33 Stunning Fall Container Garden Ideas
Play with height using ornamental grasses fit for fall. Fall gold, orange, and purple hues pair perfectly with a rustic wooden planter.
A. 'Northwind' switchgrass
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'
B. 'Charity' grape holly
C. 'Stoplight' foamy bells
D. 'Nagoya' kale
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. Silver sage
B. 'Frosted Curls' sedge
D. Hot peppers
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.
B. 'Twiggy Dwarf' honeysuckle
C. 'Rainbow' leucothoe
D. 'Berry Smoothie' coralbells
Kale and Hardy
A. 'Purple Lacinato' kale
B. Orange sedge
C. Sundance Mexican orange blossom
D. 'Roy's Red' coprosma
E. Viola sorbet
F. 'Stoplight' foamy bells
A. 'Purple Baron' ornamental millet
B. 'Morning Light' maidengrass
D. Mugo dwarf pine
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
B. 'Cecilia' chrysanthemum
C. 'Sundaze Golden Yellow' strawflower
Container Garden Design Tips
Watch this short video and get tips from Better Homes & Gardens editors on designing gorgeous container gardens.
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. 'Panola Orange' pansy
E. 'Prestige Scarlet' celosia
Great container gardens aren't always just live plants. Here, dried hydrangea flowers add grace and interest to a charming planting.
A. Pig squeak
B. 'Xenox' sedum
C. 'Pink Crystals' rubygrass
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. 'Efanthia' euphorbia
B. 'Hameln' fountaingrass
C. 'Flying Colors Trailing Red' diascia
D. 'Dolce Creme Brulee' coralbells
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. 'Burgundy Giant' fountaingrass
B. 'Sedona' coleus
C. 'Zesty Scarlet' zinnia
D. 'Cordoba' black-eyed Susan
E. 'Superbells Tequila Sunrise' calibrachoa
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. 'Purple Viking' aster
B. 'Kamome Red' flowering kale
C. 'Icicles' licorice plant
Utilize Rich Colors
Go Bold with Color
Keep to a Color Theme
This container looks great because the natural terra-cotta hues echo through all the plants.
A. 'Efanthia' euphorbia
B. 'Ulrich' coleus
D. 'Festive Ursula' chrysanthemum
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. 'Osaka White' flowering kale
B. 'Pigeon Purple' flowering kale
C. 'Redbor' flowering kale
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. 'Golden Globe' loosestrife
B. 'Tiny Toes' coleus
C. 'Blushing Emily' chrysanthemum
E. 'Mona Lavender' plectranthus
F. 'Dolce Creme Brulee' coralbells
G. 'Pink Champagne' rubygrass
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. 'Cheryl' chrysanthemum
C. 'Aurea' golden creeping Jenny
D. 'Icicle' pansy
E. 'Rubrum' purple fountaingrass
Select Soft Colors
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. 'Cabaret Purple' calibrachoa
C. 'Osaka Purple' flowering kale
D. 'Hameln' fountaingrass
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. 'Wonderland Mulberry Mix' sweet alyssum
B. 'Osaka Purple' flowering kale
C. 'Vintage Lavender' flowering stock
Create a Wonderful Window Box
Red, white, and blue never go out of style—so celebrate autumn with these festive colors.
A. Titan Pure White' vinca
B. 'Starla Red' pentas
C. 'Overdam' variegated feather reedgrass
D. 'Mystic Spires Blue' salvia
Add a Pop of Color
A. 'Rubrum' purple fountaingrass
B. Magenta chrysanthemum
Add an Ornamental
A. 'Black Pearl' ornamental black pepper
B. Pink verbena
C. Purple kale
D. Ornamental cabbage