Fall color isn't limited to just leaves on trees. Be strategic about which plants appear in your landscaping to take advantage of natural fall color.
Want the colorful splendor of your summer garden to linger until Jack Frost visits? You can set your autumn yard ablaze with more than the palette of falling leaves. Use our list of autumn showstoppers to cast a colorful spell in your garden. With plants in shades you love, you might find that fall is your favorite garden season. Check with local nurseries to learn hardiness in your area before settling on a species.
Foliage isn't the only star in autumn's tapestry of color. On Viburnum opulus 'Compactum', gleaming red fruits dangle among leaves that shift to brilliant red as fall arrives. The berries hang on in winter, perfect for a shimmering addition to frost bouquets. White blooms blanket the branches in late spring. Big on color, this shrub is small in stature, reaching only 5 feet at maturity.
Add an irresistibly festive berry, beautyberry, to a shrub or perennial border. It's easy to grow and survives cold blasts to 20 degrees below zero. Pink flowers in late summer give way to purple or white berries tucked among yellow fall foliage. The fruits spread good cheer all winter in the garden or in a vase in the house. For best fruiting, plant several bushes together.
Ceratostigma, also known as leadwort, is a blue-flowered perennial. The green leaves of this plant turn red in the fall. Leadwart makes for a lush ground cover, and does well planted over bulbs.
Helenium has daisy-like flowers in rich fall tones. The long-stemmed perennial plant adds height and color to any fall garden. Place helenium as a back border for a bed because of its height.
Baneberry (Cimicifuga simplex) is a perennial that grows up to three feet tall. The white bottlebrush plumes are dainty and add crisp color to the garden. In October, the white blooms are followed by green fruits.
Celastrus, commonly known as bittersweet, is a deciduous vine with woody stems. Orange-red berries appear in the fall, adding rich color wherever they are growing. Plant bittersweet in full sun for the most berries.