I love to be surrounded by color, so when The Home Depot invited my husband Justin and me to do our fall planting with them, I knew I wanted to include lots and lots of hardy color. As a result of our complete backyard redesign this summer, we have one large “centerpiece” flower bed in our backyard — surrounded by our retaining wall/seat wall, alongside our new patio, and, most importantly, directly in my view out of my kitchen window.
We chose mums and pansies that, with any luck, will last through our early frosts and keep the color as long as possible. I wanted warmer fall colors, like reds, yellows, and oranges, but then Justin showed up with these bluish purple asters. It wasn’t what I had in mind, but I should listen to his landscape-architect input more often (sorry, Honey!) because the violet adds a striking contrast.
We also added some structure and winter greenery with some smaller evergreen shrubs for when the colors fade. Because we like to have our yard look great without spending hours on upkeep, we love spike fertilizers and this Miracle-Gro Garden Soil, which we put around each plant as we planted. My motto is: feed your plants you won’t be disappointed with what they do.
We prepped the flower beds by weeding, removing some flowers, and bringing in some better, nutrient-rich soil. Then, we started planting with a small hedge of three cone-shaped evergreens (in this case, they were dwarf Alberta spruce).
Then we set out the flowers so we could get a feel for the color distribution and once we were happy, into the soil they went!
Once we had the plants in, we had Mother Nature’s help to give them a good drink (a two-hour rainstorm!) and then we could just enjoy our new flowers. And, boy, have we been loving all of the color!
Our favorite view from the kitchen window!
Cassity and her husband Justin are fanatics for do-it-yourself projects and home improvement. Read about their many remodeling projects on Remodelaholic.
Some great resources to help with fall planting:
- USDA Hardiness Zone Map
- Video: How to Plant and Prep Flower Beds
- Instructions: How to Plant Shrubs
- Instructions: How to Plant a Tree
- Advice on colorful ornamentals for fall
Read more gardening ideas here on The Home Depot blog.
The Home Depot partnered with Cassity in this fall planting project. Cassity wrote about this project on her blog. She received cash and Home Depot gift cards to promote this project and The Home Depot. The opinions and ideas Cassity expressed are her own. Her posts comply with the Word of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) Ethics Code and applicable Federal Trade Commission guidelines.