Container Gardening for Fall Fun

It is the perfect time to do fall container plantings. While the basics of design and care don’t really change for fall, there are a few things that need to be taken into consideration.

Choosing Plants: In spring, you are likely choosing plants for their ability to withstand summer heat conditions. When choosing plants for fall, their ability to withstand cool temperatures is key to keeping your containers looking great for months. Another trait to consider is the ability of the plants to bloom under shorter day lengths. Fall is a great time to look to foliage for color. There are many plants with foliage that are now colorful when the temperatures are cool. Heucheras (Coral Bells), asters, and most ornamental grasses are good examples. Foliage also adds color without the need for flowers. Coleus and Sweet Potato Vines have great color for fall and seem to make perfect sense; however, neither of them is at all frost tolerant. They will curl up and die if temperatures get even close to freezing; therefore, they are not good choices for fall containers. For us, pansies, violas, and ornamental kales and cabbages are always good container plantings for fall. Also try ornamental peppers, native sunflowers, golden rods, celosias, and ornamental grasses. Take a nature walk and collect wildflowers, grasses, acorns, twigs, and grapevines to go with the usual pumpkins, gourds, and corn stalks to make your outdoor decorating interesting and beautiful.

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