Surround this crabapple with an island planting like this and you can guarantee a good look in every season! Although there’s plenty of spring and summer interest here with the flowering crabapple, spirea and bush honeysuckle, fall is when this bed reaches its peak. By then the foliage encore is in full swing, with deep red spirea, orange bush honeysuckle and yellow crabapple leaves. Add to that the bluebeard, dahlia, aster and black-eyed Susan flowers, and you have quite a show!
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Easy-care fall color
This no-fuss group of plants doesn’t require a lot of work to stay looking good. Scratch some compost into the soil in spring and apply a 2- to 3-in. layer of organic mulch to conserve water. Deadhead any spent blooms to keep things tidy and remove any dead branches or stems from the tree or shrubs. Click through the slideshow to learn more about each of these plants.