Fall 2015 - Winter 2016 Seasonal Color Inspirations for Landscape

Landscape Trends: Seasonal Color Guide – Fall / Winter 2015-2016


Happy September Everyone!! While it doesn’t quite feel like fall just yet, Starbucks has released the PSL and there is a hint of change in the air! Soon the temps will start cooling off and it will be time to decorate for Fall, which includes changing out your seasonal color in your garden! 🙂

Here are some of Matthew Murrey Designs favorite color combinations and flower picks for this upcoming season!


Tanya Wilson’s Seasonal Color Picks for Fall/Winter 2015-16

The Inspiration

Fall 2015 / Winter 2016 Bottega Veneta ad.

(Photographed by Juergen Teller, featuring fashion model Anna Cleveland)

Bottega Veneta Fall 2015 Winter 2016 Ad Campaign

Color Palette

Inspired by the Bottega Veneta Fall 2016 / Winter 2016 Ad, my color picks are burgundy, peach, bronze and tan. I love the richness and the contrast in this bold color palette.

Bottega Veneta Fall 2015 Winter 2016 Ad Campaign

Suggested Plantings

For burgundy tones choose from plants like Puple Pixie Loropetalum, Sedum Spectabile, Venus Purple Garden Mums, Colossus Red Blotch Pansies, Giant Red Mustard and Redbor Kale.

Purple Pixie Loropetalum - Signature Landscapes - Fall Winter 2015-2016 - color inspirations - burgundy


Photo Credit: Signature Landscapes

Sedum Spectabile - all and Winter 2015-2016 Seasonal Color - Inspired by Bottega Veneta Ad

Photo Credit: Aidan Grey

For peach tones try Georgia Peach Coral Bells, Ursa Pink Garden Mums, or Salmon Petunias.

Georgia Peach Coral Bells - Jackson and Perkins - Fall Winter 2015-2016 - color inspirations - burgundy

Salmon Petunia - Power Flower - Fall Winter 2015-2016 - color inspirations - burgundy

Styling Tip

Keep furniture cushions neutral and toss in a few burgundy or peach outdoor throw pillows or an outdoor rug to bring the yard together. Mix in bronze, tera cotta or concrete containers for a well-rounded look. Throwing a party? Select table arrangements from the same color palette as your seasonal color for a completely cohesive environment.



Matthew Murrey’s Seasonal Color Picks for Fall/Winter 2015-16

The Inspiration

Ralph Lauren’s Bedford Estate featured in Architectural Digest.

Ralph Lauren Bedford Estate - Architectural Digest - Front Landscape - seasonal color

Color Palette

I am always a fan of classic color combinations. In the garden various shades of green and white create a timeless and elegant monochromatic color palette that is anything but boring.

Fall 2015 Landscape Color Inspirations - Ralph Lauren Estate - Bedford, New York - Architectural Digest - Seasonal Color

Suggested Plantings

I prefer is to use more evergreen materials and keep seasonal color beds to a minimum. For seasonal color, I tend to choose white flowers, such as Alyssum, Dusty Miller, Grandeur White Garden Mums, Nagoya White Kale, Delta White Pansies, and White Violas.

This Parisian influenced garden features a swimming pool, gas lanterns, trimmed hedges, and custom paving integrated with synthetic grass. Along the back of the pool, a nine foot tall focal wall showcases water curtains, glass mosaic tile, gas lanterns, and decorative pottery. Inside the covered patio, an outdoor kitchen, fireplace, and multiple seating areas were added for entertaining.

Dusty Miller - Anika Malone - Fall Winter 2015-2016 - color inspirations - Winter White


Photo Credit: Anika Malone

Alyssum - Leonora Enking - Fall Winter 2015-2016 - color inspirations - Winter White


Photo Credit: Leonora Enking

Styling Tip

Keep it simple. A simple color palette allows the paving and hardscape materials to get the appreciation they deserve. When you keep the landscape color palette and material selections classic and simple it also creates endless possibilities in terms of furniture, accents and table decor. Try adding a touch of Navy, Burgundy or Rust to provide the perfect touch for Fall.



Heather Murrey’s Seasonal Color Picks for Fall/Winter 2015-16


Eggplant photo by foodie Alice Henneman.

Eggplant - Fall 2015 best color - Seasonal color - foodie winter 2016

Color Palette

My color picks for the Fall 2015 / Winter 2016 season are inspired by this photo of eggplant. I love the range of colors from the bright green hue of the stem to the deep purple body of the eggplant.

Eggplant - Fall 2015 best color - seasonal color - fall/winter 2015-16

Suggested Plantings

Greens: Peacock White Kale, Winterbor Kale, Songbird White Cabbage, Songbird Red Cabbage.

Songbird Red Cabbage - Seasonal Color Fall Winter 2015-2016


Photo Credit: Bill Benzon

Purples: Lavender Petunias, Midnight Petunias, Purple Fountain Grass, Ornamental Ember Peppers, Delta Lavender Shades Pansies, Delta Violet Pansies, Penny Blue Violas, Penny Violet Violas, Nagoya Red Kale.

Ornamental Pepper Ember - Penn State - Fall Winter 2015-2016 - color inspirations - Eggplant


Photo Credit: Penn State

Deep Plum: Easter Bonnet Violet Alyssum, Venus Purple Garden Mums, Mustard, Redbor Kale, Peacock Red Kale.

Redbor - Tracie Hall - Fall Winter 2015-2016 - color inspirations - Eggplant


Photo Credit: Tracie Hall

Styling Tip

I am loving this whole metallic accents trend going on right now, and this eggplant-inspired color palette works really well with warm metallics like gold, copper and bronze. This color palette also makes the perfect excuse to host a wine and cheese tasting garden party! 😉


Where do you get our inspirations for fall / winter seasonal color? We would love to see which inspirational color palette you chose and how it turned out. Send inspiration and installation photos to social@matthewmurrey.com or tweet them to @mmurreydesign using the hashtag #gardenfashion. We will post our favorites to our Facebook page!


*Be sure to consult with your gardener or local nursery to choose the plants that work best for your seasonal color beds.


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