Great Fall Planting Combinations from Cropley’s

Autumn’s chill provides an ideal backdrop to rejuvenate your garden with an array of colors and fascinating textures. At Cropley’s, we are passionate about curating the perfect plant combinations to breathe new life into your outdoor space. Here are some of our favorite selections for this season:

1. The Sedum Spectacle:

  • Sedum R&G Back in Black – This sedum delights with its deep, inky foliage and contrasting radiant pink blooms, thriving especially under the generous sun.
  • Sedum R&R Popstar – Compact in nature, it presents an inviting contrast with its pristine white blooms.
  • Sedum R&R Pure Joy – Rounding off the trio, this sedum features petite bubblegum-pink flowers, becoming a late summer sensation.

Planting Tips for Sedums:

  • Fertilizing: When planting, incorporate a slow-release fertilizer to give them a robust start.
  • Watering: Post-planting, ensure they receive deep watering. Once acclimated, while sedums are drought-tolerant, they appreciate occasional watering.
  • Mulching: Apply a 2-inch layer of organic mulch, ensuring it doesn’t directly touch the plant’s base, to conserve moisture and suppress weeds.

2. The Prairie Drama:

  • Prairie Winds Desert Plains – This ornamental grass is known for its purple blooms that elegantly turn to cream with age, gracefully dancing with the wind.
  • Carex Evergold – Its green and golden striped leaves offer a burst of brightness, setting the scene in the garden’s foreground.

Planting Tips for Prairie Winds and Carex:

  • Fertilizing: Enrich the soil with compost and a balanced fertilizer during planting.
  • Watering: After planting, water them thoroughly and maintain consistent moisture for the initial weeks. Once mature, their drought-tolerance shines through.
  • Mulching: A layer of mulch around the plants will help in retaining soil moisture.

3. The Elegant Ensemble:

  • Pennisetum Purple Fountain – This ornamental grass, adorned with arching burgundy-purple leaves, introduces a sense of motion to the garden.
  • Carex Everillo – This perennial sedge lights up spaces with its vivid lime-green foliage, beautifully complementing the Pennisetum.

Planting Tips for Pennisetum and Carex:

  • Fertilizing: Introduce a balanced fertilizer into the soil at planting.
  • Watering: Ensure newly planted specimens are hydrated consistently.
  • Mulching: A protective layer of mulch guarantees uniform soil moisture retention.

4. The Exotic Trio:

  • Japonica Mountain Fire – Celebrated for its dynamic, fiery red new growth, this shrub remains a visual treat throughout the year.
  • Leucothe Rainbow – With leaves transitioning from pink-red to a mix of green, cream, and a rich burgundy, it’s a garden standout.
  • Heuchera Pretty in Pistachio – Sporting creamy-green leaves and rose-red blossoms, it lends a refreshing contrast.

Planting Tips for the Exotic Trio:

  • Fertilizing: Mix in a granular, slow-release fertilizer with the soil at planting.
  • Watering: Deep and regular watering, particularly in the first year, ensures they flourish.
  • Mulching: Spread a generous layer of mulch, ensuring it steers clear from the stem.

As the seasons transition and the golden hues of autumn drape the surroundings, these plant combinations from Cropley’s will ensure your garden remains a focal point of beauty and splendor. Swing by Cropley’s to discover these and a multitude of other captivating fall plant choices. Together, let’s create your ideal garden sanctuary.