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Transitioning to Fall Foliage: Enjoying Garden Color All Year

Updated: Sep 21, 2023

Our Wichita, KS Landscaping Company Will Design and Maintain Your Outdoor Space

Spring and summer blooms add gorgeous color to your landscape, but when fall comes, it all but disappears.

Keep your front and back gardens in bloom in the autumn by adding fall florals that deliver pops of seasonally-appropriate color. They’ll fill in the blanks that warm-weather flowers leave behind so you maintain your curb appeal all year long.

Consider these fall plants for your gardens - and let Meadowlark Landscape & Design know that you need help updating your plantings.

Decorative and Edible Cabbages

Hear us out: decorative cabbages in hues of purples and greens add ground-level interest to garden beds. These fall growers are hardy and last well into the season.

You can even harvest them to eat (if you plant edible ones) and use them in fall tablescapes for Thanksgiving for truly unique arrangements. Ask our Wichita, KS landscapers for advice on the types of cabbages you can plant in our USDA hardiness zone.


Chrysanthemums, commonly called mums, are readily available in late summer and early fall at any garden center. These mounding perennials are often grown as annuals, but early-blooming varieties are likely to come back in subsequent years here in zone 6b. Just be sure to plant them in the ground if you’re hoping for perennial blooms.

Choose from a variety of colors, including those in warm color palettes - think yellows, golds, oranges, or muted reds - or a deep purple hue. Mixing these colors add interest to your front lawn and look great aside October jack-o-lanterns and other decorative gourds arranged carefully on your stoop.


More than 200 species of chrysanthemums are in the aster family, but not all asters are mums. While some asters are spring or summer bloomers, plenty prefer the fall to show their true colors.

The great thing about asters is they come in a wide range of colors and sizes, so you’ll find a cultivar that works well in your landscape. They also attract pollinators and tend to be quite hardy in terms of deer and disease resistance - but not all are appropriate for the Wichita area. Be sure to ask Meadowlark about them the next time you’re scheduled for our landscape services.

Summer Flowers That Bloom Into Fall

If you’ve planted summer flowers like black-eyed susan, goldenrod, sage, or verbena, let them continue growing into the fall. They’ll still bloom and blossom as temperatures cool, providing three-season color to your landscape.

Evergreen Shrubs

Decorative shrubs can keep your landscape looking green all year round. Choose shrubbery that won’t lose leaves in the fall - avoid deciduous ones for this reason.

Evergreen shrubs can look quite traditional, or you can have them trimmed to make a bold statement. Ornamentals are coveted for their unique geometry and eye-catching shapes.

Fall Planting for Late-Year Veggies and Spring Blooms

While you’re adding color to your fall flower garden, don’t forget that it’s also the perfect time to plant bulbs for spring blooms in zone 6b! If you want lilies, crocuses, daffodils, and tulips, wait until fall to plant bulbs in your garden beds.

And don’t think vegetable gardening has to stop just because it’s autumn! In zone 6b, gardeners have great success planting beets, certain types of beans, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, lettuce, onion, squash, and Brussel sprouts. These cold-weather-loving veggies help keep you stocked with fresh produce well past the summer months - and who doesn’t love that?

Planning Your Garden with Our Wichita, KS Landscape Designers

If you’re just getting started in landscaping or want to leave it to the pros to create gorgeous grounds around your home, it’s best to contact a landscape designer.

Landscape designers take into consideration how you use your outdoor spaces, what you want to get from them, and the existing conditions in your yard. Then, they create a landscape plan, including hardscaping, to make your outdoor space look amazing, considering balance, shape, and color. Think of them as an interior decorator for your outdoor space! Autumn is the perfect time to begin planning for spring with a landscape company like Meadowlark.

Ask Us About Fall Landscaping in Wichita, Kansas

Achieve the level of curb appeal you want all year-round with help from our professional landscaping services at Meadowlark Landscape & Design. Together, we’ll help your lawn and garden look its best and maintain its health, no matter what the weather throws our way.

Send us a message online to request more information. We can’t wait to hear from you and see how we can make your yard and garden stand out in your neighborhood.

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