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Tips for Your Fall Plant Containers

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The end of summer doesn't mean you have to put away your pots and containers in preparation for winter. Autumn is a perfect time to design and plant interesting combinations that mirror the colors, shades, and textures of the season.

Follow these tips:

1. TAKE WEATHER INTO ACCOUNT 

Fall Planter Display

Planting containers near the end of the growing season means you can focus on the short term, and don’t have to plan for the long haul. You can add as many plants to your container as you want without the worry that they will outgrow the pot.

2. CHOOSE CONTAINERS YOU LOVE

Look for pots that let moisture out, age well and are beautiful. Build a collection in a variety of materials and sizes. 

3. GROUP SINGLE-SPECIMEN CONTAINERS FOR AN UNCONVENTIONAL DESIGN

Arrange multiple containers, each with a single plant, to create a large composition - try moving them around to try different looks or even change the arrangement as the Fall progresses.

4. THINK OF A CONTAINER AS AN INTRODUCTION TO THE REST OF THE GARDEN

Incorporate plant material from your garden into your combination. Autumn is the time to incorporate dry grasses, seed heads, and other cut branches, leaves, and more that reflect what’s going on in the garden.

5. ADD A DECORATIVE GARDEN STAKE

Dark Colored Planter on Porch Sunny with Thunderstorms

Add a Sunny with Thunderstorms garden stake or garden flag to add visual interest. Choose from a wide variety of stakes - from beautiful to whimsical - from practical (such as a rain gauge or thermometer), to purely decorative.

6. SWAP OUT HOLIDAY DECORATIONS TO MAKE YOUR COMBINATIONS LAST LONGER

For autumn, you can add Halloween decorations then replace them with Thanksgiving décor for a refresh that requires minimal effort.

7. DON'T HIDE THE PLANTER

When you have a gorgeous container, show it off! Fill it with plants that enhance its assets - don’t cover it up with trailing plants.

8. TAKE YOUR PLANTER TO THE NEXT LEVEL: 

  • Pair fall colors with rustic elements - Bringing bold fall colors together with rustic elements makes a winning combination for a seasonal display.
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    Make a simple statement - When you have a stunning urn, keeping the plantings simple is the best way to make a statement.
  • Contrast plants & pumpkins - Fill a wide pot with lush green sedum, then top with pumpkins, gourds and fall leaves for a fresh take on autumn.
  • Choose surprising colors - If you’re looking to break away from the traditional fall color palette, use a moody/dark combination including multiple shades of black, purples, and darker reds for a sophisticated look.
  • Reflect the autumn landscape - The rich, earthy colors of this container perfectly reflect the changing palette of the autumn landscape.
  • Use bright fall flowers - Bright orange fall flowers make a lively planter that rivals any summer combo.
  • Put a modern twist on fall - Three rows of color blocked plantings that epitomize the thriller, filler, spiller container approach.

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  • JoEllen Urasky