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Add Interest in the Autumn Landscape

 Disco Club chrysanthemums at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show
Disco Club chrysanthemums at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show
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As the autumn chill permeates the air, gardeners' thoughts may turn to bulb planting for spring blooms. Don't forget other plantings which provide a brilliant display in the fall flowerbed.

Late summer and early autumn is a great time to plant some perennials, such as ornamental grasses, vines and flowers. Those planted in late summer are an addition to this year's garden show. Planting before the danger of frost allows plants and seedlings to get a hold in the garden and establish a root system before going dormant for the winter.

Perennial Grasses

Lily turf , Muhly and Mondo grasses may be planted now for their year-round ornamental value. Ophiopogon in all its varieties is a great addition to a shaded area or flowerbed. Plant a variety around rocks or walkway pavers for an interesting effect.

Flowering Plants

The hardy Dianthus may be planted in early fall for a long-lived display. Both perennial and biennial varieties add low-growing color and form to the landscape. This is a great time to plant any of numerous varieties of winter blooming Hellebore for a late winter bloom.

The many varieties of Sedum adjust well to planting now in many Zones. Seemingly endless shades of Chrysanthemums add a classic touch to the garden.

Peppers, Kale and Cabbage

Remember the autumn annuals as well. Both ornamental and edible peppers show off a range of different colored fruits. Ornamental Kales and Cabbages in a diversity of shapes and colors may be enhanced by frost. Today's hybridized versions can be combined for striking fall foliages and flowers.

Container Grown Shrubs

Gardeners in zones 6 - 8 may wish to include new shrubs in the landscape for autumn color; this is the optimum time for planting. Many deciduous shrubs offer brilliant autumn foliage and spring blooms. Consider bulbs that compliment the foliage and form of newly planted bushes.

Coordinate and repeat specimens for continuity in your design. Add different colors and textures to draw the eye to your labor of love. You may have an autumn garden that is the envy of the neighborhood.

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