Grasses are notorious for being big-impact, yet, easy-care plants. It’s not just in summertime that their beauty shows though. As fall progresses, some grasses will go through a color change. Some will turn from green to yellowish-tan, and varieties like our ‘Shenandoah’ Switchgrass and ‘Blaze’ Little Bluestem have rich purple and red hues in Autumn, before they turn tan. ‘Indian Steel’ Indian Grass, which has blue colored summer foliage, turns to copper, while the seed heads
We all know that deadheading is great for pushing out more blooms from perennials, but you may want to consider leaving summer’s last blooms on for the birds. Not only will our feathered friends appreciate having the seeds around for winter, but your landscape’s aesthetics can also be improved. The darkened, upright seedheads of ‘Powwow Wildberry’ Coneflower add texture, and the ‘Autumn Joy’ Sedum and ‘Arizona Sun’ Gaillardia are great candidates for providing interesting shapes.
Evergreens provide a backdrop for the changing scenery. My favorite part of fall is in the early to mid-stages when there is plenty of green remaining in the lawns and in some of trees that don’t turn until late in the season. The range of colors at that time is the greatest. Evergreens can prolong that lush look throughout the fall and winter. The bluish colors of the Colorado Spruce, Black Hills Spruce, and Douglas Fir are especially good to help the tan soft plumes of tall grasses like ‘Karl Foerster’ Feather Reed Grass stand out.
Unique Fall Features of Trees & Shrubs
Choose Crabapples like our ‘Harvest Gold’, that have persistent fruit. Meaning, they hold on to their fruits well into the season. After leaves fall off, the small golden-yellow apples are revealed. All our Viburnums have gorgeous, bright fall leaf colors, and they also bear colorful small fruits. In particular the American Cranberrybush Viburnum has bright, glossy, cherry red fruits that hold on to branches well after leaves have fallen. Another tree with interesting features is the Grey Alder, which has a seed structure that