When ornamental cabbages were introduced into the market there was a rush to plant them in every fall garden and container across the nation. Fortunately, there are other things to plant in your fall container that combine color, height and textural combinations for colorful looking containers. Follow these tips to create beautiful container gardens.
- Note how much sun your fall container will receive. Many sunny summer locations may be in the shade a lot longer as the sun sinks lower in the skies and nights get longer. Fall perennials will typically need as much sun as you can give them.
- Pick a container color that complements the season such as a warm burgundy or orange. If the container is large, consider filling the lower half of the container with slightly crushed cans or a support shelf so that the amount of heavy soil, and thus its overall weight, is reduced. This also prevents the container from getting waterlogged during storms or on rainy fall days.
- All containers benefit from having something with height that stands out and creates the focal point in the container. Fall grasses with gently curving seed heads make great centerpieces in containers, and they come in shades from pale yellow to deep purple. Small conifers can also be used in a container and, although the other items will change, the conifer will stay attractive and can be left in the container throughout winter.
- Use typical fall perennials such as frost tolerant black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia), pansies or small chrysanthemums for color and mid-level height. Many succulents (sedum or hens and chickens) are also frost hardy and stay colorful well past a first frost.
- Decorate your fall container with little pumpkins or gourds, or use the gourd as the container itself to add additional interest.
- When you need to change the container plantings for winter, remove the annuals or frost tender perennials, and add other items of interest like pinecones, colorful ornaments or evergreen plants.
Colorful fall container gardens extend the interest around the apartment as well as complement the changing colors in the surrounding trees.
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