Top Plants to Plant in The Fall

Stone circleSpring isn’t the only time of year for planting! Some flowers, trees and shrubs do best when they’re planted in fall. Knowing what needs to be planted in fall can help you make your landscaping plans for the coming year.


Turfgrass is best installed on your lawn in the early to middle fall, just as the weather is starting to get cool for the winter. You can install turf at other times of the year, but if it’s very hot or dry, your grass will need special attention in order to thrive. Working with a landscape contractor to get the job done can help ensure that your grass will thrive.

There are two ways to install turf: scattering seeds or laying sod. Seeds take longer and the results can be spotty, depending on how religiously you water and care for your grass until the turf is established. Sod is a fully ready option that can quickly transform your yard and be ready in time for your next backyard barbecue.

You’ll need to avoid walking on your grass for a certain length after it’s installed, so talk to your landscape contractor to get the best advice for ensuring your grass establishes properly.

Spring Bulbs

Spring bulbs are planted in the ground in mid to early fall and are left there to overwinter. The cold period before the bulb is planted is an important part of the growing process.

If you miss the opportunity to plant your bulbs in fall, you may have to buy pre-planted, sprouted bulbs the following spring. Alternatively, you can also plant something else and wait to plant bulbs until next year.

If you work with a landscaper to do your planting, be sure to bring up the spring bulbs toward the end of the summer to work a time into your schedule when you can make this happen.


Trees, like turf grass, do well when established in fall. The cool weather allows tree roots to grow until winter weather causes the tree to go dormant. The most challenging time of year for your tree is summer, so planting in fall gives your tree just a little more time until the harsh weather of summer sets in.

Trees need a lot of supplemental watering in the weeks following planting, especially if the tree is larger when it goes in the ground. Work closely with your landscape contractor to get your tree planted and established before it goes dormant for the winter.

Cool-Season Vegetables

Although most vegetables need to be planted in the spring in order to spend the summer growing and producing, some vegetables are best grown in the cooler season. Cool-season vegetables are usually planted late in the growing season and spent the fall or even winter in the garden bed, growing slowly.

There’s an art to planting and cultivating cool-season vegetables. Some gardeners cover their vegetables with clear plastic to protect them from the harshest temperatures.

Some gardeners actually build a greenhouse in their backyard for growing winter vegetables. The greenhouse captures light from the sun to create a warmer temperature inside than the vegetables are exposed to outside. Talk to your landscape contractor to get a greenhouse built on your property.


Evergreens, including evergreen shrubs and trees, are best planted in fall for the same reasons that deciduous trees are planted in fall. If you’re interested in planting evergreen shrubs as a privacy screen, your landscape contractor can help you decide which evergreens will provide the most privacy and will grow the fastest, for best results.


Peonies are typically sold in the fall because it’s the best time to plant them. This flowering shrub-like plant produces shaggy blossoms that make beautiful additions to your summer bouquets. It’s well-known that peonies attract ants, which help keep the plant free of other insects that could do damage.

Peonies spread slowly over time, sending out shoots that can grow your line of peonies over many years. This relatively low-maintenance, traditional midwest plant is an excellent alternative to roses, which require far more pruning and care in order to look their best.


Lavender is a low-maintenance shrub that needs little water to produce beautiful, fragrant flower spears that attract bees and other beneficial insects. Lavender shrubs can grow quite large if not properly pruned.

Plant lavender at the end of the summer when the weather is just starting to cool. Planting lavender in late summer gives your lavender plenty of time to become established before the freezing weather hits. This plant needs about 10 weeks of good weather for growing before winter sets in.

Once established, lavender is a perfect shrub for a gardener who doesn’t want to spend a lot of money on watering and who also doesn’t want to spend a lot of time maintaining fussy plants.

Contact Your Landscape Contractor

Fall is a good time to plant certain types of shrubs, flowers, trees and grasses. Working with a landscape contractor takes the mystery out of maintaining a beautiful yard.

To find out more about maintaining a beautiful property and thriving landscape plants, contact Hidden Creek Landscaping. With over 20 years in the business, we can help make your home the envy of the neighborhood.


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