One sure way to highlight the fall colors in your yard is to pair them with evergreens. Engelmann spruce (Picea engelmannii), Korean fire (Abies koreana 'Horstmann Silberlocke'), and dwarf blue spruce (Picea pungens 'Corbet'), for example, looks smashing against bold reds and oranges. And bright yellows practically sing next to a dark green background.
This stone/fern/groundcover combo would look great under those giant trees by the play structure....ShadeScaping / Stone path to woodland area - This picture shows a homeowner's rock pathway filled with shade loving ferns and smaller perennials.
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