20 Winning Plants for Fall Color
Bring autumn color to your garden with these top picks.
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Garden mums carry the season with classic autumn hues of orange, gold, russet and bronze.
As a group, sumacs are native to North America and offer multi-season interest. Brilliant fall foliage and fuzzy red berry clusters that linger through winter make sumacs a go-to shrub for fall and winter color.
Include native beautyberry in your landscape for a one-of-a-kind fall accent: bright purple berries.
Oak Leaf Hydrangea
This shrub to small tree doesn’t disappoint with fiery leaf tints and fading flowers in pink shades.
Perennial Russian sage forms drifts of purple atop grey-green leaves.
Goldenrod Adds Bright Color to a Summer Garden
Goldenrod, or Solidago, is a perennial that grows back each year. Its bright yellow flowers add color to a late summer garden. It is often thought to provoke allergies, but goldenrod pollen is innocent of the charge. Goldenrod is attractive to butterflies.
Blue Star Amsonia
Don’t overlook ornamental grasses like miscanthus in your fall color plans.
Grasses bring motion, texture and often striking seed heads to autumn views.
'Karl Foerster' Feather Reed Grass
If space is tight, focus on a tidy, upright grass like 'Karl Foerster' feather reed grass. Its clumps are topped with wheat-colored seeds in fall.
If you like a more flowing appearance, fountain grass comes in a variety of sizes and colors. The soft, bottlebrush-like seed heads enhance fall gardens and bouquets.
‘Morning Light’ Miscanthus
‘Morning Light’ miscanthus also adopts a reddish hue as autumn arrives.
Japanese maples are one of the most versatile trees for any yard, patio or garden. They are loved for their unique leaf shape and brilliant color through spring and fall.