Bold Fall Mixed Containers

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

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A: 'Beth Violet' Chrysanthemum

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.

Check out more ideas for mums in the garden here.

B: 'Chidori White' Kale

Brassica 'Chidori White' is a variety of flowering kale. It offers green heads with large, bright creamy-white centers. The low stature and lacy edges of this variety adds depth and dimension to this fall container arrangement.

Grow kale like a pro with these tips.

C: 'Viking' Aster

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.

D: 'Toscano' Kale

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.

E: Festival Grass

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.

Explore more easy ornamental grasses here.


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