Container Gardening

Fall Container Planting Ideas for Your Garden

By Marianne Binetti


Showcase a bountiful harvest in your pots: Nothing says autumn like pumpkins, gourds, and squash, so display the autumn harvest while you fill in the bare spots of container gardens. You can add a single mini pumpkin in place of a spent petunia plant or display a mini mountain of gourds and pumpkins in a larger container. Attach wire to the handles of the vegetables and then secure the other end to a short garden stake. Poke the stakes into the potting soil to secure your design and to help balance the tower of plenty.

Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ provides dried flowers: The late summer flowering perennial sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ is available at garden centers and nurseries in the fall and this drought resistant plant thrives in beds and borders. You can also use the thick, cut stems of this sedum to add flower power to autumn pots. Prune off the rust colored blooms with 8 to 10 inches of stem from this or any other flowering sedum and insert the cut end of the stem into potting soil or arrange in a basket for a quick and easy seasonal display. A mix of dried flowers such as hydrangeas and sedums displayed in a porch pot is a wonderful way to welcome your guests and the change in seasons.

Showcase some fall foliage :Love the fiery colors that adorn your maples? Clip some branches and display in your container gardens. You can also staple some maple leaves to a length of twine and use this as a garland around your doorway. Don’t have any fall foliage to display from your garden? Visit the craft store for some realistic stems of maple leaves to poke into container gardens for a season display. There are no rules to worry about when it comes to gardening or making your outdoor space more beautiful – if you like how it looks, just grow for it.

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