Typically, we think of spring as a time of regrowth and a good time to plant and expand your garden. However, you don’t have to wait until March or April to start planting and enjoy the colors and textures of a beautiful landscape. There are some great plants that are perfect to plant in Raleigh in the fall and will make your winter garden more interesting.


The dogwood is already a popular shrub throughout North Carolina. There are many different species to choose from and a lot of them come with distinctive bark, which can add color to your garden. Plant them in the fall to enjoy the red and yellow hues of the bark and by spring they will be loaded with fragrant blooms. 


These woody shrubs produce flowers in the spring, but they are full of color throughout the year. During the fall, they display beautiful fall foliage colors and by winter they will be covered in blue berries. Expect your viburnum to reach a height of 6’ to 8’ feet when it has fully matured.


Holly provides the classic Christmas color contrast of deep glossy green leaves against red berries. These hardy trees put on a great show throughout the year and their berries will be around well into the winter months. 


Sarcococca is a unique box shrub that actually waits until mid-winter to flower. Planting a few during the fall will mean that you get to enjoy small, fragrant white flowers once the rest of the garden has gone dormant. 

Winter Jasmine

This flowering plant also blooms during the winter and can be trained to climb up a trellis, making it a great addition to certain architectural features around your landscape. Healthy winter jasmine will yield star-shaped yellow flowers and grow to a height of up to 15’. 

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to enhance your fall and winter garden and enjoy beautiful plants throughout the year. For additional help with your Raleigh area fall planting plans, contact the experts at JT’s Landscaping and Lawn Care.