As summer draws to a close, the leaves will begin to turn and the summer heat will give way to milder temperatures. Pumpkins will adorn porches, while adults and children alike will gleefully disturb backyards with mountainous piles of leaves.

Corn Stalk, Pumpkin, and crimson mums

For many, autumn is the second-best time of the year for seasonal decorating - right behind Christmas! If this describes you, Al's has everything you need for fantastic fall decor. Weather you are changing the decorative elements inside your home, or you want to dress up your front porch, we've got just the fall inspiration for you.

A planted ceramic pot sits among a collection of fall plants

With kids now headed back to school, it's time to formally usher in fall.  While pumpkins haven't arrived just yet, there is plenty of fall color and texture to explore and enjoy in your garden now. We love using our Fall Collection in container gardens, which makes it easy to beautify your porch or patio.

Al's Video Tip

Eve Hansen takes a look at how to use the exciting plants arriving in our stores for a fun fall hanging basket.

A display of fall plants

With cooler fall-like mornings in the forecast, it's time to welcome the fall. Just like going back to school, you can get excited about a fresh start in your garden, too. There are many advantages of planting in autumn, not the least of these being their brilliant autumn hues! That's why we are excited to share with you our Fall Collection.

millet

August is all about transitions. Even with 90° days in our forecast, we begin the process of saying goodbye to summer by taking that last vacation and preparing for back to school. In the garden, Petunias and Million Bells give way to Rudbeckia and Millet, transitioning our gardens to the fall. 

A homeowner's pride and joy is their garden. After all, it is usually the first thing a person notices about another's home, and who doesn't like prettily planted flowers or shrubs?

However, starting your own garden can be intimidating and sometimes you may not know where to start. Luckily, with the goal of creating the most beautiful garden and backyard ever, we have compiled a list of gardening secrets a pro wants you to know.

plant nursery

Gardening is a hobby growing in popularity. In 2018, the home and garden market is projected to increase by $10 billion. What are people spending all that money on and are they doing it so their gardens live their best lives?

That's our hope, so we've some color-popping flower advice straight from plant nursery to your yard garden. You know that certain things grow in certain climates, times of the year, soil types, etc. As summer burns on and fall prepares to grace us with golden leaves, your garden must also make the transition.

A row of blooming pink and white crape myrtles

Nothing brings the late summer color quite like Crape Myrtles. With their ruffled flowers that appear just like crape paper, you'll see why these blooms are an outstanding addition to your landscape.

White cone-shaped blooms of a paniculata hydrangea outside of Al's Garden & Home in Sherwood

We love showcasing some of our favorite plants outside of our retail locations, and if you have driven by Al's of Sherwood lately you have probably seen the large football-shaped blooms of Paniculata Hydrangeas. While other plants may be struggling with the summer heat, these hydrangeas are just showing off.