Add a little drama to your autumn landscape by mixing colorful fall favorites with dramatic containers. Follow our formula or create your own.
A pair of planters (one 12 inches wide, the other 18 inches wide) makes fall memorable with an eye-catching blue glaze that's the perfect contrast to orange pumpkins. The cool color of the pots harmonizes beautifully with the kale foliage and mum flowers. Cool tones of blue, green and purple contrast with bright pink mums for a showy display. Follow this guide to create your own mixed containers like this.
A: Chrysanthemum 'Beth Violet' — 3
B: Kale (Brassica oleracea 'Chidori White') — 3
C: Aster 'Viking' — 2
D: Kale (Brassica oleracea 'Toscano') — 1
E: Festival grass (Cordyline 'Jurred') — 1
Planted for their spectacular blooms that come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes, mums are the perfect fall-blooming plant. These showy flowers bloom in late summer and continue into the fall, creating dense mats of color. 'Beth Violet' features dense, fuchsia blooms.
Asters get their name from the Latin word for "star," and their flowers are indeed the superstars of the fall garden. Some types of this native plant can reach up to 6 feet with flowers in white and pinks but also, perhaps most strikingly, in rich purples and showy lavenders. 'Viking' is a hardy, mounding variety with light purple blooms in early- to mid-fall.
Flowering kale is known to add color and full texture to any garden. 'Toscano' is what they call a "dinosaur" variety, due to the blistered texture on its leaves. The foliage is a dark blue-green, and adds dynamic height to this container garden.
This ornamental grass grows from 1 to 3 feet, adding height and shape to any container. Dark burgundy foliage in the fall sets this variety apart. Festival grass is low maintenance and drought tolerant, and prefers full sun to part shade.