Fall Container Garden Ideas

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    Fall Container Garden Plant Combo

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    Heuchera, Euphorbia and Calibrachoa. Photograph © Kerry Michaels

    Fall is a great time to experiment and have fun with container gardens. Try different colors and textures. Think about using perennials or trying out some cool looking, cold loving annuals in your containers.

    Don't forget that a single plant in a wonderful pot can look stunning. Also, try grouping your containers and try using some pumpkins or decorative gourds to unify your design.

    This picture was taken after several hard frosts and some snow that melted after a few days. Even after the cold and...MORE snow, these plants look great. The heuchera, Dolce 'Blackcurrant, euphorbia, 'Helena's Blush,' and calibrachoa, Superbells 'Dreamsicle,' make a combination that is hardy and colorful and will last through fall and into winter.

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  • 02 of 19

    Two Fall Container Gardens

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    Fall Container Gardens in Re:Tread Pots. Photograph © Kerry Michaels

    These relaxed fall planters feature two of my favorite pots. They are called Retreads and are made in Pakistan from re-used tires. Crafted using ancient leather working techniques, these pots look great any time of year, but work particularly well with the textures and colors of fall. However, if you plant edibles in any pot made from recycled tires, it is best to line them with plastic. For more information on the hazards of planting in tires.

    Plants in these pots are:

    • Lower planter contains...MORE calibrachoa hybrid, Superbells 'Dreamsicle,' and 'ponytails' grass (Stipa tenuissima), also called Mexican Feather Grass.
    • Larger pot contains: purple fountain grass, golden leaf sage 'Icterina' (Salvia officinalis), and stonecrop (Sedum tetractinum)
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  • 03 of 19

    Fall Planter with Snapdragons that Look Like Candy Corn

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    Fall Planter with Orange Snapdragons. Photograph © Kerry Michaels

    This planter by Estabrooks Farms, in Yarmouth, Maine caught my eye because the snapdragons looked just like candy corn, my personal favorite Halloween treat.

    I love the how the purple 'Bluebird' nemesia, contrasts with the 'brown and orange bicolor' snapdragon. While the 'crown red' snapdragon adds some pop, the leather leaf sedge pulls it all together.

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  • 04 of 19

    Grouping of Rustic Fall Container Gardens

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    A hollowed out log can make a great container garden Rustic Group of Fall Container Gardens. Photo © Kerry Michaels

    This grouping of rustic fall container gardens features planters made from hollowed out birch logs. Plants include coleus, fuchsia, impatiens and shamrock.

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  • 05 of 19

    Fall Container Garden Grouping

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    Grouping of Fall Container Gardens. Photo © Kerry Michaels

    By grouping container gardens you can really change the look of an area, be it a deck, a yard, a terrace, a landing or stoop. You can also move your containers around in the grouping to change the look. This is particularly handy in fall because plants like asters and mums get tired and when they do you can easily move them to an out of the way spot.

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  • 06 of 19

    Knock Out Fall Container Garden

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    This fall container garden was created by VSF in New York City Container Garden by VSF. Photo © Kerry Michaels

    This huge fall container garden is one of the most imaginative and beautiful I have ever seen. The use of bittersweet, branches, moss, and ivy with the giant gourd and flowering kale is really a knockout. Bravo to VSF, of New York City.

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    Basket of Flowering Cabbage

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    Flowering Cabbage looks great in a fall container garden Flowering Cabbage Basket. Photo © Kerry Michaels

    This basket of flowering cabbage will look even better as the weather gets colder and the colors deepen. Because of its low profile, this container garden would look great as a table centerpiece or on a low step.

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  • 08 of 19

    Purple Fountain Grass with Wirevine

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    Purple Fountain Grass with Wirevine. Photo © Kerry Michaels

    This fall container garden will last well past the first frost.

    This fall container garden uses purple fountain grass ('Rubrum," pennisetum setaceum) and creeping wirevine (muehlenbeckia) in a simple arrangement. The plain metal planter works well with the elaborate textures of the grasses and wirevine, giving the container garden a modern look.

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  • 09 of 19

    Lamb's Ear in TerraCycle Pot

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    Lamb's ear is a hardy fall container garden plant Lamb's Ear in TerraCycle Pot. Photo © Kerry Michaels

    Large leafed lamb's ear is a great fall container plant. It can be beautiful in a mixed container or alone in a pot. This pot, by TerraCycle is made from recycled e-waste like old computers.

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    Sedum, with Rosemary and Fiber Optic Grass Container Garden

    Container garden picture of container with sedum, grass and rosemary
    Container by Estabrook's. Photo © Kerry Michaels

    This fall container garden uses the wonderful structure of rosemary to compliment the loosey-goosey look of the fountain grass. The combination of the dusty pink and sage of the Sedum, also known as stonecrop, looks great draping over the edge. This container garden will look fantastic through fall and into winter.

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    Small Rustic Basket Container Garden with Fuchsia and Shamrock

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    Rustic Basket Container Garden. Photo © Kerry Michaels

    This container garden in a rustic basket is made for the shade. The fuchsia ('Summer splash') and shamrock ('Charmed Wine,' oxalis) work well together and are happy in shade to part shade. Neither is fussy and when the temperatures start to dip you can bring them inside.

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    Hens and Chicks in an Old Wire Basket

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    Hens and chicks are a wonderful, hard to kill fall container garden plant Hens and Chicks in an Old Basket. Photo © Kerry Michaels

    This basket of hens and chicks (sempervivum,'Red Beauty') will last right through the fall. These succulents thrive on neglect and you can transplant them before the ground freezes. They are incredibly easy transplant - you basically just rest them on some sandy, well-drained soil. If it's sunny they should spread and thrive.

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    Heuchera with Gourd

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    Heuchera Hybrid, Dolce, 'Mocha Mint.' Fall Container Garden with Heuchera and Gourd. Photo © Kerry Michaels

    You can't beat coral bells, also called heuchera, for a fall container garden plant. They love the cold and only get more beautiful as the temperature drops. Hybrids come in a gorgeous array of colors from a bright 'Key Lime,' to an almost black-purple, 'Blackcurrant.'

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    White Clover and Asters in Bamboo Basket

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    White Clover and Pink Aster. Photo © Kerry Michaels

    White clover, "Dark Dancer," is a wonder fall container garden plant. The colors are fantastic and it's hardy to -30°F! The leaves are small and the plant is compact and dense so it can really tie a container garden together. The pink of the aster really brings out the deep purply-pink of the white clover.

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    Large Terra Cotta Container Garden Stuffed with Fall Plants

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    Large Terra Cotta Pot Container Garden. Photo © Kerry Michaels

    This large terra cotta pot is stuffed to the brim with fall plants: large leafed lamb's ear, sweet potato vine, sedum, flowering kale and a small ornamental grass.

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    Mums, Coral Bells and Ornamental Grass

    Container garden picture of coral bells, toffee twist sedge and pink mum
    These plants play well together in a fall container garden Coral Bells, Sedge and Mum. Photo © Kerry Michaels

    This fall container garden has a great look. The dark coral bells (heuchera hybrid, 'Dolce Mocha Mint'), with the rich looking and textured ornamental grass ('Toffee Twist' carex flagelifera) and some mums for color, make this container garden a classic for fall.

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    Birch Bark Covered Nursery Pot with Mums and Wirevine

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    Dress up a nursery pot for a great looking fall container garden Birch Bark Covered Nursery Pot. Photo © Kerry Michaels

    This birch bark covered nursery container takes about 10 minutes to make, if you have access to the bark. All you have to do is cut the bark to fit a large nursery container and attach it to the pot with twine. For a finished edge, just tuck the bark under the rim of the nursery pot. Using a plant that drapes over the side, in this case wirevine, also pulls the look of the pot together.

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    Hot Fall Container Garden

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    Even when the weather gets cold, these plants are hot Hot Container Garden. Photo © Kerry Michaels

    I love the look of hot peppers and they thrive in container gardens. I wait until they turn red and then cut them and hang them up to dry. Some I'll keep for decoration and some I'll grind up to use for cooking.

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    Heuchera, Dolce 'Key Lime'

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    Heuchera rocks in fall container gardens Heuchera, Dolce 'Key Lime'. Photograph © Kerry Michaels

    I love all heucheras also known as coral bells. They come in totally fabulous colors and are very hard to kill. They look great alone, but also play well with many other plants. Most heucheras scoff at sub-zero temperatures, and some are so good-natured that they are equally happy in full sun or full shade and anything in between.

    Coming in a huge variety of colors and leaf textures, heucheras look great in almost any pot. This garden planter is made from a birch log that was found naturally...MORE hollowed out in the woods. Filled with potting soil, and a Dolce 'Key Lime' heuchera, it makes the perfect fall decoration.