Fall Container-Garden Recipes

Add beauty to your fall garden or landscape with these container-garden creations.

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Fall Container Garden
Make an Accent

    Small containers are great accents because you can easily move them for parties, to fill in gaps in the garden, or just to change up 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

Keep it Cool

    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

Utilize Rich Colors

    Deep, dark purples create garden intrigue, especially when they're paired with a bold, bright color. Create contrast for a stunning fall show.

    A. Leatherleaf sedge (Carex buchananii) -- 2

    B. Gold mum (Chrysanthemum 'Golden Andrea') -- 1

    C. Purple millet (Pennisetum 'Jester') -- 3

Play Up Texture

    Frost-tolerant flowering kale is a perfect choice for adding color and texture to late-season containers. Try a handful of varieties to create a bold look.

    A. Flowering kale (Brassica 'Osaka White') -- 2

    B. Flowering kale (Brassica 'Pigeon Purple') -- 1

    C. Flowering kale (Brassica 'Redbor') -- 1

Go Bold with Color

    Reds, oranges, browns, and yellows fill the fall landscape. Add color and contrast with pink, blue, or silver flowering container plantings!

    A. Pink mum (Chrysanthemum 'Soft Cheryl') -- 1

    B. Dusty miller (Senecio cineraria) -- 3

    C. Purple kale (Brassica 'Redbor') -- 1

Use an Interesting Container

    Top off 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. Red mum (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

Add Art

    Give your fall container gardens a bit of whimsy by adding artistic elements. A candle, for example, ties into the colors and gives the container additional height and texture.

    A. Lavender mum (Chrysanthemum 'Cheryl') -- 2

    B. Sedge (Carex flagellifera) -- 1

    C. Creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia 'Aurea') -- 1

    D. Pansy (Viola 'Icicle') -- 3

    E. Purple fountaingrass (Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum') -- 1

Grow Glorious Grasses

    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. Pink mum (Chrysanthemum 'Cecilia') -- 2

    C. Strawflower (Bracteantha 'Sundaze Golden Yellow') -- 1

    D. Purple fountaingrass (Pennisetum 'Burgundy Giant') -- 1

Go Patriotic

    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 farinacea 'Mystic Spires Blue' -- 1

Beat Frost

    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

Add Formal Flair

    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

Select Soft Colors

    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. Mum (Chrysanthemum 'Debonaire') -- 2

    D. Purple fountaingrass (Pennisetum setaceum 'Red Riding Hood') -- 1

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' -- 2

    B. Red mum (Chrysanthemum 'Brandi') -- 1

    C. Flowering kale (Brassica 'Osaka Purple') -- 1

    D. Fountaingrass (Pennisetum 'Hameln') -- 1

    E. Sage (Salvia officinalis) -- 1

Keep It Simple

    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 maritima 'Wonderland Mulberry Mix') -- 6

    B. Flowering kale (Brassica 'Osaka Purple') -- 1

    C. Flowering stock (Matthiola incana 'Vintage Lavender') -- 2

Mix Materials

    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 nerviglumis 'Pink Crystals') -- 2

Forgo Flowers

    Lots of fall landscapes rely on foliage for a big bang -- so why shouldn't your container gardens? Try plants with colorful leaves so the container sill looks pretty after blooms fade.

    A. Swiss chard (Beta vulgaris 'Bright Lights') -- 3

    B. Flowering kale (Brassica 'Pigeon Purple') -- 1

    C. Coralbells (Heuchera 'Marmalade') -- 1

Add Cheer

    Even against the bright colors of fall, yellow shines in the landscape. Pansies are some of the best plants for fall because they flower well past the first frost.

    A. Pansy (Viola 'Panola Yellow Blotch') -- 3

    B. Licorice plant (Helichrysum 'Icicles') -- 2

Create a Wonderful Window Box

    Mums are among the most widely used fall plants. Use them to fill your window boxes for a burst of autumn color.

    A. Yellow mum (Chrysanthemum 'Draga') -- 2

    B. Bronze mum (Chrysanthemum 'Denise') -- 4

    C. Flowering kale (Brassica 'Osaka Purple') -- 2

    D. Variegated ivy (Hedera helix 'Glacier') -- 1

Plant Perennials

    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

Keep to a Color Theme

    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. Orange mum (Chrysanthemum 'Festive Ursula') -- 2

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