Prepare Your Garden for Fall with Eight Transitional Shrubs

These stunning plants pack a late-summer punch and last well into autumn.

Even in the height of the summer, it’s not too early to be thinking about fall. Brighten your spirits as the days get shorter by planting high-performing shrubs noted for their scent and color.


  • These shrubs are all low-maintenance and don’t require much pruning, except for holly olive.
  • In late winter or early spring, remove old branches of red twig dogwood to encourage new growth. Added bonus: The branches look great in holiday decorations.
  • Plant several different varieties of blueberries to get the best crop. Birds often get trapped in bushes with netting on them, so let the shrubs grow as nature intended them to.
  • Leave leaf litter on the ground, which will protect roots and feed plants as it decomposes.

The print version of this article appeared with the headline: Bush League.