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Time to Plant Fall Containers

Green Circle Growers - Monday, September 14, 2009

The approach of fall means it's time to redo the containers that grace your front porch or backyard deck. Out with the bedraggled Ivy Geranium (Pelargonium) and wilting Wave Petunias (Petunia); it's time for a fall makeover.

Green Circle Growers Fall Landscaping IdeasThere are many attractive fall plants that lend themselves to container plantings. Fill a low tub or basket with multi-colored Pansies (Pansy/Viola) to greet visitors with a cheerful "hello." Or line your porch steps with container Chrysanthemums (Mums) in identical clay pots.

Choose flower colors to complement or contrast your door wreath and tie pots with matching fabric bows. You can do something similar with Ornamental Cabbage and Kale (Brassic, Ornamental Kale) plants. Use clay or ceramic pots of varying heights and sizes with one plant per pot to emphasize the individuality of each plant.

If you're planting large containers, combine unique flowers, foliage and Ornamental Grass to create eye-catching container plantings in rich autumn colors. Best results are achieved by choosing a primary and two accent plants, although large containers will handle a larger plant variety. Select complementary or contrasting plant colors and a variety of textures for maximum eye appeal. If reusing containers, be sure to replace spent soil with fresh to provide plants with maximum nutrients.

Mix and match these favorite fall plants:

  • Coleus (Solenostemon) with its fire red, burgundy and green variegated leaves is a fall container favorite.
  • Heuchera (Coral Bells) with their frosty silvery green or purple leaves blend beautifully with autumn tones and provide color depth to fall planters.
  • Ipomoea (Sweet Potato Vine) provide a graceful wine-colored counterpoint to brighter fall plants like Ornamental Cabbage and Kale.
  • Sedum (Stonecrop) is an excellent autumn alternative to trailing summer vines as it spills over container sides in graceful tendrils of russet-tinged
  • Snapdragon (Antirrhinum) provides a spot of bright color and vertical height to large container plantings.