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16 Great Plants for Fall

These plants may be late to the party, but each brings its best in autumn.
  • Grasses

    Feathery plumes, colorful blades, and leaves that rustle sweetly in the wind - ornamental grasses embody all things fall.

    Date Published: September 15, 2017
    Date Updated: September 18, 2017
    Tags: Landscaping
  • 1. Japanese Bloodgrass

    The red blades of Imperata cylindrica "Rubra" intensify in fall. Avoid use in the Southeast as it's invasive there. (Zones 5-9)

    Date Published: September 15, 2017
    Date Updated: September 18, 2017
    Tags: Landscaping
  • 2. Eulalia Grass

    Count on the feathery plumes of Eulalia Grass to appear in late summer and last through winter. "Gracillimus" and "Silberfeder" are popular cultivars for their large, silvery flowers.  (Zones 4-9)

    Date Published: September 15, 2017
    Date Updated: September 18, 2017
    Tags: Landscaping
  • 3. Feather Reedgrass

    The slender, upright habit of this grass is unique and striking. Try "Karl Foerster." (Zones 5-9)

    Date Published: September 15, 2017
    Date Updated: September 18, 2017
    Tags: Landscaping
  • 4. Korean Feather Reedgrass

    This grass is exceptionally heat-tolerant and a good choice for gardeners in the Southwest and Texas, where other feather reedgrasses succumb to the hot, dry conditions. By late fall the plumes will stand 2 feet above the semi-upright blades. (Zones 4-9)

    Date Published: September 15, 2017
    Date Updated: September 18, 2017
    Tags: Landscaping
  • 5. Purple Fountaingrass

    Pennisetum setaceum "Rubrum" adds beneficial contrast to containers or beds. (Zones 8-11 or annual)

    Date Published: September 15, 2017
    Date Updated: September 18, 2017
    Tags: Landscaping
  • Berries

    A bountiful crop of berries is a feast for the eyes and a tasty treat for wildlife, too. 

    Date Published: September 15, 2017
    Date Updated: September 18, 2017
    Tags: Landscaping
  • 6. Barberry

    Berberis species are prized for their glossy green or purple foliage and berries. (Zones 3-9)

    Date Published: September 15, 2017
    Date Updated: September 18, 2017
    Tags: Landscaping
  • 7. Blackberry Lily

    Orange-red summer flowers on this plant lead to clusters of black seed heads. (Zones 5-9)

    Date Published: September 15, 2017
    Date Updated: September 18, 2017
    Tags: Landscaping
  • 8. Crabapple

    In autumn, crabapple branches are bejeweled with red, green or yellow fruit. "Red Jewel" offers long-lasting berries. (Zones 4-7)

    Date Published: September 15, 2017
    Date Updated: September 18, 2017
    Tags: Landscaping
  • 9. Porcelain Berry

    A fast-growing vine, this plant will scramble up a 15-foot-tall trellis in a single season. (Zones 5-8)

    Date Published: September 15, 2017
    Date Updated: September 18, 2017
    Tags: Landscaping
  • 10. Chokeberry

    Aronia arbutifolia glows red in fall thanks to copious fruit production. (Zones 5-9)

    Date Published: September 15, 2017
    Date Updated: September 18, 2017
    Tags: Landscaping
  • Foliage

    Autumn easily rivals summer when it comes to color in the landscape. Count on these plants to light up your yard. 

    Date Published: September 15, 2017
    Date Updated: September 18, 2017
    Tags: Landscaping
  • 11. Burning Bush

    This bush reliably erupts with color in fall. Plant five or seven plants together for an informal hedge. (Zones 4-9)

    Date Published: September 15, 2017
    Date Updated: September 18, 2017
    Tags: Landscaping
  • 12. Kentucky Coffee Tree

    A large, stately tree prized for its ability to adapt to a wide range of growing conditions, the Kentucky Coffee Tree shows off pink-tinged leaves in spring. They slowly change to dark green, then blue-green, before turning sulfur yellow in fall. (Zones 5-9) 

    Date Published: September 15, 2017
    Date Updated: September 18, 2017
    Tags: Landscaping
  • 13. Bald Cypress

    Taxodium distichum glows in fall when its needlelike leaves turn russet. It thrives in a variety of soils. (Zones 5-10)

    Date Published: September 15, 2017
    Date Updated: September 18, 2017
    Tags: Landscaping
  • 14. Arrowwood Viburnum

    Viburnums are known for fall color, and this one is no exception. This large shrub is easy to grow and a great candidate for hedges and mass plantings. Fall color varies by cultivar. (Zones 3-8)

    Date Published: September 15, 2017
    Date Updated: September 18, 2017
    Tags: Landscaping
  • 15. Japanese Maple

    A small tree or a shrub, Acer palmatum often produces the most intense fall color in the landscape. (Zones 6-8)

    Date Published: September 15, 2017
    Date Updated: September 18, 2017
    Tags: Landscaping
  • 16. Dogwood

    Dogwood species is a darling of the spring garden that also sports spectacular fall finery. Flowering dogwood and Kousa dogwood reliably produce scarlet, purple, and burnt orange autumn foliage. (Zones 5-8)

    Date Published: September 15, 2017
    Date Updated: September 18, 2017
    Tags: Landscaping

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