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5 Landscape Trends for Fall

Don't pack up your green thumb for the season—here are five ways to enjoy the cool, crisp days of autumn

Produced by Sally Finder Weepie

1. Technologically advanced fire features


Photo courtesy of the Designs by Sundown, Littleton, CO/National Association of Landscape Professionals

The National Association of Landscape Professionals reports that fire features continue to be a top homeowner request, and during the fall in particular, fire pits and fireplaces are in high demand. In keeping with the home automation trend sweeping the nation, today’s fire features offer advanced technological capabilities, with the ability to be programmed to turn on/off at particular times or to be controlled from the indoors or with a smartphone. This automation trend also extends to irrigation systems, which is especially useful during the typically wetter fall season, to prevent excess watering of lawns and landscapes.

2. Contemporary twists on classic fall plantings


Photo courtesy of Sun Valley Landscaping, Omaha, NE/National Association of Landscape Professionals

Flowers, shrubs, and trees that highlight the rich, warm colors of the season and reach their peak blooming time in the fall and winter months, such as chrysanthemums, boxwood, and maples, are hallmarks of fall landscapes. Several classic plantings are also now engineered to be more hardy and longer-lasting. This season, expect to see the classics married with modern-day style, with plants arranged in contemporary groupings, and landscape designs reflecting clean lines and simple sophistication.

3. Increased focus on lighting up landscapes for safety


Photo courtesy of McKay Landscape Lighting, Omaha, NE/National Association of Landscape Professionals

While developing landscapes so they can be safely enjoyed is always a top priority for landscape professionals, more and more design elements of landscapes, such as LED lighting, prioritize safety. Proper landscape lighting is especially important during the shorter fall and winter days, ensuring outdoor play areas are well-lit and walkways are easily accessible through the evening and nighttime hours. Not limited to lighting, the emphasis on safety also plays a role in fall landscape maintenance, when it is important to preemptively evaluate and manage tree branches or overgrown roots that could become a property hazard.

4. Low-maintenance, natural-looking materials


Photo courtesy of Southern Landscape Group, Inc., Evington, VA/National Association of Landscape Professionals

The latest hardscape materials mimic the look of real wood and natural stone without the associated maintenance. Porcelain tiles are quickly becoming a material of choice, as they are less susceptible to degrading from harsh weather conditions, an especially desirable quality during the fall and winter. Similarly, this trend includes faux finishes and materials on outdoor furniture, such as synthetics that look like real leather. 

5. Stunning interiorscapes


Photo courtesy of Raimondi Horticultural Group, Inc., Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ/National Association of Landscape Professionals

During the fall and winter months, “interiorscapes,” or indoor landscapes, will become more prevalent as homeowners seek to bring the outdoors in. No longer limited to basic houseplants, large living “green” walls, made entirely of greenery and other plants, create dramatic focal points in interior rooms and courtyards, while tropical container gardens, such as arrangements of edible citrus trees, bring a taste of the island life to properties in cooler climates.

For more information or to find a qualified landscape professional in your area, visit LoveYourLandscape.org.