A Fabulous Fall Garden – FineGardening


My name is Stacy Ling. I am an avid gardener and a lifelong resident of New Jersey. I have been married for 23 years to Chris, a forensic architect, and we have three teenage girls and two dogs. Gardening has been my passion for well over 20 years. Shortly after having children, I became a master gardener and expanded my home gardens, as well as helping some neighbors out along the way. Starting a blog where I can share my passion is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. I finally launched it almost a year ago.

I’m sharing some photos of my front walkway garden. While I have several gardens, this one is designed to bloom throughout the growing season and attracts many pollinators. The growing season is winding down here.

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In this garden is Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ (Zones 3–9), dahlias (Zones 8–11 or as tender bulb), marigolds (Tagetes sp., annual), Euphorbia, Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia, Zones 5–9), pansies (Viola × wittrockiana, cool-season annual), and knockout roses (Rosa ‘Radrazz’, Zones 4–9), ornamental grasses, arborvitae (Thuja, Zones 3–7), asters, ornamental kale (Brassica oleracea, cool-season annual/biennial), and dwarf Alberta spruce (Picea glauca ‘Conica’, Zones 3–6).

To me, the best fall plant is ‘Autumn Joy’ sedum . I have been watching it throughout the growing season in my weekly virtual garden tour on my blog. Although it is a perennial, it is a low-maintenance, easy-care plant that provides year-round interest. But you can’t beat the amazing color variations during fall. When the flowers fade and dry out, I use them in outdoor winter containers, as well as leave them up all winter for the snow to rest upon. It is a tough-as-nails four-season plant that is great for both novice and experienced gardeners.

Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ is a star in this garden.

A diverse mixture of shrubs, perennials, and annuals keeps this garden exciting in every season.

Dahlias are often at their best at the end of the season, right before the frost puts an end to the show.

From this angle, the garden seems to be entirely filling the space in front of the door.

This wide view from the front shows how the beds surround and show off the beautifully decorated door.

Close-up of the front door décor.

The entry celebrates the beauty of autumn.

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