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Gulf Coast Gardening: Containers for Fall

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Jazz up your autumn garden with container designs that fit the Gulf Coast climate.

two pentas in clay pot
purple petunias

By Mary Glazer

I like simplicity of design and muted container colors when it comes to fall containers, while experimenting with different color combinations. I like the overall look to reflect the shift in seasons, transitioning the landscape into the slower pace of fall and winter. My favorite combination is two different colors of pentas in a clay pot, in this case red and hot pink. (See above photo.)

Or a gorgeous deep-purple petunia looks great by itself, in a cobalt-blue polished ceramic pot.

Combination yellow snaps with petunias

For larger pots containing combinations of mauve petunias around a spike of yellow snapdragons, I shift to using lightweight brown plastic. It is amazing how much those containers look like their cement counterparts yet are easier to move, if needed.

birdbath bowl of sedum with blue plumbago

Even a grouping of pots, with a single plant in each, keeps the look fresh and simple. I like the idea of three identical pots with three different fall plants; or three identical plants in three similar yet different pots. Fall containers are a chance to be creative, and have fun with color combinations.

Sometimes you can place a container next to an inground plant and create a nice effect. A lime-green sedum grows in the basin part of an old birdbath, placed on the ground next to my blue plumbago. The contrast in colors is a nice change of pace, yet simple and uncomplicated.

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