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Top 4 Landscape Trends for Fall

Get ready for textured plantings, jewel tones, cozy outdoor living areas, and lush lawns

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"Move over mums and classic orange and yellow color schemes. This fall, we expect to see a challenge to classic fall plantings with an increasing number of textured plantings and jewel-tone hues debuting in backyards across America." That's the word from Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for the National Association of Landscape Professionals.

In addition, Henriksen says, expect comfortable outdoor living styles and quests for lush lawns this season. “As homeowners look to extend their time outdoors, they are considering how simple lawn care fundamentals and landscape design can make an immediate impact on their yard heading into fall,” she explains.

Here's a closer look at the trends:

Photo: Photoscape, LLC, Member NALP 

1. Rich, Textured Plantings

Fall provides the opportunity to refresh garden beds and container gardens. Before relying on the comfort of traditional mums, experts recommend consideration of ornamental kales, cabbage, and peppers, as well as snapdragons, pansies, and grasses to add rich color and texture. Homeowners should also consider texture while interiorscaping, the art of purposefully planting indoor greenery. Succulents can add life to a garden bed or apartment terrace during the warmer months and add a trendy, textured green vibe during the fall and winter months.


Photo: L.I.D. Landscapes Boulder, CO; Member NALP

2. Pops of Jewel Tones

Classic fall colors like red, yellow, and orange will seek competition from crisp and sophisticated jewel tones this season. Sapphire blue, emerald green, amethyst purple, ruby red, and citrine yellow all bring warmth to fall landscape design. Experts recommend adding pops of jewel tones to outdoor living spaces with unique container gardens, decorative furnishings, and accessories, eye-catching sculptures and seasonal plantings such as pansies, celosia, dianthus, and black-eyed Susan.


Photo: Rine Landscape Group, Columbus, OH; member NALP

3. Cozy, Comfortable Outdoor Living

After enjoying sweet summertime, fall allows homeowners to transition their landscapes and utilize features that are not always top-of-mind during warmer months. Fire features continue to rise in popularity. From one-touch natural gas or propane ignition to traditional wood-burning fire features, homeowners can heat up chilly fall nights with ease and ambience. This year, pergolas gained popularity, and we will see their lifespan continue in the cooler month with the help of retractable canopies and heating systems. Signature features, like fire features and pergolas, complimented by comfortable seating and attractive and aromatic plantings and jewel tones will bring resort-like comfort to homes across the country.

Photo:Designs By Sundown, Littleton, CO; member NALP​

4. Healthy, Lush Lawns

Americans love their lawns. A recent national survey conducted by Engine’s CARAVAN Omnibus on behalf of NALP found 77 percent of Americans report relaxing in their yards at least once a month. Well-maintained lawns support the well-being of neighborhoods and allow communities to connect, play, celebrate, and unwind. Fall is one of the most critical seasons for preparing lawns and landscapes for year-round health. By working with a professional on essential fall lawn care needs homeowners will see a plethora of benefits come spring.


The voice of the landscape industry, NALP develops its trends reports based on the expertise of professionals from around the United States supporting Americans’ growing passion for evolving the tried-and-true elements of landscapes: well-maintained lawns, outdoor living spaces, fire features, and more. For more fall landscape and lawn care inspiration or to find a local, qualified landscape professional, visit