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A Fabulous Fall Garden

Planting for year-round beauty

My name is Stacy Ling. I am an avid gardener and a lifelong resident of New Jersey. I have been married for 23 years to Chris, a forensic architect, and we have three teenage girls and two dogs. Gardening has been my passion for well over 20 years. Shortly after having children, I became a master gardener and expanded my home gardens, as well as helping some neighbors out along the way. Starting a blog where I can share my passion is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. I finally launched it almost a year ago.

I’m sharing some photos of my front walkway garden. While I have several gardens, this one is designed to bloom throughout the growing season and attracts many pollinators. The growing season is winding down here.

In this garden is Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ (Zones 3–9), dahlias (Zones 8–11 or as tender bulb), marigolds (Tagetes sp., annual), Euphorbia, Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia, Zones 5–9), pansies (Viola × wittrockiana, cool-season annual), and knockout roses (Rosa ‘Radrazz’, Zones 4–9), ornamental grasses, arborvitae (Thuja, Zones 3–7), asters, ornamental kale (Brassica oleracea, cool-season annual/biennial), and dwarf Alberta spruce (Picea glauca ‘Conica’, Zones 3–6).

To me, the best fall plant is ‘Autumn Joy’ sedum . I have been watching it throughout the growing season in my weekly virtual garden tour on my blog. Although it is a perennial, it is a low-maintenance, easy-care plant that provides year-round interest. But you can’t beat the amazing color variations during fall. When the flowers fade and dry out, I use them in outdoor winter containers, as well as leave them up all winter for the snow to rest upon. It is a tough-as-nails four-season plant that is great for both novice and experienced gardeners.

Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ is a star in this garden.

A diverse mixture of shrubs, perennials, and annuals keeps this garden exciting in every season.

DahliasDahlias are often at their best at the end of the season, right before the frost puts an end to the show.

From this angle, the garden seems to be entirely filling the space in front of the door.

This wide view from the front shows how the beds surround and show off the beautifully decorated door.

fall garden decorClose-up of the front door décor.

fall front door ideasThe entry celebrates the beauty of autumn.


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    treasuresmom 10/23/2019

    Love your containers. They are done so simply but just so eye-catching! Found your blog & signed up for the newsletters & reminders you have posted. Love it all.

    1. user-7540831 10/23/2019

      Thank you so much! I am happy with how they look this year. I really appreciate you following along! If you are on social media, I also share on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest @bricksnblooms.

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    simplesue 10/23/2019

    Beautiful and inspiring! I found you on Pinterest and found your garden blog also! Thanks for sharing so many beautiful garden photos!

    1. user-7540831 10/23/2019

      Thank you! I really appreciate that and am so glad you are following along! Enjoy the rest of your day!

  3. btucker9675 10/23/2019

    Wonderful entry path borders! So much for people to enjoy as they approach your pretty front door.

    1. user-7540831 10/23/2019

      Thank you so much! I really appreciate your kind words. It means a lot to me. Enjoy your day!

  4. annegad 10/23/2019

    I am enraptured with your fall showing. While you are likely a zone or two above ours I will take inspiration from it. Your
    Containers and fall decor around your front door are original and masterful !

    1. user-7540831 10/23/2019

      I really appreciate that - thank you so much for your kind words. I hope you enjoy the rest of your day!

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    meander_michaele 10/23/2019

    Everything looks delightfully fun, festive and very celebratory of the season. It's that perfect time and there's so much to enjoy in the garden. And, sincere Yowza on that gorgeous its color scheme.

    1. user-7540831 10/23/2019

      Isn't that Dahlia something? I saw them at the nursery in spring and just fell in love! Thank you so much for your kind words! Enjoy your day!!

  6. NewberryNikki 10/23/2019

    Your entryway is stunning! I agree that Autumn Joy Sedum has mastered the art of the year-round garden. It’s one of my most reliable plants.
    Thank you for sharing your beautiful fall garden.

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    AshlieDPerron 10/25/2019

    Nice One!

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