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Fall To Winter Garden and Landscape Ideas

Fall To Winter Garden Landscape Ideas


Hello friends! Can you believe we are already approaching Thanksgiving? Lately we have finally been having beautiful fall weather I have been spending more time outdoors enjoying the fall garden and refreshing our home’s curb appeal for fall and winter. We often spend time concentrating on making our gardens look like a summer meadow, but they can also be beautiful in the fall and winter too. I have started thinking about ways to easily make changes to our landscape and garden structures that will look good all winter. Today I am sharing some fall to winter garden and landscape ideas. *This post contains affiliate links.

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A lot of people lose interest in gardening when the last of the summer annuals start looking scraggly or their favorite summer perennials are spent, but in my opinion fall is the garden’s last big show! I always love doing a little outdoor work on our home in the fall because the weather is cooler, and the colors are just so beautiful that it’s not a “chore” to be outside in nature. There are some important things to do to the lawn and garden to get it ready for winter however.

Prepare Your Lawn and Garden For Winter

How To Prepare Your Lawn and Garden For Winter


Raking leaves, removing dead or diseased plants, and ensuring that plants or saplings have proper insulation and warmth with mulch or leaf matter are all important fall to winter garden tasks. Check out this buyers guide for the best electric chainsaw if you are considering purchasing some new garden tools to make the work easier.  If you have a pond, or a a water feature be sure to winterize those as well. You can see for info on pond maintenance supplies. If you have a lot of  shade on your yard like I do, taking care of your pond and leaf debris is extremely important to prevent mold and pests.

Fall and Winter Pond Maintenance - Collage

You might also want to consider installing a fence. Last year the deer must have been extremely hungry throughout the winter as they were constantly in my yard munching on our arborvitae and perennials! We are looking into installing a fence in our back yard to prevent this. If you are interested in installing a fence you can also contact the best DFW fence company in your area to do it for you. If you do hire a fencing company or any other type of landscapers just be prepared that they may not work fast enough to suit your needs and to get everything done in time for the holidays. It’s important to remember being honest  pays off. Let them know your needs and desired dates of completion up front When in doubt, get it in writing!

In most gardening zones you can plant new trees, shrubs and perennials all the way through November or the first heavy frost. Fall is actually an ideal time for landscaping.

New Fall Landscaping With Plants and shrubs from Lowe's

I also love creating outdoor fall displays and getting the house and yard looking great for the upcoming holidays. This past week I shared our new fall landscaping and some changes we are currently making to one neglected side of our home. It all started when we stumbled upon an amazing deal on evergreen trees, shrubs and plants at Lowe’s last weekend for 50% off.  The whole family is loving the new changes and we can’t wait to finish the project. The privacy trees we purchased are doing great and have really had a positive impact on the curb appeal. There is still so much I want to do to our back garden. I dream of a kitchen potager and a little area with mini hedge mazes maybe next year! 

Fall To Winter Window Box Ideas

Window box displays are absolutely stunning and can really add curb appeal to any home. Fall is a time when they really can shine.



Ornamental cabbages, mums, and creeping jenny make up a delightful Fall window box.via BHG

Window boxes can add a bit of life and beauty to your home the winter when many other landscape plants are dormant. Small evergreens are low maintenance and look great all winter long.  November is a great time to design window boxes that will easily transition from fall to winter.




We purchased 6 Dwarf Alberta Spruce trees from Lowe’s for our copper window boxes. I am going to add a few pansies and small pumpkins and gourds to dress up the boxes through Thanksgiving. After that I think the simplicity of the evergreens along with some seasonal berries will be an easy and beautiful fall to winter transition.



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I love the idea of adding some cut evergreens branches or holly with berries to the window box for Christmas. This look can also last through winter.


 Fall To Winter Seasonal Urns and Garden Structures


Fall Urn Ideas

I love urns and old birdbaths in the garden! They add character and interest year round, but I love them decorated for fall most of all.  If you love fall urns as much as I do, check out my recent post, Fifteen Fantastic Fall Urn Ideas. 


I also love decorating my birdbath with flowers or pumpkins for fall. This year I have placed a pretty basket full of mums inside an old rusty bird cage on tip of our vintage birdbath.


Add life to your yard with a birdbath. You will be rewarded with fluttering, splashing and birdsong—and a piece of garden art you can use in creative ways. For Autumn/Halloween treat the birds to a real pumpkin...

via Midwest Living

I have seen some of the most adorable ideas for fall and Halloween birdbath displays!

Pumpkins add stylish, creative and fun touches to fall decorating. Try our techniques for creating pumpkins with personality!

via Midwest Living

I have always loved this crow pumpkin perched on top of a birdbath.


The ivy with pumpkins


An ornate bird bath surrounded by a mound of cascading heirloom pumpkins and overflowing ivy and fall flowers is totally “pinworthy!”


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It has only been in the last few years that I realized the beauty of decorating urns and birdbaths for Christmas and winter. Here are a few images I am using as inspiration for making easy fall to winter changes to my urns and birdbath.



Spruce Outdoor Centerpiece Who says centerpieces are just for the Christmas table? A tiny Alberta spruce stands out in this miniature landscape centerpiece. Snowflake lights and wood disks cut from a branch rest on a bed of green sheet moss -- creating a rustic, woodsy scene

via BHG




As the temperatures drop and the garden tucks in for its winter slumber, containers step out of their supporting roles to take a star turn in the garden. Here are a few tips and inspiration photos for creating beautiful winter pots. Jazz up your winter landscape with pots, hanging baskets and window boxes planted with evergreens or overflowing with assorted cuttings from conifers, berries, seed heads and dried flowers. You can plant pots for winter interest as long as the plants are h...



While winter is just around the corner, there is still plenty of time to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors this fall! If you aren’t able to really get out there and do actual new landscaping, why not add a few potted plants around the outside of your front door, along the sides of your porch or patio?


There are several plants such as autumn kale and pansies that will last well into the first part of winter. I am on my way to Lowe’s this afternoon to pick up a few pansies to add to my window boxes. I will be sharing an updated fall landscape post with new photos of my window boxes soon.


Plan for All Seasons - Keep the seasons in mind when you plant your landscape. Having an attractive landscape throughout the year is appealing, especially if you live where summers are short. In this Chicago landscape, perennials and shrubs that provide summer and fall color were specifically selected. Plants include chrysanthemum, serviceberry, witch hazel, viburnum, and flowering kale.

via BHG

Whether you are planning on selling a house, moving into a new one or just wanting to increase your home’s curb appeal, fall is a great time to spruce up the exterior and landscape of your home. You can refresh the whole house with one job  by giving it a new coat of paint or maybe new siding, but just fixing up the landscape for the seasons can really make a dramatic impact.  Winter will be here before we know it, so take advantage of all the beautiful fall weather to give your home and garden a little TLC.


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Have you been working on your home’s curb appeal or landscape this fall? I love hearing from you, dear readers! Thanks for visiting today!





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  • Reply Botanic Bleu

    Great round up of fall to winter gardening ideas! I hope to make my winter garden better this year with some of these ideas in my new front entry windowbox.


    October 24, 2018 at 11:51 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Oh wow Judith, I can already imagine how gorgeous it will be! I actually think your fall porch post is what really had me in the mood to do some new landscaping and do something with the window boxes. Your before and after pictures were amazing. Then we found a great deal on trees and shrubs, and the weather was cooperating so we got started. There is still more to do, but I am excited about the changes. By the way, you might want to click on the source under the Christmas and winter urn photos I shared. I stumbled across that website when I was putting together this post and all the other urn designs are just amazing. I haven’t had a chance to explore it but I bet there are window box ideas there too.

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

      October 25, 2018 at 12:26 am
  • Reply Snap

    Your garden is so lovely with each season. Great recommendations for winter gardens and preparations. Thanks!

    November 2, 2018 at 11:45 am
  • Reply Katie Mansfield

    Great inspiration. I am in love with those snowflake lights.

    November 6, 2018 at 1:28 pm
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