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Step Aside, Mums — Here are 3 Less-Basic Outside Plants That Thrive in Fall

Step Aside, Mums — Here are 3 Less-Basic Outside Plants That Thrive in Fall

The days are getting shorter, the leaves are changing colors, and there’s a cool breeze in the air. Yep – fall is officially here! The front porches in your neighborhood are likely adorned with pumpkins and mums, but if mums aren’t your thing – you’re in luck. Here are three outdoor plants that just may be the key in setting your home apart from the neighbors’ houses this fall.

1. Pansies
Fall is the best time of year to plant pansies, and depending where you live, the colorful blooms could last all winter. They like the sunshine, so make sure you plant them in an area that gets at least some light each day. By skipping summer and planting them in the fall, you could extend the life of the plant.

2. Caryopteris
Who says orange and red have to be the official colors of fall? The purple-blue hue that Caryopterises offer creates a moody and earthy look. Also referred to as the “blue mist shrub,” this beautiful plant is basically maintenance-free. And if winter isn’t too cold in your area, this is a plant that can really thrive all season.

3. Fountain Grass
With its flowing appearance and foxtail-looking blooms, fountain grass is a quintessential plant of the fall season. It typically blooms in late summer or early fall and complements the falling leaves quite nicely. While it can be planted in the spring, fall is the ideal time to plant fountain grass.

Adding a touch of seasonal landscaping can also be a great way to up your home’s curb appeal. Learn more tips and tricks for making your landscaping look great in any season here.

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