The Beauty of Autumn Home and Garden Flowers


Most of us who garden, whether new or experienced, know how to get a garden going and looking good throughout the spring and summer. The real test comes when you want to extend the season into autumn, and have the perfect autumn and winter garden. Most plants and herbs don’t fare well when the temperature starts to plummet, and it can be difficult to plan for anything beyond summer’s end. There is helpful design software out there, including HGTV’s Home Design software, that can assist you in your planning for an extended garden season.

autumn home and gardenIf you don’t already know what plants will fare well beyond the summer season, good design software can help. It can plug in your current garden photos digitally, and allow you to research and place good candidates for the perfect autumn garden. Say you’ve got a mixed bed of perennials and annuals, and some herbs and bulbs here and there. You can find out what will expire when, and plan for autumn replacements that will look good until the first freeze. You can find out where the bald spots will be and plan for winter grasses or shrubs that will hold interest throughout the long winter months. Is there a particular area in your garden where nothing will grow, but that might benefit from some colorful art or fencing? Is there a path that’s just too bland in the autumn and winter, but which might look fabulous with some colored gravel or painted tiles? Where will the holes be from the annuals that don’t have that long a life? Find out with your software, which evergreens might be a good replacement, or if a nice chrysanthemum might be a better choice. Which plants will stay green throughout the seasons, like evergreens, and which will hold their form, and even produce berries? Will a big clump of winter grass look good in a particular area, or will the tall forms of browned bamboo be a good backdrop for your garden sculptures? Will your fountain area benefit from some colored walking tiles that punch up the area even when the grass is brown?

You might be interested in trees that give spectacular fall displays of foliage, or which stay green and hold their forms throughout the seasons. With design software, you can place candidates throughout your yard, and move them to appropriate spots with just the click of a mouse. You don’t have to lay it out on grid paper, with pencil and eraser and a compass, then dig the holes and plant the trees, only to discover the spot wasn’t ideal. Design software will allow you to visualize the plantings anywhere and everywhere you might think of, without ever having to pick up a shovel or lay out the money for expensive plantings. You can plan your budget accordingly, knowing that, “I’ll plant this tree at this time of year, and can afford it in this month” just by laying it out ahead of time and knowing what tools and supplies are required.

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