With the crisp leaves, football games, and cool nights, fall is a lovely time of year. Summer is not the only season that you can enjoy some time in the backyard admiring the scenery. Here are some ways to create a beautiful fall garden for you and your friends or family to enjoy while cozying up outside with a blanket around a fire pit and a good book.
Step 1: If you are using the same plot as use for the spring garden, till the spring plants so they decompose. This will provide nutrients to the soil.
Step 2: Cooler temperatures are perfect for growing asparagus, sprouts, and greens. Once the spring garden begins to die, plant vegetables like broccoli, cucumbers, spinach, tomatoes, lettuce, and carrots. Harvest these before the first frost, though you can harvest asparagus and leafy greens after a slight frost.
Step 3: Incorporate fall blooming perennials such as helenium and asters. Plant these early in spring so they can grow the entire summer and bloom their lovely jewel tones in fall.
Step 4: Add some perennials that continuously bloom until the first frost. Bellflowers, balloon flowers, and coneflowers are long bloomers that add lovely color. During the summer, provide these and the other fall bloomers with some periodic pinching or pruning and you will get more flowers.
Step 5: Select some vines and shrubs that yield colorful berries and lovely foliage. Witch hazel and blue mist shrub are ideal fall blooming shrubs. Barberry and winged euonymus have nice fall foliage. American cranberry bush and firethorn yield colorful fruit. Vines such as Virginia creeper and American bittersweet add a nice fall touch.
Step 6: Ornamental grasses are very low maintenance and they add movement and structure to the garden. Vetiver, feather reed grass, and red switch grass make for colorful fall foliage. If you desire some red foliage throughout fall, select flame grass, red hood sedge, or phormium.