Orange Plants for Your Fall Garden

Now that the fall season is here, you may want to achieve a new color scheme for your garden. Burnt orange, bright shades of red and greens that are both muted and pronounced are a few choices. If you want to make your fall garden more attractive with shades of orange this season, there are lots of shrubs and flowers to choose from. Here are some that grow well in autumn and have an impressive hue that adds curb appeal to your property.

Oakleaf Hydrangea

This plant got its name because the leaves are shaped like oak tree leaves. The bushes yield white flowers during the summer that turn a pinkish brown in autumn. Oakleaf hydrangeas are a great addition to your landscape because of their foliage. The foliage turns a beautiful shade of bronze-orange in the fall, and some of the leaves can have a reddish tinge to them. The shrub can grow between 4 and 6 feet, and it can grow to be just as wide. If you want a plant that blooms in all four seasons but gives a spectacular fall color, this is the shrub for you. The hydrangea even shows off a beautiful peeling bark during the coldest months of the year. The Oakleaf hydrangea can tolerate a little shade but grows best in full sun.

Mt. Airy Dwarf Fothergilla

The Fothergilla is a sphere-shaped shrub that has multiple stems that produce white flowers in the spring. The flowers have a pleasant scent. During fall, the foliage is a deep green from summer, but changes to shades of orange, yellow, and deep red. These plants can be 6 to 10 feet tall and 5 to 9 feet wide. Fothergilla must be planted in full or partial sun. The more sunlight the plant gets, the more intense the autumn color will be.

Witch Hazel

This plant, also called the Arnold Promise, is a shrub that blooms at the beginning of spring. Planting witch hazel in full sun will produce orange, red or yellow fall foliage. The plant is not that colorful in the winter or summer. However, the plant makes up for it during the fall.

Virginia Sweetspire

 The Virginia Sweetspire has very colorful leaves and is an alternative to a burning bush shrub. It’s a wonderful fall season plant and isn’t invasive like the burning shrub. Even though the sweetspire does spread, it’s usually not invasive when grown in North America. The plant will form colonies through root-suckering. The Virginia Sweetspire has stunning orange foliage in autumn, but flowers in the spring as well. However, the foliage in the spring is not nearly as attention-getting.

Virginia Creeper

This plant is often mistaken for poison ivy. It produces a wide range of colors in the fall, including a deep orange and reddish purple. The Virginia Creeper grows aggressively during the fall. The plant should be in full sunlight to achieve the brightest color.

Boston Ivy

Boston Ivy is related to the Virginia Creeper. Both of these vine plants belong to the Parthenocissus genus. Boston Ivy is more common than the Virginia Creeper. Some gardeners say that the color of the Boston Ivy is bright orange.


Several viburnums will give your yard stunning fall color. However, the growing conditions for these plants have to be right. The bush blooms nicely in the spring. Spring is the season where the plant blooms pleasant-smelling flowers. Korean Spice Viburnum grows best in full sun and looks great on the patio or deck.

Blackhaw Viburnum yields beautiful white blooms near the end of spring. During the harvest time, the plant produces edible fruit. The berries of the plant are a bluish black during fall. The leaves also have a vivid orange hue when grown in direct sunlight. The fall is also the season when the dark green foliage turns a stunning bronze or red. The Blackhaw Viburnum grows to be between 12 and 15 feet high and can spread 812 feet.

Arrowood Viburnum also has white spring flowers. During autumn, you’ll see deep blueberries and orange-red foliage. The plant has hard, straight stems that come from the base of the plant. Creating arrow shafts were the traditional use of the stems.

American Bittersweet

This vine plant is native to North America. It is often confused with the Oriental bittersweet, which is very invasive when not grown in its native area. American bittersweet is a great choice if you want to add fall color to your garden. The berries of the plant are green in the summer. In the early part of fall, the berries have a yellow husk. As the fall progresses, the berry husks will peel back and show off an orange color. The leaves on the vine also turn a bright yellow, which compliments the berries well.


This shrub is worth your while if you want to increase curb appeal. The Red Chokeberry grows from 6 to 10 feet and has a 3 to 5-foot spread. The shrub also has pretty white flowers that grow in the early part of spring. During the summer, the berries turn a stunning red color. In fall the berries turn a deep shade of purple. This color contrasts well with the deep and medium orange leaves of the plant.

The Viking Black Chokeberry is another orange-hued plant that makes a fall garden beautiful. This plant yields white flowers and deep green leaves near the end of the spring. The foliage turns a deep shade of orange or red as each season progresses. The berries of the plant have a bitter taste to them but are not suitable for humans. The berries stay on the shrub during the winter and are a source of food for birds.


If you live in an area with warm autumns, the Lantana will thrive well. The bright orange flowers also grow well in dry soil and need full sun. The Lantana can grow anywhere from 6 inches to 8 feet. In addition to the beautiful orange color, Lantanas can also grow in white, yellow, pink, purple, and red.