Autumn Landscape Ideas

Raised-bed planters built into the slope make an attractive solution when you have a change in grade. An umbrella-shape Japanese maple arches over a “lawn” of liriope groundcover. Chartreuse Japanese forestgrass accompanies the duo.

Strategically spaced steppingstones across the stream are part of the pathway to the secluded pergola. Repeated use of potted papyrus and Japanese maples ties together all levels of the water feature
‘Sango-kaku’ coralbark maple brightens fall scenery with its golden foliage. As autumn winds and rains strip the leaves from twigs, its vibrant red bark shines through. It adds interest to the yard all winter long.
As the path continues through a more open, sunny section of the yard that slopes down, ornamental grasses continue to play a starring role in the plant palette. Dwarf ‘Hameln’ fountaingrass in the foreground explodes with texture and is surrounded by pink heather, a rose-color chrysanthemum, and a pink lacecap hydrangea. Across the pathway, lavender and black-eyed Susans lead to a clump of maidengrass and ‘Yaku Jima’ miscanthus
M – Weeping White Spruce
C – Eulalia Grass Flame Grass: height: 3-4′ zone: 4 habit: erect: Compact cultivar with pale green blades turning outstanding orange-red color in the fall.
E  – Sunflower (Helianthus x multiflorus ‘Flore Pleno
Flore Pleno’ sunflower grows 5-7 feet tall and 30 inches wide and features a multistemmed habit brimming with unique double blooms.
L – Helenium Moreheim
B – Switchgrass
‘Shenandoah’ switchgrass grows about 4 feet tall and very straight, but it easily sways in the wind without flopping. Its bright green foliage turns maroon in fall.
D – New England Aster Alma Potschke
K – Little Bluestem
N – Chrysanthemum – Pink Bomb
Chrysanthemum × rubellum ‘Clara Curtis’
Chrysanthemum Clara Curtis
H – Daylily Happy Returns – like Stella but lemon yellow
‘Happy Returns’ daylily is a repeat bloomer, just like its famous parent ‘Stella d’Oro’, but it has lemon yellow flowers instead of golden yellow. It reaches about 2 feet tall.
J – Gaura
‘Siskiyou Pink’ gaura grows 18-24 inches tall but is airy enough to see through. From June till frost it offers many rose-pink flowers well above the foliage.
G – Prairie Grass
O – Aster – Purple Dome
P – Sargent Crabapple
Q – Joe Pye Weed
‘Gateway’ Joe Pye weed is a tall plant with a colorful presence, thanks to huge (up to 18 inches wide) flower heads that are favored by butterflies.
‘Purple Dome’ New England aster is a dwarf perennial that grows 18 inches tall and 30 inches wide. It is mildew resistant and features mounds of deep-purple flowers.
Plant List: (A) Stonecrop (Sedum telephium ‘Matrona’; Zones 4-9). (B) Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum ‘Shenandoah’; Zones 5-9. (C) Eulalia grass (Miscanthus sinensis var. purpurascens; Zones 4-9). (D) New England aster (Aster novae-angliae ‘Alma Potschke’; Zones 4-8). (E) Sunflower (Helianthus x multiflorus ‘Flore Pleno”; Zones 5-9). (F) Rose (Rosa ‘Purple Pavement’; Zones 5-8). (G) Prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis; Zones 3-9). (H) Daylily (Hemerocallis ‘Happy Returns’; Zones 3-9). (I) Coreopsis (Coreopsis ‘Limerock Ruby’; Zones 4-9). (J) Gaura (Gaura lindheimeri ‘Siskiyou Pink’; Zones 6-9). (K) Little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium ‘The Blues’; Zones 5-9). (L) Helenium (Helenium ‘Moerheim Beauty’; Zones 4-8). (M) Weeping white spruce (Picea glauca ‘Pendula’; Zones 3-6). (N) Chrysanthemum (Dendranthema weyrichii ‘Pink Bomb’; Zones 4-7). (O) New England aster (Aster novae-angliae ‘Purple Dome’; Zones 4-8).
Plant List: (B) Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum ‘Shenandoah’; Zones 5-9). (C) Eulalia grass (Miscanthus sinensis var. purpurascens; Zones 4-9). (E)Sunflower (Helianthus x multiflorus ‘Flore Pleno’; Zones 5-9). (F) Rose (Rosa ‘Purple Pavement’; Zones 5-8). (H) Daylily (Hemerocallis ‘Happy Returns’; Zones 3-9). (I) Coreopsis (Coreopsis ‘Limerock Ruby’; Zones 4-9). (J) Gaura (Gaura lindheimeri ‘Siskiyou Pink’; Zones 6-9). (L) Helenium (Helenium ‘Moerheim Beauty’; Zones 4-8). (N) Chrysanthemum (Dendranthema weyrichii ‘Pink Bomb’; Zones 4-7). (O) New England aster (Aster novae-angliae ‘Purple Dome’; Zones 4-8). (P) Sargent crab apple (Malus sargentii; zones 4-8). (Q) Joe Pye weed (Eupatorium fistulosum ‘Gateway’; Zones 3-7).

Filled with a variety of annuals, perennials, and shrubs, this easy-care garden will make your landscape look beautiful from spring to fall.

Garden Size: 10 x 16 feet

A – Crested Iris Groundcover
B. Sweet Alyssum – Annual
C.  Sedum Autumn Joy
D.  Feather Reedgrass – Karl Foerster
E.  Variegated Red Twig Dogwaood
F. New England Aster Alma Potschke
L.  Stonecrop Sedum Ruby Glow
M – Japanese Barberry Rose Glow
Japanese Barberry Cherry Bomb
Michaelmas Daisy Lassie
Fall Favorites Plan

Enjoy a colorful show from flowering kale, ornamental grasses, and more with this easy-care plan.


Garden Size: 13 by 19 feet

A.  Flowering Kale
E.  Silvergrass
12 x 13
A – Veronica Spicata Goodness Grows
B – Yarrow Moonshine
C – Chrysanthemu Foxy Natasha
D – New England Aster Purple Dome
E – Dwarf White Aster
F – Goldenrod Fireworks
New England Aster Anna
Deckside Planting 7′ x 14′
10 x 11
A – Sweet Alyssum Annual
B – Bidens Ferulifolia Annual
D – Sedum Autumn Joy

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