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How do you create subtle fall colors in your garden?

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Isn’t fall a wonderful season? All those different colors are stunning, ranging from golden or red autumn colored leaves to late bloomers. Just before winter, the trees and bushes lose their leaves, which makes this the perfect moment to enjoy their diversity the most.

At Linea Hortus, we love autumn. We like to show all the different aspects of the changing seasons, by working with a variety of plants that show a wonderful fall color or blossom rather late. We would like to show you a few examples out of the mixture we frequently apply.


Trees and bushes:

Trees and bushes can create a wonderful effect as solitary pieces, but bushes planted in massifs can also have a big impact on the overall picture, thanks to their specific autumn colors. The typical colors of the following trees and bushes are just beautiful!

Beech (Fagus sylvatica)

This tree discolors from green to a light, warm yellow and ends up with an golden brown leaf. You can continue to enjoy it throughout the year, because the dried leaf stays on the plant until the new leaf appears.

The beech is applied as a tree as well as a hedge plant. In the latter case, this is called a beech hedge, which is often confused with the hornbeam.


Cornel (Cornus alba ‘Sibirica’)

Do you have a lot of space in your garden? This cornel has a red fall color that looks fantastic when it’s placed in large groupings.

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Bog (Quercus palustris)

A discoloration that turns from bronze to dark red and a deeply incised leaf make this oak stand out! Also, the dried leaf is preserved rather long.


Amelanchier (Amelanchier lamarckii)

The amelanchier generates an autumn color from orange to carmine.

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Judas tree (Cercidiphyllum japonicum)

Next to the color, there is also the scent! The fallen leaves of this tree smell sweet, even like cookies. Besides that, there are also the famous pink and lilac shades. In autumn, these devolve in a yellow and orange color.



Climbers filter a lot of fine dust out of the air. They are also an important habitat for insects and birds. In addition they can be used as an extra layer of insulation against facades. Whether you prefer to prune them or to let them grow: some of these creepers can produce a lovely fall color.

Climbing hydrangea (Hydrangea petiolaris)

The white flowers in spring make room for green and ultimately yellow leaves. If you love a romantic effect, this plant definitely suits you.

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Grapevine (Vitis vinifera)

Not only can you enjoy your own grapes, but during autumn you can also see a beautiful yellow discoloration of this grapevine.

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Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus tricuspidata)

The virginia creeper makes you think of the classic, picturesque farm. This family of the vine discolors gradually from green to red.

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Ornamental grasses:

We love to work with ornamental grasses because they provide a beautiful, natural atmosphere that fits perfectly in our warm minimalism. During fall, these grasses turn into a straw-like color with yellow, brown and even orange shades. They look best in large groupings. There is a wide range of ornamental grasses, but we like to show you a few of our favorites!

Moor grass (Molinia caerulea 'Heidebraut')

Has a straw-colored fall discoloration.

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Deschampsia (Deschampsia cespitosa 'Goldtau')

Ornamental grasses with yellowisch discoloration.


Crabgrass (Panicum virgatum 'Strictum' and 'Squaw')

'Strictum' has a yellowisch discoloration, 'Sqauw' turns from red to russet.

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Perennials and others:

Blooming perennials, annuals and biennials are a fantastic combination with ornamental grasses. They create the effect of a wild flower meadow and provides a roaning sight throughout the year.

Iron-bound (Verbena bonariensis)

This biennial blooms in a beautiful purple color, from june until the first frost. The faded flower buds dry up and become darker, which still looks wonderful. At Linea Hortus, we love the combination of summer and fall accents. That way, the discolored buds of iron-bound fit great in between the straw-like grasses.

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Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare ‘Giant Bronze’)

This plant has a bronzy leaf. The sulfer yellow flowers also look sightly during autumn, once they are blown.

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Aster (Aster cordifolius ‘Little Carlow’)

A bushy fall aster that blooms from september until october. The aster has violet blue, daisy-like flowers with a yellow hart. This plant also combines well with ornamental grasses.

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Do you also choose fall colors for your garden?

Do you want to enjoy your garden during every season? Don’t only choose spring bloomers, but also look for plants with a beautiful fall color and evergreen elements. By combining all these plants, you ensure yourself of a lively garden. Thanks to all those colors, your garden is wonderful to look at, every moment of the year!

Would you like to get some personal advice? Contact us and transform your garden to a place where you can completely unwind.

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