Fall could be better. What a bold statement! I said it.
If you’re a big fan of fall, just imagine if your garden had a spectacular spot devoted to this season. Don’t get me wrong, our gardens can be pretty all year, but wouldn’t it be a delight if they exploded with color once temperatures started to dip and the days got shorter? If this sounds like a dream come true, I’ve made some fun plant combinations to get you headed in a new direction. These trios have year-round appeal, intense fall color, and will inspire gardeners with deer, shade, birds to feed, and more!
Here’s one of my favorite trios:
If this plant had a nickname it would simply be, “The Problem Solver”. Drought? Shade? Clay soil? Hungry hummingbirds? No worries. It faces every challenge with ease and looks good doing it with russet-colored new growth in spring, reddish-tinted foliage highlighted by constant yellow flowers in summer, and luminous orange fall color.
- full sun to full shade
- 3-4 ft. tall and wide
- USDA zones 4-7 (-30°F/-34°C)
Do I need to deadhead my hydrangeas?
It’s a matter of preference! Some gardeners love the look of dried flowers throughout the winter. They provide beauty when there’s not much else to look at. However, if you don’t like the view or your flowers look a little rough, feel free to deadhead. Watch this video for a quick how-to.