Fall planting guide

From dramatic seasonal containers to gorgeous autumn grasses, here's everything you need to plant this season

Top plants for your fall garden

Our picks for the very best bulbs, greens, trees, and more to set out now for a vibrant garden come spring

Photo by Thomas J. Story


A few high-impact shrubs are valuable garden building blocks. We already love the burgundy leaves and bright pink flowers of Chinese loro­petalum, and Purple Pixie is the first and strongest dwarf form. Graceful and weeping, it grows 4 to 5 feet wide but tops out at less than 2 feet tall. It’s especially pretty spilling over the edges of a container. Plant this evergreen shrub in full sun or light shade; give it acidic, well-drained soil. Find Purple Pixie at Orchard Supply Hardware (osh.com).


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