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Creating a Stunning Fall Landscape: Must-Have Trees and Shrubs

By: The Michigan Timber Shack

As autumn paints the landscape with its warm hues and gentle breezes, it's time to transform your outdoor space into a stunning fall masterpiece. The secret to a captivating fall garden lies in the selection of the right trees and shrubs. In this blog post, we'll explore the must-have trees and shrubs that will infuse your landscape with vibrant colors and timeless beauty.

The Palette of Fall

Before we introduce our top picks, let's take a moment to appreciate the incredible range of colors that autumn bestows upon us. From fiery reds and oranges to deep purples and golden yellows, the fall landscape is a living canvas. Here are some trees and shrubs that can help you paint your own masterpiece:

1. Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum):

  • Varieties to Consider: 'Bloodgood,' 'Osakazuki,' 'Sango Kaku'

  • Why We Love Them: Japanese maples are renowned for their exquisite foliage. Their leaves transition from lush green in spring and summer to breathtaking shades of red and orange in the fall. These trees add elegance and grace to any landscape.

2. Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba):

  • Varieties to Consider: 'Autumn Gold,' 'Majestic Butterflies,' 'Jade Butterflies'

  • Why We Love Them: Ginkgo trees are living fossils, and their fan-shaped leaves turn a brilliant golden yellow in the fall. They create a dazzling spectacle that is sure to be the centerpiece of your autumn garden.

3. Burning Bush (Euonymus alatus):

  • Varieties to Consider: 'Compactus,' 'Rudy Haag,' 'Fire Ball'

  • Why We Love Them: The burning bush earns its name with its fiery red foliage in the fall. These shrubs are excellent choices for creating eye-catching hedges and borders.

4. Witch Hazel (Hamamelis):

  • Varieties to Consider: 'Arnold Promise,' 'Diane,' 'Jelena'

  • Why We Love Them: Witch hazel is known for its fragrant, spidery flowers that bloom in late winter and early spring. In the fall, their leaves turn shades of yellow, orange, and red, adding a touch of elegance to your garden.

5. Oakleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia):

  • Varieties to Consider: 'Ruby Slippers,' 'Snow Queen,' 'Alice'

  • Why We Love Them: Oakleaf hydrangeas are prized for their large, oak-like leaves and their spectacular fall transformation. As the season progresses, their foliage takes on deep burgundy hues.

Designing Your Fall Landscape

Now that you know about these stunning fall trees and shrubs, it's time to envision your ideal autumn landscape:

  • Contrast and Complement: Combine trees and shrubs with varying fall colors to create contrast and depth in your garden. Pair fiery reds with golden yellows and deep purples with vibrant oranges.

  • Consider Evergreens: Incorporate evergreen trees or shrubs to provide a backdrop of greenery that makes the fall colors pop even more.

  • Hardscaping Elements: Enhance the visual appeal of your fall landscape with well-placed hardscaping elements like stone pathways, garden sculptures, and seating areas.

  • Maintenance: Ensure that your chosen trees and shrubs are appropriately pruned and cared for to maximize their fall beauty and health.

In Conclusion

Fall is a season of natural splendor, and your garden can be a part of this annual masterpiece. By carefully selecting the right trees and shrubs, you can create a fall landscape that's not only visually stunning but also a testament to the timeless beauty of the season. Visit our nursery at Michigan Timber Shack to explore a wide variety of these fall favorites and let us help you design your dream autumn garden.

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