Garden Design: What to Do In the Fall and Winter

Garden design
Winter is here: it’s time to plan your garden.

Fall and winter are a time to hibernate, but they’re also a time to think about how you want to build your garden in the new year. As you prepare for the winter and enjoy the winter season, consider your future garden design. Making plans during this season will help you set up strategies for your garden that will see you through the coming gardening season.

Enjoy the Last Flowers 

As the flowers begin to fade, enjoy them and observe how they add to your garden. Note the ways that your garden looks beautiful at this time of the year and the ways that you could change it next year to make it look even better. In all of the fuss over spring blossoms, it’s easy to forget that fall has its own beauty and that you need to plan ahead if you want beautiful fall foliage and flowers. 

Winterize Your Outdoor Living Spaces 

If you have outdoor furniture, an outdoor kitchen, or a play space for the kids, now is the time to tuck all of this away in preparation for the winter. Consider the design of your winter garden space. Where will you need to park and walk in the winter time? Make sure that those areas are clear of furniture and other impediments and that they’re easy to walk along and shovel in the winter.

Add Perennials and Grasses to Your Garden

Before it gets too cold, wet, and frozen, add those perennials that you’ve been planning to add to your garden all summer. This is the right time to plant since the perennials will establish roots during the cool, damp fall and come back in the spring ready to establish themselves in your garden for good. If you’ve been thinking about replenishing your grass, “The soil should be tested to determine pH and nutrient availability,” according to House Beautiful. Correct any pH problems, then aerate and reseed the lawn.  

Garden design
Create new flower beds using mulch and plant spring bulbs in the fall.

Create New Flower Beds 

If you want to build garden soil, fall and winter are the time to do this. By installing a new flower bed in the fall and adding mulch to the bed, you’ll create a thriving soil ecosystem just in time for spring. Put your summer design strategies into play and add leaves, manure, and other layers to your garden. If you don’t want to dig up the soil, that’s fine as well: you can make a lasagna garden. According to The Spruce, “To make a lasagna garden, organic matter is added in layers…The layers break down over time, and you are left with a nutrient-rich, fluffy soil.” 

Add New Bulbs 

If you want to add new color to your spring garden, fall is the time to design a glorious spring bulb garden. Plant your bulbs in the fall for a springtime bounty. Consider what will be blooming in each two week period to make sure that you have color throughout the coming spring.

Plan for the New Year 

As your garden is quiet in the winter, plan for the new year of garden activity. Take notes on what you’ve learned in the garden this year, what you’ve wanted to do, and how you envision your garden taking shape in the new year. For instance, if you’re planning to make a rain garden in the spring, plan when this should occur, and consider purchasing the materials during the slow season so that you’ll have everything ready when spring comes.

At Harry Helmet, we want to help you shape your home and garden so that they work the way that you want them to work. Whether you’re seeking roofing solutions, a gutter cover, or an awning, you can contact us. Schedule a free estimate today.

Written by Del Thebaud

Spring Savings!
20% OFF + $150 OFF
+ no money down, no interest for one year† | Hurry, Offer Ends 6/30/2024
I authorize Lednor Home Solutions to contact me about our products via phone, email, or text. You also understand we use an autodialing phone system, and my consent is not required to obtain a free estimate - I can call 888-543-5638 instead. We will never share your personal information with 3rd parties for marketing purposes or spam you. You can opt out at any time. Message/data rates apply. Consent is not a condition of purchase. Terms | Privacy Policy


1 Million+ Satisfied Customers Nationwide

I recently had the Gutter Helmet by Harry Helmet installed on my house. It not only looks amazing, but the guys arrived on time, were professional and efficiently got the job done. I am very satisfied with Gutter Helmet's attention to detail and fulfilling their work as promised. I will definitely tell my neighbors about the Gutter Helmet.
I have had Gutter Helmets for 20 years. In all that time I've never had a problem until recently a bird's nest found its way into one of my gutters. The installer who came to replace the product was the same installer from 20 years earlier. Now that's impressive. Everyone at Gutter Helmet inclusive of the office staff were professional and a pleasure to work with.
Gutter Helmet by Harry Helmet just replaced our roof and we could not be more satisfied. The crew showed up early, worked all day and stayed late, were professional and caring regarding the project and the surrounding impact it had on our property and home. They completed the roof quickly and it looks simply amazing!
VERY happy with our entire experience adding Gutter Helmet by Harry Helmet to our house. Installing this was a great value for us. The gutters are working perfectly in heavy downpours and with year-long leaves and debris coming down from our river birches. Terrific customer service and a first class product.
We needed our roof repaired due to wind damage. After several quotes, Gutter Helmet was the only company that went into our attic to look and see if more damage had occurred. If it wasn't for them taking the extra time to look at everything, we would have had rotting wood under our new roof. They were very professional and gave a fair quote.
We just had Gutter Helmet installed on our gutters and couldn't be happier. They provided us with useful information about Gutter Helmet and cleaned up everything, leaving no mess behind. We definitely recommend Gutter Helmet to anyone considering this product.

20% OFF + $150 OFF

We work hard with each manufacturer to offer our customers the best promotions monthly.

Find a Location

Serving a Location Near You


Join the Lednor Home Solutions Family

We're seeking fun, outgoing, and confident individuals who enjoy winning to join our team. Lednor Home Solutions is an equal opportunity employer and we operate a safety first & drug-free workplace focused on employee safety. Great pay and benefits, apply today!