Now that autumn is here, it’s time to refresh those window boxes, containers, and flower pots. Let me show you 9 of my favorite fall plants that are perfect for your container gardens.
There’s something so magical about a fall flower container garden, isn’t there? Those deep and gorgeous colors mixed in with a pumpkin or two really help to bring the garden alive again after most of the flowers start fading away.
And then when you add a few cornstalks into the garden mix, it gets even better!
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I did a little fall container shopping the other day.
I took home some asters, mums, pansies, and ornamental cabbage and kale.
What I had trouble finding was any kind of grasses at a decent price and celosia. It wasn’t even October yet, and most nurseries I went to were very low on plant inventory.
Fall Flowers for Your Garden Containers
Chrysanthemums are the perfect late-season bloomers and add color to any dull porch or container garden.
There are 2 types of mums…
- Garden mums – Also known as hardy mums, these plants are perennials in zone 5-9.
- Florist mums – Also known as cutting mums, they’re usually used as short-term bedding plants and won’t survive once winter comes.
When picking out a mum for your fall container, try to find one that is just starting to bud in order to maximize bloom time.
2. Pansies and Violas
Both pansies and violas can withstand the variable fall temperatures in many zones, and come in purple, burgundy, white, yellow, and more.
The difference between pansies and violas is…
- Pansies have much larger flowers and leaves and usually have only a few flowers blooming at one time
- Violas have a smaller flower but more blooms at one time.
Because they have little freeze tolerance, most pansies and violas will die in the winter. In areas with moderate temperatures, like in the Pacific Northwest, they usually come back again in the spring.
3. Ornamental Cabbage and Kale
Ornamental plants, such as cabbage and kale, are festive plants for fall containers. They’re actually my favorite plant for the fall garden, bringing beautiful color and texture to mixed containers. They have the most gorgeous sage greens with pops of pinks, purples, and creams. Do you know the difference between cabbage and kale? Kale has spiky foliage.
The most amazing thing is that as the weather gets cooler, the colors of flowering cabbage and kale intensifies even more, especially after a frost.
These beautiful daisy-like flowers bloom in late summer/early fall, so they create an abundance of color when most plants have faded with the season. Asters will attract butterflies to your garden too!
Impatiens are the perfect option for shaded container gardens.
These plants can start looking quite leggy in the late summer, but pinching back the stems it will encourage bushier growth and promote new blooms for fall.
Celosia, also called cockscomb, is a beautiful annual flower with blooms that look like the colors of a stunning sunset.
These flowers come in two primary shapes…
- Feathery spikes
- Crested blooms like a rooster’s comb
Coleus has the most colorful foliage and a wide variety of shapes and leaf sizes. With combinations of green, pink, red, maroon, and more, your flower containers will never lack interest.
This fabulous plant complements just about any fall flower you combine it with.
8. Ornamental Grasses
Add texture and interest to your fall containers by planting ornamental grasses. The plumes and ornamental foliage are perfect for autumn and are low maintenance.
I have a mixture of nursery-bought and seed-sown marigolds and love this plant so much because of how long it blooms from early summer through the first frost.
Marigolds are great for repelling insects and pests from garden plants because of their pungent scent. They are also a host plant for some Lepidoptera caterpillars.
I hope you’ve seen a plant or two that can be used to refresh your fall flower container garden. I’d love to hear from you, leave a comment below.
Now it’s time to see some of my favorite gardeners with tips, tricks, and inspiration for the month.
Until next time.
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