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Keeping your garden looking good in the fall

When it comes to landscaping, everyone always thinks “plants.” Of course, plants are important to creating a lovely outdoor space. But what happens when the fall rolls in and plants prepare themselves for the winter leaving gardens looking ‘blah?” No problem! There are many things you can do to create interest in an exterior space, even when your garden stars have gone in for the season. Here are some tips, thoughts and ideas to spice up your outdoor space temporarily or permanently!

Add pops of colorful decor

Find colorful ceramic pots and vases to dress up your front door, garden wall and outdoor dining space. This is a great time to decorate the yard with contrasting or complimentary colour accents.

Add some seasonal cheer

Line the driveway or entrance with potted colour arrangements, or something seasonal like pumpkins or bunches of wheat grass.

Make a fall wreath

Collect your fall leaves in bunches and attach them to a straw wreath frame with U-shaped floral pins. Use it to brighten up your front door.

Add a few annuals/soft perennials

Choose colours that complement the changing colours of the leaves. Try garden mums in burnt orange, crimson red or mustard yellow.

Plant some showy fall plants for next year

In many places fall is the idea time to plant shrubs and trees. Since the soil is still warm and plants are not going into a leafing season, they can focus on growing strong roots instead of leaves and flowers.

Collect your fallen leaves for compost

Don’t underestimate the power of organic compost for your garden. It’s like liquid gold!

Get building, painting or fixing

Fall is a great time for your outdoor projects. As the summer heat gets replaced with crisp air, it is a great time to be outside and build that project you’ve been thinking about all year! And a freshly painted front door will definitely spice up your exterior space!

Sara BendrickSara Bendrick is a landscape designer/contractor, who's passion for transforming exterior spaces into custom unique living spaces can be seen on the DIY Network and through her personal design/build business. Read more