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Did you know autumn is the best time to plant your garden?
Did you know autumn is the best time to plant your garden? (Shutterstock)

We are lucky to enjoy warmer falls here in Washington, DC. Still, your landscape can suffer when the long, sunny days of summer come to an end.

But that doesn’t mean you need to look out to a barren yard for the rest of the year. Did you know autumn is actually the best time of year to plant? If you’re looking to enliven your landscape, here is what you should be doing right now.

Easy Plants To Add In The Fall

Want color 12 months out of the year? Nothing beats Euryops pectinatus, a bright yellow flowering evergreen shrub. It needs a warm, sunny spot with three to four feet of space to grow. When other plants go dormant, it will still be in bloom.

Cercis occidentalis (Western Redbud) is another great small tree that provides interest year round. It blooms with magenta flowers in the spring before displaying bright blue-green foliage in the summer. In the fall and winter, bare branches still shine with beautiful patterns. After two years of watering, the Western Redbud does best in a dry location.

For ground cover, we love Scaevola. Also called Mauve Clusters or Blue Fan Flower, this species’ tight growth and low mounding habit keeps the weeds out. It has rich, small evergreen leaves that display tiny purple flowers January through November.

Want something that will spread cheer come the holidays? Hollies come in an array of varieties as ground covers, shrubs and even trees. Most are evergreen, and you’ll love those bright red berries for decorating at Christmastime.

For winter flower color, Camellia comes in an array of colors and sizes. During the summer, make sure to give them some afternoon shade.


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Other Ways To Enliven Your Yard

In cooler months, flowering plants will be a literal breath of fresh air. But if you want to get outside and enjoy them, consider innovative ways to stay warm year round.

Portable spas are perfect for relaxing and entertaining. They can be incorporated in a multi-level deck with built-in planters for a verdant oasis.

Another way to add some family fun? Add a fire pit. Work with a landscape contractor to develop a custom design, or purchase an inexpensive model to start at a home outlet store.

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This post is sponsored and contributed by a Patch Brand Partner. The views expressed in this post are the author’s own.

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