Best Ideas for Fall Container Gardening

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Bring a seasonal splash of color to your entryway by mixing and matching eye-popping blooms with rustic grasses and foliage in your fall container gardens.

All Fired Up

Take glorious fall color right up to your door by mixing the blazing tones of orange and yellow with cool shades of purple and blue. First, encircle a copper container with a bittersweet wreath (fresh or faux). To contrast with the orange berries, add “Lemon Ball” sedum and the regal hues of purple cabbage. Spice up the center with “Calypso Orange” ornamental peppers and “Cosmic Yellow” cosmos. Crown the look with a halo of Mexican bush sage. Stack pumpkins on the steps for additional color. Provide full sun and moderate water and the display will flourish through the fall. When it’s done, just plant the sedum in your yard to continue the show.

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Decorative Mums and Pumpkins

For a 5-minute fix, pile on the pumpkins, and nestle potted mums right into decorative containers. The mums will also pair well with boxwood, salvias, and ornamental cabbage and kale.
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Vibrant Fall Colors

Combine the season’s hottest hues in a vibrant mix of ‘Snapshot Orange’ snapdragons, ‘Purple Pixie’ loropetalum, and bright ‘Penny Clear Yellow’ violas. Tuck in the showy foliage of ‘Sparkling Burgundy’ heuchera to complete the look.

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Carve Out a Mumkin

What do you get when you combine the fun of a pumpkin with the beauty of a mum? A “mumkin,” of course! Fill smaller gourds with containers of pansies to create a trio of trusty sidekicks.

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Bright Gold Fall Container Gardens
Pansies and violas are the easiest way to add long-lasting color to a fall container garden. This container creates a sunny color scheme with ‘Ogon’ golden sweet flag, ‘Matrix Yellow Blotch’ pansy, and ‘Penny Clear Yellow’ viola.
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Stunning Marigold Fall Container

The sun’s lower angle causes the ribs and veins of ‘Red Gaint’ mustard to glow white to chartreuse in contrast to its deep maroon foliage. ‘Bonanza Harmony’ Marigolds bring a burst of autumn orange and yellows to this fall container, while ‘Angelina’ sedums tie it all together.

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