Fall is a spectacular time to rejuvenate your garden with vibrant hues and interesting textures. At Country Barn Garden Center, we pride ourselves on bringing together beautiful, complementary plant combinations that can elevate your landscape to the next level. Here are some of our favorite pairings for this season:
1. The Sedum Spectacle:
- Sedum R&G Back in Black – This sedum boasts deep, dark foliage and bright pink blooms. It’s an eye-catching perennial that thrives in full sun.
- Sedum R&R Popstar – With its compact habit and white blooms, this sedum variety brings contrast and brightness.
- Sedum R&R Pure Joy – Adding a dash of pure delight, this sedum has tiny, bubblegum-pink flowers that buzz with bees in late summer.
Planting Tips for Sedums:
- Fertilizing: Mix in a slow-release fertilizer at planting time to ensure they get a good start.
- Watering: Water deeply after planting. Once established, sedums are drought-tolerant but prefer occasional watering.
- Mulching: Add a 2-inch layer of organic mulch around, but not touching, the plant base to retain moisture and prevent weeds.
2. The Prairie Drama:
- Prairie Winds Desert Plains – This ornamental grass showcases smoky purple flowers that transition to cream as they age, waving gracefully in the breeze.
- Carex Evergold – With its stunning gold and green striped leaves, this low-growing sedge brings a splash of color to the garden’s foreground.
Planting Tips for Prairie Winds and Carex:
- Fertilizing: Enrich the planting hole with compost and a general-purpose fertilizer.
- Watering: Water thoroughly after planting and provide regular water for the first few weeks. Once established, they are relatively drought-resistant.
- Mulching: Mulch around the base of the plants to conserve soil moisture.
3. The Elegant Ensemble:
- Pennisetum Purple Fountain – With its arching, burgundy-purple leaves, this ornamental grass adds movement and drama.
- Carex Everillo – This evergreen sedge offers bright, lime-green foliage, making it a luminous partner for the Pennisetum.
Planting Tips for Pennisetum and Carex:
- Fertilizing: Incorporate a balanced fertilizer into the soil at planting time.
- Watering: Regularly water newly planted specimens until they’re well-established.
- Mulching: Apply a thick layer of mulch to maintain consistent soil moisture.
4. The Exotic Trio:
- Japonica Mountain Fire – Known for its fiery red new growth, this shrub offers year-round interest.
- Leucothe Rainbow – Its glossy leaves change from pinkish-red to green, cream, and finally to deep burgundy.
- Heuchera Pretty in Pistachio – This perennial brings light, creamy-green leaves with rose-red flowers, creating a cool contrast.
Planting Tips for the Exotic Trio:
- Fertilizing: Mix a slow-release, granular fertilizer with the soil when planting.
- Watering: Water the plants deeply after planting and maintain consistent moisture levels, especially in the first year.
- Mulching: Apply a generous layer of mulch around the plants, keeping it away from the stem.
As the temperatures begin to drop and the days shorten, these planting combinations will ensure that your garden remains an oasis of color and texture. Visit us at the Country Barn Garden Center for these and many other fantastic fall plant selections. We’re here to help you create the garden of your dreams.