Need an ornamental grass for a spot with light shade? Check out autumn moor grass (Sesleria autumnalis). This non-native grass gets its name from the show it stages in autumn. That’s when tan seedheads appear, standing well above the clump of bright green leaves. Drought-tolerant and easy to grow, autumn moor grass holds its own in a mixed planting bed, adapts well to containers and makes an eye-catching planting en masse. Cut clumps to the ground in winter or very early spring. Plants grow 1 to 2 feet tall and wide. Hardy in Zones 4-8.
Native trees are often trouble-free beauties, and serviceberry is no exception. ‘Autumn Brilliance’ (Amelanchier x grandiflora) is the result of a cross between two native serviceberries. It delivers white flowers in spring that fade to form edible blue-black fruits (terrific in jams and pies). Birds also love the fruits. Fall color is outstanding with shades of orange-red. ‘Autumn Brilliance’ typically has multiple trunks and a pretty structure that’s especially visible when snow lies on branches. Size: 15 to 25 feet tall and wide. Hardy in Zones 4-9.
Pair colorful houseplants with boldly painted walls to create a home décor masterpiece. This living work of art offers a changing tableau as the plant grows and blooms. Rhizomatous begonias like ‘Autumn Ember’ offer a great option for colorful leaves on an easy-growing houseplant. Other good choices for strong leaf color include hemigraphis, calathea and croton.
Capture the beauty of fall with the glowing leaves of ‘Autumn Ember’ begonia. Rex begonias actually thrive in the dry air typical in homes and survive dry spells created by forgetful waterers. Provide bright light to help leaves retain their glowing hues.
Stow everyday dishes in the cupboard and pull out seasonally themed pieces. Designer Lauren Liess of Pure Style Home layered a vintage quilt over a linen curtain panel to create a one-of-a-kind tablecloth with incredible fall appeal. To coordinate with the season, she brought in pumpkins, nuts and fresh herbs to form a table-length centerpiece. A mix of crystal glasses and wood cutting boards share a fusion of rustic style with refined elements.
Red maple (Acer rubrum) is beloved for its red flowers that blanket the tree in spring, opening before leaves appear. Summer leaf color is a steady green. Autumn triggers a color show with varying shades of red, from brilliant to deep burgundy. ‘Autumn Spire’ red maple is an upright, narrow accent tree that embodies the traditional beauty of red maple in a size that fits any yard. Trees grow 50 feet tall and 20 to 25 feet wide. They’re drought tolerant once established and also withstand flooding. Developed by the University of Minnesota, this maple holds its own where winter thermometer readings linger below zero. Expect trees to live 80 to 100 years. Hardy in Zones 3-6.
A tall vase filled with scarlet maple branches creates a show-stopping fall arrangement in this Manhattan living room. Hints of burnished gold in the leather occasional chair, lamp and pillow warm up this cozy corner designed by HGTV fan Patrick.
Fall containers, window boxes and hanging baskets complement established plantings at this country-style home. Mums, ornamental kale and grasses, and decorative accents like cornstalks, dried flower wreaths and country-style ornaments complete the inviting harvest display.