Fantastic Fall Container Gardening Ideas
Add beauty to your fall garden or landscape with these gorgeous container gardening ideas. We have different fall container plants to try, fun container planting ideas, and stunning flower color schemes.
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This beautiful arrangement happens without any flowers—only container garden plants. As a bonus, the planter's rich tapestry of fall colors and textures will last well past first frost.
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.
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Plant an autumn-inspired container in September and enjoy 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'
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A. Bountiful blue blueberry: With vivid fall coloration, blueberries are wonderful additions to containers. Zones 6-10
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
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In each container garden design, 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
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Kale and Hardy
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
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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
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Grow Glorious Grasses
Grasses are a no-brainer for fall gardens. Keep them in mind for your container planting ideas, 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)
B. Chrysanthemum 'Cecilia'
C. Strawflower (Bracteantha 'Sundaze Golden Yellow')
D. Purple fountaingrass (Pennisetum 'Burgundy Giant')
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Make an Accent
Small containers are great accents because you can easily move them for parties, to fill 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.
C. Pansy (Viola 'Panola Orange')
D. Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
E. Celosia 'Prestige Scarlet'
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Perennials can be the highlight of container flower gardening, 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'
B. Fountaingrass (Pennisetum 'Hameln')
C. Diascia 'Flying Colors Trailing Red'
D. Coralbells (Heuchera 'Dolce Creme Brulee')
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A. Swiss chard (Beta vulgaris 'Bright Lights')
B. Flowering kale (Brassica 'Pigeon Purple')
C. Coralbells (Heuchera 'Marmalade')
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Add Formal Flair
Make a statement at your entrance with a well-placed container or two. For bold fall mixed containers, it's tough to beat an urn filled with flowers, such as the one shown here.
A. Purple fountaingrass (Pennisetum 'Burgundy Giant')
B. Coleus (Solenostemon 'Sedona')
C. Zinnia (Zinnia elegans 'Zesty Scarlet')
D. Annual black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia 'Cordoba')
E. Calibrachoa 'Superbells Tequila Sunrise'
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Use an Interesting Container
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'
B. Coleus (Solenostemon 'Tiny Toes')
C. Chrysanthemum 'Blushing Emily'
D. Kale (Brassica oleracea)
E. Plectranthus 'Mona Lavender'
F. Coralbells (Heuchera 'Dolce Creme Brulee'): 1
G. Rubygrass (Melinis 'Pink Champagne'): 1
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Give your fall container gardens a bit of whimsy by adding artistic elements. A birdhouse, for example, ties into the colors and gives the container additional height and texture.
A. Chrysanthemum 'Cheryl'
B. Sedge (Carex flagellifera)
C. Golden creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia 'Aurea')
D. Pansy (Viola 'Icicle')
E. Purple fountaingrass (Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum')
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Select Soft Colors
Container flower gardening is all about balance. Contrast autumn's bold and bright reds, oranges, and yellows with soft shades of pink, lavender, and burgundy.
A. Flowering kale (Brassica 'Osaka Purple')
B. Pansy (Viola 'Icicle')
C. Chrysanthemum 'Debonaire'
D. Purple fountaingrass (Pennisetum 'Red Riding Hood')
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Create Instant Charm
Fall container gardens can be any color. Mix your favorites for a look that suits you. Here, a deep red mum makes a great contrast for a blue calibrachoa in a galvanized container.
A. Calibrachoa 'Cabaret Purple'
B. Chrysanthemum 'Brandi'
C. Flowering kale (Brassica 'Osaka Purple')
D. Fountaingrass (Pennisetum 'Hameln')
E. Sage (Salvia officinalis)
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Keep It Simple
Even just a couple of plants create stunning flower container ideas. This one offers a bonus of the strong fragrance of the flowering stock.
A. Sweet alyssum (Lobularia 'Wonderland Mulberry Mix')
B. Flowering kale (Brassica 'Osaka Purple')
C. Flowering stock (Matthiola 'Vintage Lavender')
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A. Ruffled green kale (Brassica oleracea)
C. Iresine herbstii 'Aureoreticulata'
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Add an Ornamental
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