Fall foliage is one of the things that many people look forward to about the season. People often take day trips to view the gorgeous hues of the season. With the right kind of trees in your garden, you won’t have to leave your home to enjoy the colors of fall, even into winter.

Oakleaf Hydrangea

The oakleaf hydrangea has leaves shaped similarly to those on oak trees. They offer white flowers in summer that fade to a pinkish-brown in fall. The oakleaf hydrangea foliage turns reddish, bronzy-orange or purplish in the fall. The shrub grows to a height of 4 to 6 feet, with a similar spread. It is a great choice for all seasons because its branches show a beautiful peeling bark in winter.


Gold Mound spirea comes close to matching the oakleaf hydrangea for its colors. You’ll get spring foliage, summer flowers, and fall color. In addition to gold, you’ll also find splashes of red.

Virginia Creeper

Virginia Creeper looks like poison ivy, but the range of its fall color can be anywhere from a reddish-purple to a reddish orange. While beautiful, it can also be a problem because of aggressive growth.

Boston Ivy

Boston Ivy is related to the Virginia creeper. Both provide beautiful autumn colors, although Boston ivy is better known.


The Viking black chokeberry bears white flowers in May with dark green foliage. The foliage starts red, then goes to purple in the fall. The berries produced by this shrub grow in clusters and are a blackish-purple. Although humans cannot eat them, the bitter-tasting berries can provide nourishment for birds.


Dogwoods look great at any time of year. They have beautiful white or pink springtime flowers, and the gorgeous purple-red tones for the fall.

fothergilla offers blue-green foliage in spring and summer. Its leaves reveal warm shades of gold and orange in fall. Fothergilla has honey-scented springtime flowers as well.

Witch Hazel

A true plant for autumn, witch hazel leaves turn golden-yellow in fall, along with spidery yellow flowers as they drop.

Japanese Maple

One of the best-known plants for an autumn show, the Japanese maple offers glowing shades of red, orange, or yellow at season’s end.

If you’re looking for some beautiful color for your fall garden, let us help. Reach out to Hufnagel today at 201-869-5680.