Garden Ideas for the Fall

10 inspiring garden ideas for the fall

It's that time of year again. The time of year us South Floridians cherish the most: fall/winter. With temperatures consistently in the 90s and humidity often at 100%, I personally roast in summer. The mosquitos alone will drive a person batty! But hope is just around the corner, and with that we return to the outdoors to enjoy nature.

The fall/winter weather in South Florida is some of the finest in the world. While the rest of the States are freezing and under drifts of snow, we're enjoying day time temperatures in the mid 80s. That's pretty sweet! During this time, it's no wonder South Florida is a hot spot for snow birds and vacationers.

Not sure what to do with this super fine weather? Why not spend it sprucing up that front yard or putting in that organic garden you've always wanted? You know, it's the perfect time of year to plant a fruit tree or two. Whatever your aspirations might be, you might need a few garden ideas to help with the transformation.

With over 20 years' experience beautifying South Florida, Brent's seen it all. Here are his top 10 inspiring garden ideas for the fall.

1. Get organized

One of the main reasons the majority of South Florida landscapes look bad is because they're messy. Get a couple big garbage bags and gather up all those dead palm fronds. Any broken pots laying around? Throw em out! Spring cleaning in the fall I always say. You'll be surprised how much better things look when the yard is cleaned up.

Garden Ideas for the Fall: Clean Up That Yard

2. Butterfly gardens

South Florida weather is perfect for attracting butterflies and there's no better time to enjoy them than in the fall. Get those gardening gloves on, grab your shovel and plant some milkweed for the monarchs, corky stem passion vine for the zebras, and a citrus tree for the giant swallowtail. Soon you'll be chilling in your hammock, surrounded by your fluttering friends.

3. Fruit Tree

Another great garden idea for the fall is to plant some fruit trees. Trees like mango, avocado, lime, and jackfruit thrive in our temperate climate, producing quickly and providing wonderful shade when the temperatures creep up. Fruit trees are beautiful and delicious!

Garden Ideas for the Fall: Banana Tree

4. Organic garden 

For us gardeners, there's no better time in the year to plant your herbs and veggies than in the fall. Crisp lettuce, tender broccoli, and juicy tomatoes thrive in the cooler fall/winter weather. Garden ideas for organic gardening include bean pole tipis for your beans and cucumbers. Let those vines climb, which means less bending over.

5. Hang a hammock

Got a couple coco palms that are close together? Get yourself a hammock and tie it up. Midday temps in the 70s, butterflies fluttering about, a little Bob Marley music, a piƱa colada... You get the idea.

Garden Ideas for the Fall: Time to Relax

6. Bougainvillea for color

Is there anything prettier than a bougainvillea bush in full bloom? Breathtaking, aren't they! With over 100 colors to choose from, these tropical bushes have graced Florida landscapes for years. Choose a nice sunny spot, dig a hole, add compost, and plant your favorite color. Mine is fuchsia!

Garden Ideas for the Fall: Bougainvillea

7. Fragrance

After a long day at work, there's no better feeling than being welcomed home by fragrant flowers in your front yard. Fragrant flowers for the fall would include almond bushes, roses, and gardenias. These are all easy to maintain and thrive in the cooler, drier climate of our fall/winter months.

Garden Ideas for the Fall: Fragrance

8. Hummingbirds

Another great idea for your fall garden is to attract hummingbirds. The hummingbirds migrate through South Florida from November to April and love to nectar on sweet flowers like firebush, firespike, and ruby red pentas.

9. Bird bath

One of my favorite pastimes is to sit and watch birds taking turns at a bird bath. Position the bird bath near a small tree, as the birds need to feel sheltered. Remember, the fall/winter months in South Florida are dry, so be sure to keep your bird bath clean and full of water.

Garden Ideas for the Fall: Bird Bath

10. Entertain

Enjoy the fruits of your labor and entertain your family and friends. The weather is so divine from December through March, so take advantage of it. Sit around a campfire eating s'mores and telling stories, or invite your friends to a garden brunch. You've worked hard to make your garden beautiful; now you can enjoy it!

Gardens Ideas for the Fall: Firepit for Entertaining

Need help with your landscape design?

Sometimes we have all the garden ideas in the world, but just need a little help organizing them. Brent can help you get back on track. With over 20 years' experience of beautifying South Florida, he knows what works and what doesn't in our tropical climate.

Get in touch to schedule your one-on-one consultation and get your garden looking beautiful again.

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