The Q&A Archives: Fall planting

Question: We just bought a new house and it has no landscaping. Is it to late in the season to plant some shrubs, bushes or flowers? What kinds of thnigs would you suggest I plant, if any? My Gardening Zone is Northern & Central Midwest Thank you!

Answer: Fall is an excellent time to plant! You're in USDA zone 5 and there are hundreds of possibilities for your new landscape. Here's a list of plants that do well in your gardening zone:
Evergreen Shrubs;
Bearberry (Cotoneaster dammeri); Boxwood (Buxus sempervirens); Broom (Cytisus purgans); Candytuft (Iberis sempervirens); Garland flower (Daphne cneorum);
Euonymus (Euonymus); Germander (Teucrium chamaedrys); Holly (Ilex), some kinds ;
Inkberry (Ilex glabra); Japanese Pieris (Pieris japonica); Labrador tea (Ledum groenlandicum); Leucothoe (Leucothoe fontanesiana); Mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia); Oregon Grapeholly (Mahonia aquifolium) Rhododendron (Rhododendron), some kinds;Yucca (Yucca).

Deciduous Shrubs
American cranberry bush (Viburnum trilobum); Azalea (Rhododendron), some types;
Barberry (Berberis thunbergii); Beautyberry (Callicarpa japonica); Bottlebrush Buckeye (Aesculus parviflora); Broom (Cytisus scoparius); Buckthorn (Rhamnus carolinianus); Buffaloberry (Shepherdia canadensis); Burning bush (Euonymus alatus);
Butterfly bush (Buddleia davidii); Carolina Allspice (Calycanthus floridus); Chokeberry (Aronia arbutifolia); Cinquefoil (Potentilla fruticosa); Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster); Dogwood (Cornus); Enkianthus (Enkianthus campanulatus);Flowering Quince (Chaenomeles speciosa); Fothergilla (Fothergilla); Honeysuckle (Lonicera);
Hydrangea (Hydrangea), some types; Kerria, Japanese (Kerria japonica); Lilac (Syringa); Plum (Prunus angustifolia); Rhododendron (Rhododendron), some kinds;
Rockspray (Cotoneaster horizontalis); Rose (Rosa); Rose-of-Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus); Serviceberry (Amelanchier); Silverberry (Elaeagnus commutata);
Smoketree (Cotinus coggygria), in protected areas; Spicebush (Lindera benzoin);
Spirea (Spiraea); Summersweet (Clethra alnifolia); Staghorn Sumac (Rhus);
Tamarisk (Tamarix ramosissima); Viburnum (Viburnum); Weigela (Weigela florida);
Winterberry (Ilex verticillata); Winterhazel, fragrant (Corylopsis glabrescens);
Witchhazel (Hamamelis).

Of course there will be lots and lots available at local nurseries and garden centers so you may find something else that appeals to you. I'd start now selecting shrubs and trees and then go back to the nurseries in the spring to see what else is available. You're going to have a great time designing and installing your new landscape. Enjoy!

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