Fall Perennial Container Garden

Fill an empty urn with fabulous warm colors. Include perennials in your container combinations for a bold look from spring to fall.

Bring color to an empty urn with plants in gorgeous fall colors. A 14-inch bowl becomes a dramatic statement in autumn when it's planted with a collection of perennials. To overwinter the perennials, sink the pot into the ground or move it to a cool spot over the winter.

A: Fountaingrass (Pennisetum alopecuroides) — 1

B: Coralbells (Heuchera 'Peach Flambe') — 2

C: Golden creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia 'Aurea') — 2

A: Fountaingrass

Named for its especially graceful spray of foliage, fountaingrass also sends out beautiful, fuzzy flower plumes in late summer. Pennisetum alopecuroides makes neat but dense clumps of eaves that turn golden in fall and persist into the winter. The bottlebrush panicles of silvery white spikelets (flowers) arise in late summer and mature to bronze.

B: 'Peach Flambe' Coralbells

Coralbells are the coleus of the perennial world. These wonderful plants come in a rainbow of colors, with some varieties grown specifically for their masses of flowers or colorful foliage. 'Peach Flambe' has bright red-orange leaves with rounded lobes; they almost look like maple leaves in fall.

C: Golden Creeping Jenny

Creeping Jenny is a dense, small-leafed plant that makes for great ground cover. In a container, it adds a bright trailing element. The two plants of the golden variety in this container adds chartreuse trailing foliage for contrast against surrounding red leaves.


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