fountain grass to add a dramatic touch to your garden.
7. Plant Seasonal Veggies
There’s no need to say goodbye to your veggie gardens when the summer ends. Surprisingly, growing fall vegetables can be just as effortless, if not easier, than tending to their summer counterparts.
For instance, tomato plants can wither in the face of colder temperatures, but there are numerous vegetable plants that not only tolerate the chill of fall but actively thrive in it.
So, if you’ve ever wondered about the possibilities of extending your gardening season, now is the perfect time to explore the world of fast-growing fall vegetables, offering you a chance to savor the rewards of your garden well into the cozy days of fall.
8. Add Potted Trees
Many growers think that container gardening is reserved for ornamental plants only. Well, small tree species can also be grown in pots and make your garden even more attractive.
Japanese maples or dwarf fruit trees can be used to create a stunning and attention-grabbing fall focal point right on your patio or porch.
The main benefit of this method is that it’s suitable even for growers who don’t have space in their yards to grow trees.
9. Add Corn Stalks
You can get your landscape to a whole new level by adding corn stalks. No matter if they’re store-bought or cultivated in your garden, they’ll do an incredible job.
These majestic plants can be used to accentuate potted beauties such as ornamental grasses, asters, or heather, resulting in a picturesque and rustic fall display.
10. Use Dried Flower Arrangements
The dry blossoms from your summer garden can be used as a centerpiece that pays homage to the season’s rich palette.
For instance, hydrangeas look simply breathtaking when dried, so you can arrange them with dry wheat and put them on tables or next to mini pumpkins on your front porch.
11. Use Foliage To Make A Garland
Here’s a delightful and eco-friendly project! Simply take a lot of foliage from your garden and craft it into a stunning seasonal garland.
Branches and leaves found on trees and shrubs have different colors and textures, so you can breathe new life into your surroundings using natural elements.
You can hang these garlands indoors to add a charming touch to your living space or drape them outdoors to celebrate the season with neighbors (or make them green with envy).
12. Grow Plants In Pumpkins
The last and definitely the most interesting idea I would like to share with you is growing plants in pumpkins.
Not only will you get a splendid garden display but you’ll also save some money. You only need some soil and the desired plant; I recommend growing annuals with a shorter life cycle because pumpkins will last for a couple of weeks.
That’s it! Your fall garden can be as beautiful as it was in summer if you use any of these ideas. Of course, the more space you have, the more ideas you can use, the sky’s the limit!