Fall planting guide

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

Fall color for your garden

Plant shimmery ornamental grasses and flame-colored flowers for a great fall garden

The modern walkway and bright gardens of a San Luis Obispo home.
Photography by Chris Leschinsky

Gardening for gorgeous fall color

Homeowners Jim and Jamie deYong chose to mimic the golden hills surrounding their San Luis Obispo home with sunny hues in their garden. A half-dozen species of ornamental grasses grow in neat rows near the perimeter of the garden, tying it to neighboring vineyards. In the front and back courtyards, carex and other short grasses continue the theme, while fiery foliage and flowers add to the autumnal mood.

We've made a guide with the right plants and methods to help you recreate this color scheme in your own yard. Follow this simple formula to produce striking results in any garden, even without the golden hills nearby.

Design Ryan Fortini Design Group, San Luis Obispo, CA (fortinihome.com)

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