12 Fall Garden Ideas That Will Give Your Landscape Autumnal Charm

Chrysanthemums are one of the most recognizable fall perennials. Mums are commonly displayed as container plants, but they can also be used as front porch décor. "Nothing says 'fall is here' like a beautiful mum-filled front porch," says Ship My Plants owner Rich Christakes.

Line Your Porch With Mums

Filling window boxes with fall blossoms will brighten up your front porch, balcony, or patio. "Some common plants used for window boxes in more mild climates include varieties of asters, pansies, violas, and ornamental kale or cabbages,"

Install Window Boxes

Many native flowers are drought-tolerant, disease-resistant, and attract beneficial pollinators, making them an excellent addition to your autumn garden. "Native goldenrod and asters look amazing in the fall and will grow in almost every zone," Raboine said.

Plant Native Flowers

Raised garden beds allow you to customize your soil composition and are gentler on your knees and back than in-ground beds. Take advantage of the ideal growing conditions this fall to incorporate raised beds into your yard.

Experiment With Raised Beds

Using pumpkins as makeshift flower pots combines seasonal décor and fall gardening. "Just hollow out the center, add some soil, and plant," Raboine goes on to suggest. "They will last a few weeks on average, but it's a creative way to add some interest to your landscape." 

Use Pumpkins as Makeshift Planters

Hanging baskets are an excellent method to improve curb appeal and cultivate your green thumb. Replace your summer annual hanging plants with fall plants to add a touch of autumnal beauty. "Fill hanging baskets with fall plants and flowers and line your porch or your entryway,"

Utilize Hanging Baskets

Container plants are not limited to flowers; small trees can also be grown in containers to fill in gaps in your environment. "Consider using potted trees like Japanese maples or dwarf fruit trees in decorative containers for a striking fall focal point on your patio or porch," 

Grow Potted Trees

Make croton plants the focal point of your outdoor planters. "Larger croton plants in 8-, 10-, or 12-inch-wide pots make for dramatic and beautiful mixed planters," says Justin Hancock, Costa Farms' horticulture.

Grow Croton Plants

Here's a great concept for gathering foliage from plants already in your landscape: make elegant seasonal garland out of tree and shrub leaves plus a few branches. "You can hang this garland indoors or out," explains Hancock.

Make Foliage Garland

Carrie Spoonemore, co-creator of Park Seed's From Seed to Spoon app, believes that growing fall vegetables is just as straightforward (if not easier) as growing summer ones. "Fall crops can be planted in raised beds since most are on the smaller side," she points out.

Grow Seasonal Vegetables

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