Uncommon Fall Color Combinations

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:

Kodiak® Orange Diervilla

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.

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A gardener holds pruners in one hand and a bunch of deadheaded hydrangea flowers in the other.

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A brightly colored Incrediball Blush smooth hydrangea planted in a cold climate garden.

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Written by
Kristina Howley

Kristina Howley

I am all in when it comes to gardening. Almost every part of the experience delights me – new leaves emerging in spring, pollinators buzzing in summer, birds devouring berries in fall, and the somber beauty of seed heads in winter. Thanks to a background in horticulture and gardening my own clay-filled, flowery USDA zone 5b plot, I’ve learned plenty of practical things as well. I like sharing these joys and lessons with my fellow gardeners and soon-to-be gardeners any way I can.

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