Garden & Landscape Tips

Fall landscape
Add shrubs that bring beautiful fall colors to your landscape this autumn.
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In many parts of the country, fall is a time of beauty thanks to leaves changing from their summery green hue to beautiful yellows, oranges, and reds. To celebrate the change of season at home this year, add some shrubs to your landscape that will give you a picturesque change of scenery.

Fothergilla in fall
In late fall, Fothergilla shrub leaves turn from green to a brilliant red or gold.
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Fothergilla

This native five-foot shrub is late to turn color in fall, but when it does, it lights up in brilliant red or gold, depending on the variety. Also known as witch alder, fothergilla produces white bottle-brush flowers in early spring. It grows best in part shade and acidy soil.

Virginia sweetspire
In the spring, virginia sweetspire has white-bottle brush flowers. In the fall, the leaves turn to a scarlet red color.
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Virginia Sweetspire

Virginia sweetspire grows three to five feet tall, spreads by easily-controlled runners, and gets arching white bottle-brush flowers in June. The highlight, though, is the glossy scarlet fall foliage that hangs on for weeks – way longer than the better known (and invasive) burning bush. Best in part shade and damp soil.

Oakleaf hydrangea in fall
Oakleaf hydrangeas are known for their beautiful flowers and large leaves that look like maple leaves. In the fall, its leaves turn from green to a rich, burgundy color.
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Oakleaf hydrangea

Native to the United States is this six- to eight-foot shrub that produces large hand-sized leaves shaped like maple leaves. It turns deep, rich burgundy in fall. Oakleaf hydrangeas also produce large cone-shaped white flowers in summer and have interesting, peeling, cinnamon-colored bark for winter interest. Prefers sun or part shade.

Viburnum in fall
During autumn, viburnum get both fall berry-sized fruits and gold to deep red leaves.
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Viburnum

Most types of this spring-blooming, mid-sized shrub get both fall berry-sized fruits and brilliant fall foliage that ranges from gold to deep red. Some are native, most have fragrant May flowers, and there are different types available for everything from full sun to shade. Most grow in the six- to eight-foot range.

Blueberry bush in fall
Following the summer fruit harvest, blueberry shrubs show beautiful bright-red and glossy foliage in the fall.
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Blueberry

Yes, the plant that gives us those tasty blue fruits in June and July also is an under-appreciated fall-foliage plant. Most blueberries have bright-red and glossy fall foliage, are native plants across the US, and they’re a favorite of birds – unless you net and pick the fruits first or grow them in containers where they can be better protected. They grow four to five feet tall, ideally in full sun.

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