We all like to decorate for the holidays in Nashville — pumpkins in October, cornucopias in November, candy canes and holly in December. But have you ever considered doing a little extra work in the yard to come up with an autumn landscape?
While we don’t want you to redesign your whole yard just to benefit a single season, we think the ideas we’ve got in this article will inspire you to get creative this fall. Think fall colors — orange, brown, red, yellow — and you’ve got the perfect starting point.
Fall Colors: Plants
One obvious way to give your landscape an autumnal glow is to plant shrubs and flowers that will produce fall colors. Don’t just wait for the leaves to turn colors to give your yard a fall theme (although this is an excellent idea) — plant flowers like you’ll find in this HGTV gallery. You’ll see some colors in that slideshow that may surprise you, like the deep purple of a beautyberry bush (image 3) or the soft pink of chrysanthemums (image 6). Also consider goldenrod, clematis, strawflower, twinspur, and many more. Just visit the HGTV link in this paragraph.
You can add to a landscape by making sure the trees will turn glorious colors in the fall, like a Japanese maple or Chinese pistachio. The maple will likely turn a brilliant orange, and the pistachio a burnt orange or pale red. These trees are perfect for garden landscapes because of the limb structure, which is small and ornate. If you don’t like these ideas or are stuck coming up with your own, consider consulting with your local dealer of natural stone in Nashville, TN because they have a lot of experience with landscaping.
Fall Landscape Design
Every Nashville, TN landscaper knows that it’s about more than just good flowers and trees. You have to have a good design. We found interesting fall garden-scapes in this Better Homes and Gardens post, and we hope you’ll be inspired by them. You’ll see a garden chock full of fall-colored shrubs and flower bushes framed by a Nashville, TN natural stone-style path. You’ll also see a natural stack stone wall surrounding different flower beds studded with evergreen trees. Evergreens make a nice touch for a fall landscape, considering the winter that is coming and taking the bloom and leaves off most plants. You can find more landscaping ideas in this post.
Prepping for Winter
Finally, you can’t have a good fall landscape without keeping winter in mind. Although you may want to keep your autumn beauty visible as long as possible, watch the weather to predict when a frost is coming. To prepare for winter, consider the following tips inspired by Houselogic. Some of these you may want to hold off on until it gets pretty cold (like the burlap), but others you can do now with no interference with the view (like mulching and trimming):
- Wrap less hearty plants in burlap to protect them from frost. You can start to expect a frost in the Nashville area around mid-October.
- Spread mulch. Adding a fresh layer of mulch to your beds will protect the roots from frost and retain moisture during the dry winter season.
- Trim dead leaves and branches from your plant life. Do not prune — this encourages growth when plants should be preparing to hibernate — but that doesn’t mean you should leave dead branches to burden plants through the winter.
- Watch for sales at local nurseries. Early fall is actually a good time to plant trees and shrubs, so if you take advantage of the local sales, you’ll have a nice greeting from your garden come spring.
Preparing for winter is part of gardening, even when planning a fall landscape. Follow the above guidelines to protect your plants and entire landscape during our Nashville winters.
What’s in your fall landscape?
A fall landscape may not seem like the most exciting venture when you first think about it, but we hope we’ve shown you how beautiful it can be. With trees like the Japanese maple and flowers like goldenrod and beautyberry, a fall landscape can be just as breathtaking as the traditional bounty of spring.
Do you have a fall landscape planned into your garden? Or have you ever considered the beauty of autumn flowers? Tell us what you think about an autumn landscape by leaving a comment now!