10 Autumn backyards that are completely awe-inspiring

Sep 30, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. ET
Image: Holland Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Blue Ridge Landscaping

The sun is shining, the birds are singing and all is well with the world, because fall is here, my friends. And since we've been waiting for this season since we last saw it, we've rounded up some picture-perfect fall backyards to revel in autumnal glory.

If the road less traveled is winding and strewn with freshly fallen Japanese maple leaves like this path, we totally understand why Robert Frost was so eager to take it.

Between the rustic mansion cabin and the awe-inspiring wash of yellow and orange foliage, this backyard is fall nirvana.

Yes, more Japanese maples. No, we are not sorry. You just can't beat those colors. Plus, this backyard has more than one variety — the Acer palmatum (the Japanese Maple) and the Acer japonicum (the Fullmoon maple). We'd definitely be down to zen out here.

You know what fall means... fire pit season has officially arrived, and few things make us happier than snuggling up around a cozy fire pit in the crisp fall air. This space's fall appeal is enhanced by Vine maples with landscape lighting and lanterns from Restoration Hardware.

If you've been holding off on hitting up the local farmers market to pick up your annual haul of pumpkins, the wait is over. In this backyard, they are brilliantly displayed alongside sunny marigolds and cheerful yellow Solidago rugosa (aka Fireworks) for a decidedly fall feel.

If ever there was a good reason not to rake your yard, it is this. Look at that carpet of stunning red leaves. Pardon our pun but, if you've got this going on in your backyard, just leave it be.

A mountain stream-style water feature running through our backyard? Yes, please. Nothing sounds more divine than sitting on this tranquil Flagstaff stone patio, curling up in that nubby throw and watching the fall foliage drift downstream.

Pumpkins and hay bales and orange leaves, oh my! Who wouldn't want to take a stroll on this backyard garden path?

If we had our druthers, we would set up camp on a picnic blanket right in the middle of this yard's grassy square and while away the day watching the leaves fall and listening to the water feature.

Everything about this backyard's landscaping is stunning. The rich mix of oranges, greens, browns, deep purples, reds and yellows found among the varying plant species makes us want to wear riding boots, an oversized cowl neck sweater and drink a pumpkin spice latte.

This post was sponsored by Marie Callender’s Pot Pies. Delicious anytime.

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