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Mountain Gardening: Get Creative with Fall Pots

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Lowe’s Mountain region garden contributor explains how to plant eye-catching fall displays for porch and patio.

orange flowers in container
large container of flowers

By Jodi Torpey

Anything goes when planting fall containers for your garden. With so many fall flowers and foliage plants available, it’s easy to create fresh displays that signal the change of seasons.

Take a quick inventory of your available containers before taking a spin around the garden center. Recycle containers filled with tired summer annuals. Empty tall urns and squatty clay pots. Dust off old tin tubs, remove roots from wooden window boxes, and clear out the bushel baskets. Fill these with ornamental grasses, bronze foliage, and flowers in rich, vivid colors.

Select combinations of plants that follow the tried-and-true “thriller, filler, and spiller” guideline. Place the tallest plant in the back of the container, fill in the center, and add plants that spill over the sides.

purple, yellow, and orange flowers

Autumn flowers are beautiful, but you don’t have to limit your color palette only to oranges, yellows, and browns. Stretch your creativity by adding unexpected colors, such as purple and red, for an appealing contrast.

ornamental kale in container

Kale is hot these days, and it makes for an especially interesting fall container. Ornamental kale comes in many colors, and the oversize leaves look good even when the temperature drops. Fill a fall container with several of the same variety, or mix them up for a showy display to place on the porch and patio.

marigolds in containers

Even a simple fall planting of marigolds makes a strong statement when grouped. Plant matching containers with masses of marigolds, and place them near the front door. Add assorted sizes of pumpkins, tall dried cornstalks, and a straw bale or two for a fall arrangement that can last until Thanksgiving.

There are as many ideas for planting fall containers as there are gardeners. What’s your favorite fall combination?

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