When you’ve got more yard than house, landscaping can make or break your curb appeal. In the Pacific Northwest, where native plants can make your garden uniquely spectacular, there is a myriad of landscaping options for a yard that is a showstopper every season.
Landscaping in fall involves cultivating plants that will survive a cold, dark and wet winter. Thankfully, we have many to choose from thriving across the entire Pacific Northwest.
Planting deciduous trees on the north and northwest sides of your house (think fruit trees such as fig, apple, pear or mulberry) will provide substantially cooling summertime benefits, while evergreens planted along the north and south of your house can protect against harsh winter weather.
If vegetable gardens are in your future, begin with plants that will weather the winter; hearty greens like kale, chard and winter cabbage are strong enough to thrive in cold temperatures. Onions and garlic are also great winter crops.
Decorative gardens are difficult to maintain in the colder months but bright florals can be achieved, even in heavy snow. Flowering quince and snowdrops are both very resistant to cold, and look gorgeous against a blanket of alabaster frost.