Why we love it: It’s tough to beat the fall color of beautyberry, with its eye-catching purple berries. After leaves turn gold and tumble to the ground, berries take center stage. Small blooms appear on branches in summer.
With a palette inspired by fall colors, the master bedroom combines rustic, masculine details with bold colors and graphic patterns to create a warm, inviting space. The soft, luxury herringbone pattern of the bedding provides balance against the masculine leather headboard.
Cranberry red is the ultimate fall color. This gender-neutral tone can look formal, casual, traditional or modern depending on how it's paired. Keep cranberry simple and understated by mixing it with greige or sand tones and accents of royal blue.
A touch of metallic around the holidays always adds a festive vibe. Bring some sheen to your fall color scheme by introducing dishware with metallic rims. While silver is always more popular, gold and brass are great options for adding warmth.
Inspired by Lake Tahoe's brilliant fall colors, the eclectic guest bedroom at the HGTV 2014 Dream Home has everything visitors might need to feel pampered and special. Stems of reddish-pink vanda orchids pick up on the bed's bright hue and make this white dresser stand out.
Inspired by Lake Tahoe's brilliant fall colors, this eclectic guest room has anything visitors might need to feel pampered and special. Exposed beams and a high ceiling allow for the use of a dramatic four-poster bed. Delicate, sparkling chandeliers hang at the perfect height for task lighting.
First Editions Matador maple is a type of freeman maple (Acer x freemanii ‘Bailston’). The freeman maple is actually a hybrid of a red maple (Acer rubrum) and silver maple (Acer saccharinum). It displays the best of both parents: fast growth but with a solid structure, good fall color and adaptability. Matador maple unfurls bright green leaves in spring that turn deep red in autumn. Leaves hang on the tree longer than other freeman maple varieties, providing a long show of fall color. This is an adaptable tree, growing well on a home lawn or in an urban setting. Expect trees to grow 40 to 45 feet tall and 20 to 40 feet wide in ideal conditions. Hardy in Zones 4-7.
An added plus to good fall color in the landscape is being able to preserve that color for late-season bouquets. The blooms of strawflower come in yellow, orange and red and many variations in between, and the color holds even after drying. Strawflower is an annual or short-lived perennial (in USDA Zones 8 to 11).
To set up a Thanksgiving snack station for the kids, fill small bowls with candy, pretzels, popcorn and any other items that would be yummy in the mix. Use a tiered tray for pretty presentation and to make it easier for several kids to fill their favor cups at once. Tip: Try to stick with treats that come in fall colors.
This small flowering cherry hails from the U.S. National Arboretum’s plant breeding efforts. It’s well suited to small yards, growing to 25 feet tall with a spread of 15 feet. Pale pink flowers open in early spring. Leaves appear after flowering, unfurling to dark green. Fall color is gold. This tree boasts a hearty disposition, tolerating insects and disease. Hardy in Zones 6-8.
Bring on the fall show two weeks sooner by adding Scarlet Jewell red maple (Acer rubrum ‘Bailcraig’) to your yard. This beauty offers the classic, full shape of a red maple coupled with an early start to fall color. Give Scarlet Jewell a spot in full sun with moist, well-drained soil on the acidic side. Trees grow 70 feet tall and 30 feet wide. Hardy in Zones 3-7.
Korean spice viburnum is beloved for its wonderful fragrance that can perfume an entire yard in mid-spring. Flower clusters start with pink buds that open to reveal white blossoms. Korean spice viburnum also has good fall color with red leaves and is deer resistant. Spice Baby viburnum is a tidy size that suits even the smallest yard, growing 42 to 60 inches tall and wide. Hardy in Zones 4-8.
On an eye-catching corner lot in Houston, Tex., seasonal interest is achieved through the use of a vast number of species that bloom throughout spring and summer, as well as species with fall color or winter fruit to stand out in the off season. The goal of the project is to minimize physical labor demands in a contemporary garden design to match the architecture of the home,
Turn up the fall color with ‘Red Jewel’ helenium. This native perennial tosses open blooms in shades of red and orange starting in midsummer and extending well into fall. Tuck helenium into rich soil that drains well, and cut plants back by half in spring to increase branching and bushiness. Flowers make a great addition to garden bouquets. Plants grow 30 to 36 inches tall by 18 to 24 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 4-8.
Chinese pistachio (Pistacia chinensis) is a good choice for brilliant fall color in areas where the sugar maple won't grow. The leaves are slow to appear in the spring but hang on late in the fall, turning a brilliant reddish orange. Used for root stock for the pistachio nut tree (P. vera), Chinese pistachio produces fruits that aren't palatable to humans, but birds like them. Medium-sized tree (to 35 feet tall), drought resistant, USDA Zones 6b to 9.
Large white flowers cover Hyperion dogwood in early spring. Hyperion hails from the dogwood breeding team at Rutgers University in New Jersey. The over-size blooms nearly overlap to blanket the tree in white. Flowers fade to form red, strawberry-like fruits that birds love. Fall color offers a medley of hues: purple, gold and orange. Expect this dogwood to reach its mature size of 20 feet tall and wide in roughly 20 years. Hardy in Zones 6-9.
Spice Girl viburnum is a selection of Korean spice viburnum, which is beloved for its wonderful fragrance that can perfume an entire yard in mid-spring. Flower clusters start with pink buds that open to reveal white blossoms. Spice Girl viburnum dazzles with bright red fall color and is deer resistant. Give it a spot in light shade to full sun. Spice Girl viburnum grows 6 to 7 feet tall and 7 to 8 feet wide. Hardy in Zones 4-8.
For outstanding fall color, include easy-growing ‘Fireworks’ goldenrod (Solidago rugosa ‘Fireworks’) in your garden. Low-maintenance and deer-resistant, goldenrod unfurls tiny, bright yellow blooms on horizontal branches that add color from late summer well into fall. This is a super pollinator plant, attracting all kinds of bees, butterflies and beneficial insects. Flowers make a great addition to bouquets. If you’re an allergy sufferer, please note that goldenrod doesn’t cause hayfever. Plants grow 30 to 36 inches tall and wide. Hardy in Zones 4-8.