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Friday, August 27th, 2021

Disclaimer: Product stock and prices are subject to change after blog publish date.

Summer coming to an end does not mean that your garden has to look dull and lifeless. You can design your garden in the spring and summer with fall in mind!

Here are some perennial, tree and shrub options that will liven up your garden in the fall when your summer flowers start to fade.

The plants featured in this blog are available in-store while quantities last.

Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder

Turtlehead (Chelone lyonii ‘Hot Lips’)

Turtlehead forms an upright, bushy mound of shiny green foliage. In the late summer, pink hooded flowers appear.

Exposure: Full sun or part shade
Height: 24-36”
Spread: 18-24”
Bloom Time: Late summer – fall
Price: $16.99 (1 gallon pot)

Japanese Anemone (Anemone Fantasy ‘Pocahontas’)

An outstanding plant for the late summer and fall! This variety features double, bubble gum pink flowers with golden centers that are superb for cutting.

Exposure: Full sun or part shade
Height: 12-18”
Spread: 18-24”
Bloom Time: Late summer – fall
Price: $16.99 (1 gallon pot)

Photo courtesy of J. Parker’s

Photos courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder

Mount Airy Fothergilla (Fothergilla major ‘Mount Airy’)

A deciduous, flowering shrub with blue-green leaves that turn yellow and red in the fall. White, fragrant flowers that resemble a bottle brush appear in the spring. Pollinator friendly!

Exposure: Full sun or part shade
Height: 5-6’
Spread: 5-6’
Bloom Time: Spring
Price: $34.99 (2 gallon pot)

Dwarf American Cranberry (Viburnum trilobum ‘Compactum’)

A rounded, compact plant with dark green foliage that turns red in the fall. White clusters of flowers appear in May and red berries appear in late summer. This plant is a good choice if you would like to attract birds to your yard!

Exposure: Full sun
Height: 5’
Spread: 5’
Bloom Time: Spring
Price: $23.99 (2 gallon pot)

Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder

Photos courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder

Dwarf Burning Bush (Euonymus alatus ‘Compactus’)

A small, deciduous shrub that grows compactly. Small yellow-green flowers appear in the spring. Medium to dark green foliage lasts throughout the summer until brilliant scarlet foliage appears in the fall. Red berries appear in winter making this plant visually appealing year-round!

Exposure: Full sun to part shade
Height: 5’
Spread: 5’
Bloom Time: Spring
Price: $45.00 (2 gallon pot)

Celebration Maple (Acer x freemanii ‘Celzam’)

A silver/red maple hybrid with an upright growth habit. It has green foliage throughout the season. The lobed leaves turn a mix of yellow, orange and red in the fall. A good shade tree for smaller properties!

Exposure: Full sun
Height: 45’
Spread: 20’
Bloom Time: N/A
Price: $148.00 (10 gallon pot)
Other Varieties: Royal Red Norway Maple (Acer plantanoides ‘Royal Red’) ($132.99 in a 10 gallon pot), Autumn Blaze Maple (Acer x freemanii ‘Jeffersred’) ($132.99 in a 10 gallon pot)

Photos courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder

Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder

Bloodgood Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’)

One of the most popular varieties of Japanese Maple! This robust, upright tree has bright red leaves in the spring that mature to a deep, rich purple colour in the summer. Crimson coloured leaves reappear in the fall.

Exposure: Full sun or part shade
Height: 20’
Spread: 12’
Bloom Time: N/A
Price: $148.00 (3 gallon pot)
Other Varieties: Bloodgood Japanese Maple ($309.99 in a 10 gallon pot), Crimson Queen Cutleaf Japanese Maple ($148.00 in a 3 gallon pot), Inabe Shidare Cutleaf Japanese Maple ($148.00 in a 3 gallon pot), Tamukeyama Cutleaf Japanese Maple ($148.00 in a 3 gallon pot)

Not sure what perennials, trees and shrubs to buy? No problem! While we cannot design your entire garden for you, we can certainly suggest plants that do well in certain lighting conditions and recommend plants that look nice together. Stop in-store or phone us to speak to one of our experts today!