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Add beauty to your fall garden or landscape with these container-garden creations.
A. Coprosma 'Tequila Sunrise': Shiny leaves with orangey hues exude autumn. Zones 9-11
B. Mahonia 'Charity': Striking evergreen with vivid yellow flowers yields purple berries in winter. Zones 7-9
C. Heucherella 'Stoplight': Lime green leaves with red splotches make this plant easy to combine with other ornamentals. Zones 4-9
D. Kale 'Nagoya': A purple splash offers dramatic contrast.
Dish up the season's bounty by planting frost-tolerant coralbells and Swiss chard in the center of a galvanized pan and surrounding the plants with a colorful collection of gourds and mini squash.
A. Heuchera 'Pinot Gris'
B. Swiss chard, Beta vulgaris
Plant an autumn-inspired container in September and enjoy it until winter sets in. The fuzzy foliage of silver sage grows alongside the arching leaves of sedge and a clump of long-lasting ornamental peppers. Almost-black pansies complete the spooky autumn color palette.
A. Salvia argentea
B. Carex 'Frosted Curls'
C. Viola × wittrockiana 'Bowles' Black'
D. Capsicum annuum
Invest in a pot you love, then let it be your partner, using its color to launch each new combo you plant. Consider a brightly colored pot; neutrals look drab on a gray winter day.
B. Purple kale 'Lacinato': This cold-tolerant annual keeps rich color and bold texture through fall and winter.
C. Millet 'Jade Princess': A tender annual, its chartreuse leaves shine until frost.
D. Heuchera 'Berry Smoothie': Deliciously rich color foliage is a star in pots. Zones 4-9
E. Lamium 'Orchid Frost': The silvery foliage stays fresh even in subzero temps. Zones 4-9
In each pot, use at least one plant with height, one with bright colors, and one with bold textures. There won’t be time for plants to grow in, so pack the pot full for instant impact.
A. Little bluestem: Upright stems complement this design with reddish hues. Zones 3-9
B. Honeysuckle 'Twiggy Dwarf': Fine-textured, chartreuse leaves tinge red in fall. Zones 6–9
C. Leucothoe 'Rainbow': Colorfully variegated foliage is a wonderful partner to the Heuchera. Zones 5–9
D. Heuchera 'Berry Smoothie': Rich, dark leaves contrast to other plants in this pot. Zones 4–9
Flowers are fleeting, so choose plants for lasting foliage. Grasses, kale, Heuchera, and Heucherella are colorful, textural, and frost-hardy, so they're dependable anchors for fall pots.
A. Kale 'Purple Lacinato': The deep purple of this hardy annual is a colorful counterpoint to lighter-color companion plants.
B. Carex 'Orange Sedge': This upright plant offers grassy texture and orange highlights. Zones 7-10
C. Sundance Choisya: Glossy green adds texture to designs. Zones 7-10
D. Coprosma 'Roy's Red': Dark, shiny leaves create strong contrast with lighter foliage. Zones 9-11
E. Viola sorbet mix: These annuals will keep blooming through fall and into winter.
F. Heucherella 'Stoplight': Bright, bicolor leaves on this low grower make it a great pot partner. Zones 4-9
Branch out! Simple objects like twigs add pizzazz to pots. Paint them for even more color.
A. Ornamental millet 'Purple Baron': This annual sports bold, upright, burgundy foliage.
B. Maidengrass 'Morning Light': Wispy, variegated blades accentuate the bolder millet. Zones 5-9
C. Hebe Variegata: White-variegated foliage makes this hebe a nice filler. Zones 7-10
D. Mugo dwarf pine: Dense evergreen branches play a solid supporting role in this combination. Zones 2-7
E. Wintergreen: An American native, wintergreen bears festive red berries in fall. Zones 3-8
Grasses are a no-brainer for fall gardens. Keep them in mind for your container plantings, too. Most grasses look great in pots. Here, purple fountaingrass and blue fescue create a lovely contrast for pink mums and yellow strawflower.
A. Blue fescue (Festuca glauca): 1
B. Chrysanthemum 'Cecilia': 2
C. Strawflower (Bracteantha 'Sundaze Golden Yellow'): 1
D. Purple fountaingrass (Pennisetum 'Burgundy Giant'): 1
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Small containers are great accents because you can easily move them for parties, to fill in gaps in the garden, or just to change your yard's look. This container is a perfect match for a festive series of small pumpkins.
A. Zinnia (Zinnia 'Magellan Orange'): 1
B. Lamium maculatum: 1
C. Pansy (Viola 'Panola Orange'): 1
D. Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis): 1
E. Celosia 'Prestige Scarlet': 1
Great container gardens aren't always just live plants. Here, dried hydrangea flowers add grace and interest to a charming planting.
A. Pig squeak (Bergenia cordifolia): 2
B. Sedum 'Xenox': 2
C. Rubygrass (Melinis 'Pink Crystals'): 2
Perennials can be the highlight of the fall container garden, especially if you choose types with flashy foliage. Treat them as inexpensive annuals or get them in the ground as soon as you can before it freezes.
A. Euphorbia amygdaloides 'Efanthia': 1
B. Fountaingrass (Pennisetum 'Hameln'): 1
C. Diascia 'Flying Colors Trailing Red': 1
D. Coralbells (Heuchera 'Dolce Creme Brulee'): 2
A. Swiss chard (Beta vulgaris 'Bright Lights'): 3
B. Flowering kale (Brassica 'Pigeon Purple'): 1
C. Coralbells (Heuchera 'Marmalade'): 1
Make a statement at your entrance with a well-placed container or two. For classic gardens, it's tough to beat an urn filled with flowers, such as the one shown here.
A. Purple fountaingrass (Pennisetum 'Burgundy Giant'): 1
B. Coleus (Solenostemon 'Sedona'): 1
C. Zinnia (Zinnia elegans 'Zesty Scarlet'): 1
D. Annual black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia 'Cordoba'): 1
E. Calibrachoa 'Superbells Tequila Sunrise': 2
Asters and kale are surefire picks for a great fall show, and silvery foliage from 'Icicles' licorice plant is a perfect end-of-the-season accent.
A. Aster (Aster 'Purple Viking'): 1
B. Flowering kale (Brassica 'Kamome Red'): 2
C. Licorice plant (Helichrysum 'Icicles'): 2
A. Leatherleaf sedge (Carex buchananii): 2
B. Chrysanthemum 'Golden Andrea': 1
C. Purple millet (Pennisetum 'Jester'): 3
A. Chrysanthemum 'Soft Cheryl': 1
B. Dusty miller (Senecio cineraria): 3
C. Purple kale (Brassica 'Redbor'): 1
This container looks great because the natural terra-cotta hues echo through all the plants.
A. Euphorbia amygdaloides 'Efanthia': 2
B. Coleus (Solenostemon 'Ulrich'): 2
C. Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans): 1
D. Chrysanthemum 'Festive Ursula': 2
A. Flowering kale (Brassica 'Osaka White'): 2
B. Flowering kale (Brassica 'Pigeon Purple'): 1
C. Flowering kale (Brassica 'Redbor'): 1
Boost a set of great plants with a fun container, such as an old, cracked birdbath. Or consider an old bushel basket, wooden crate, or other material with character.
A. Lysimachia 'Golden Globe': 1
B. Coleus (Solenostemon 'Tiny Toes'): 1
C. Chrysanthemum 'Blushing Emily': 2
D. Kale (Brassica oleracea): 2
E. Plectranthus 'Mona Lavender': 1
F. Coralbells (Heuchera 'Dolce Creme Brulee'): 1
G. Rubygrass (Melinis 'Pink Champagne'): 1
A. Chrysanthemum 'Cheryl': 2
B. Sedge (Carex flagellifera): 1
C. Golden creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia 'Aurea'): 1
D. Pansy (Viola 'Icicle'): 3
E. Purple fountaingrass (Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum'): 1
Contrast autumn's bold and bright reds, oranges, and yellows with soft shades of pink, lavender, and burgundy.
A. Flowering kale (Brassica 'Osaka Purple'): 1
B. Pansy (Viola 'Icicle'): 4
C. Chrysanthemum 'Debonaire': 2
D. Purple fountaingrass (Pennisetum 'Red Riding Hood'): 1
A. Calibrachoa 'Cabaret Purple': 2
B. Chrysanthemum 'Brandi': 1
C. Flowering kale (Brassica 'Osaka Purple'): 1
D. Fountaingrass (Pennisetum 'Hameln'): 1
E. Sage (Salvia officinalis): 1
Even just a couple of plants creates a stunning container. This one offers a bonus of the strong fragrance of the flowering stock.
A. Sweet alyssum (Lobularia 'Wonderland Mulberry Mix'): 6
B. Flowering kale (Brassica 'Osaka Purple'): 1
C. Flowering stock (Matthiola 'Vintage Lavender'): 2
A. Pansy (Viola 'Panola Yellow Blotch'): 3
B. Licorice plant (Helichrysum 'Icicles'): 2
A. Chrysanthemum 'Draga': 2
B. Chrysanthemum 'Denise': 4
C. Flowering kale (Brassica 'Osaka Purple'): 2
D. Variegated ivy (Hedera helix 'Glacier'): 1
Red, white, and blue never go out of style -- so celebrate autumn with these festive colors.
A. Annual vinca (Catharanthus 'Titan Pure White'): 2
B. Pentas 'Starla Red': 2
C. Variegated feather reedgrass (Calamagrostis 'Overdam'): 1
D. Salvia 'Mystic Spires Blue': 1
Frost doesn't have to mean the end of your container plantings! Tough plants stand up to the cold and stay looking great.
A. Hens-and-chicks (Sempervivum tectorum): 1
B. Ajuga 'Mahogany': 1
C. Flowering kale (Brassica 'Kamome Red'): 1
A simple gathering of cold-resistant ruffled green kale (Brassica oleracea), striking magenta chrysanthemum, and variegated Iresine herbstii 'Aureoreticulata' invokes autumn in earthy containers.
A. Ruffled green kale (Brassica oleracea)
B. Magenta chrysanthemum
C. Iresine herbstii 'Aureoreticulata'
Tassled purple fountaingrass adds height, texture, and just enough color to contrast with vidid magenta chrystanthemums in a terra cotta pot.
A: Purple fountaingrass (Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum')
B. Magenta chrysanthemums
Ornamental black pepper (Capsicum annuum 'Black Pearl') makes an outstanding display in a rusty cast-iron pot with pink verbena, bold purple kale, and ornamental cabbage.
A. Ornamental black pepper (Capsicum annuum 'Black Pearl')
B. Pink verbena
C. Purple kale
D. Ornamental cabbage
An airy mass of long-blooming coreopsis 'Mango Punch' combines with matching chrysanthemums and a few berried spikes of ornamental black pepper in a footed urn.
A. Coreopsis 'Mango Punch'
C. Ornamental black pepper