Fall Planting Guide

As summer draws to a close, you might think your time in the garden is over. However, fall is one of the best times to get new plants in the ground for next season! We get it; it seems a little counterintuitive to plant in the fall. Let’s break down everything you need to know about fall planting!

Iceberg Alley Sageleaf Willow in the garden

garden in the summer with shrubs and trees

Why Fall?

Fall temperatures are milder than summer, but the ground still has some warmth to it before the first frost. This makes for the perfect opportunity to get your plants established in the ground during a time when they won’t have to deal with the extreme heat or lack of rainfall that can accompany summer.

Make sure to plant before the frost, give your plants a good soaking and then cover with mulch! Be sure to watch our video on how to plant shrubs and trees for all the tips before digging in the dirt.

Lotus Moon Pearlbush in the spring with white flowers

Spring Planning

One of the other benefits to fall planting is being able to enjoy those spring blooming plants right away when the snow melts! As mentioned above, planting in the fall allows your plant to establish prior to spring so that it can spend its energy shining in the spring garden. You can even plant spring blooming bulbs like tulips and daffodils.

Watch our video on the top 10 spring blooming shrubs and trees for ideas!

image of the garden in the late summer

Shopping for Success

When shopping for your fall planting, we recommend that you take a step back and think about how your garden looked throughout the summer season. Did you have any spaces you’d like to fill out more? Were you thinking of adding more color or structure? Maybe a new tree?

Asking these questions before you head to your local garden center can help make the entire process easier as you plan out what to buy. Use our Find a Retailer tool to help locate garden centers near you with First Editions® plants or shop the collection online.

Berry White Panicle Hydrangea blooms starting to change pink

What Should I Plant?

You can plant anything during autumn! As mentioned above, you can plant things that will look great in spring or other seasons. But if you’re looking for some instant gratification, here are a few of our favorites that add great fall interest to the garden.

  1. Pink Sparkler Birchleaf Spirea
  2. Berry White® Panicle Hydrangea
  3. Amber Jubilee Ninebark
  4. Matador Maple
  5. Cayenne Dogwood
  6. Tianshan® Seven-Son Flower
  7. Wildfire Winterberry