Choosing Ornamental Plants for Fall Color

Michael Nolan
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This is the perfect time of year to fill your landscape with a rainbow of ornamental plants in your favorite fall colors. No matter where you live, and whatever your taste or personal style, there are tried-and-true options and brilliant color to choose from.

Fall Ornamentals for Color

Choose a fall color palette that complements your spring and summer garden, or use the opportunity to create some real drama by changing the color scheme entirely. The choice is yours!

We have put together a short list of ornamental plants that offer fall color and sorted them into color families to make it a little easier to find the plant or plants that will bring just the right combination to dazzle your autumn landscape.

While you ponder your options, don’t miss the opportunity to incorporate the fall color that is already around you. Many existing trees and shrubs put on a stunning display when the seasons change, and this may be a good starting point for you when creating your autumn masterpiece.

Red & Orange

Yellow

  • Mums
  • Pansies
  • Narrow Leaf Blue Star
  • Torch Lily
  • Hostas

Pink & Purple

  • Mums
  • Pansies
  • Island Aster
  • Purple Fountain Grass
  • Ornamental Kale
  • Japanese Anemone

White

  • Mums
  • Pansies
  • Clematis
  • Ornamental Cabbage

Please note that not all plants will be available in all locations. For ornamental plant selections that are chosen specifically for their performance where you live, visit your local Home Depot Garden Center.

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