Garden Plans for Fall Planting

These plans feature trees, shrubs, perennials, and bulbs that can be planted in fall. If you can't find all of the plants, you can start now and fill in the rest next spring.

Low-Water Garden

Drought-tolerant perennials and grasses shine from spring to fall in this easy-growing plan. Garden size: 10 by 16 feet.

Beginner Garden for Full Sun

This plan features easy-to-grow, reliable plants that require minimal care. There will be something happening in the garden throughout the growing season. Garden size: 14 by 6 feet.

Fall Favorites Garden

Miscanthus provides beautiful structure and silvery color in fall. It's a great accent for hydrangea, coneflower, sedum, flowering kale, and more in this plan. Garden size: 13 by 19 feet.

Pink Springtime Garden

Plant alliums and other bulbs in fall. It's also an ideal time to plant shrubs and perennials, including the azaleas, rhododendrons, and Japanese maple in this plan. Garden size: 13 by 19 feet.

Mums are fall garden classics that add a pop of color to porches and flower beds alike. Learn how to get gorgeous mums -- including new, tough varieties that last for years.

Go Beyond Basic Mums

Mums can be so much more than those store-bought anunals you've been putting on your porch. 

Beginner Garden for Shade

This low-maintenance, foolproof shade garden is attractive in three seasons, but particularly throughout late winter and spring. Witch hazel and astilbe light up the early season with their cheerful blooms. The striking leaves of hosta and Solomon's seal ensure that the garden is attractive even when the flowers aren't in bloom. Garden size: 8 by 18 feet.

Bright Spring Garden

Autumn is the best time to plant tulips, daffodils, and other spring-blooming bulbs in your yard. Use this plan to put on a grand spring show! Garden size: 9 by 18 feet.

Corner of Shrubs

Trees and shrubs ("woody" plants) are the four-seasons backbone of the landscape. This garden displays small shrubs among three 'Royalty' crabapple trees. An evergreen, blooming groundcover of vinca blankets the foreground. Garden size: 11 by 13 feet.

Corner of Perennials

If flowers are your thing, this is the garden for you. Seven high-performance perennials will give you plenty of flowers, all summer long and into fall. Tuck the garden into a corner or plop it in the middle of the lawn -- these plants will put on a show wherever they get six hours or more of sunlight daily. Garden size: 9 by 9 feet.

Perennials are the anchor of any fall garden. See fall perennial flowers and plans that will power your garden through the first frost.

Fall Power Perennials

Try one of these fall stunners that will continue to shine through the first frost.

Privacy Garden

Planting beds around the perimeter of a yard enclose it enough to create a feeling of seclusion and privacy. A small maple tree, chokeberries, and two low-growing evergreens do the screening here, while perennials, annuals, and bulbs provide seasonal color. Garden size: 17 by 8 feet.

Island Bed 1

A living sculpture -- the gracefully weeping pea tree -- is the focus of this garden bed. In spring, the pea tree's cascading branches are bright with myriad yellow blossoms. At its feet is a garden of low-growing perennials, blending burgundy foliage with purple and pink flowers. Garden size: 16 by 10 feet.

Property Line Garden

This stylish border features a sophisticated color palette. The perennials in the design, chosen for their long season of bloom, offer flowers in violet-blue and yellow shades. Evergreen shrubs in silver-blue and bright chartreuse-gold keep the color going year-round. Garden size: 6 by 20 feet.

Foundation Garden

A colorful alternative to the standard all-green landscape, this foundation planting mixes broad-leafed evergreen shrubs and a sculptural tree with flowering perennials and groundcovers. Lay a path of stepping stones around the front of the border to define the garden's shape and to provide access to the side yard. Garden size: 10 x 28 feet.

Asters are fuss-free additions to any fall garden. Learn growing information and different types of aster flowers for a fall garden that shines.

Amazing Asters

Guide your garden to a strong fall finish with surprising aster varieties.


Shade Garden

Here's a garden that will thrive in the cool shade of mature trees -- a difficult growing situation where lawns languish. Perennials were chosen for a progression of flower colors from spring through fall. Pink and lavender shades predominate, with touches of silver, white, pale yellow, and chalky blue foliage. The foliage alone creates a pleasing composition: bold leaves are contrasted with fine, lacy textures and bright leaf patterns. Garden size: 23 by 12 feet.

Bird-Friendly Garden

A garden rich with food sources and nesting sites is an ideal year-round habitat for songbirds. Cotoneaster, viburnum, and other shrubs produce fruits relished by birds throughout the growing season. Coneflowers and black-eyed Susans offer their seedheads in fall. Garden size: 26 by 25 feet.

Walk to Front Door 1

First impressions are important! This entry garden greets your guests with beauty in all four seasons. A fragrant viburnum, evergreen boxwoods, and a small flowering tree create the backdrop for long-blooming perennials. Across the walk, annual flowers and spring bulbs mingle in a narrow strip. Garden size: 32 by 26 feet.

Walk to Front Door 2

The addition of flowers brings life to an unimaginative row of shrubs and turns the front walk into a garden path. A variety of bulbs and perennials, many with a long bloom season, fill a bed on the other side of the walk. The curving edge of the flower bed softens the angularity of the concrete walk. Give this garden six hours or more of sun daily. Garden size: 33 by 16 feet.

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