Planting container gardens for the fall requires different considerations than those planted in the spring or summer. Here are some tips, as well as ideas, for your very best container garden.
- While mums are ubiquitous with fall, remember that they are typically in bloom for only 3-4 weeks. If you’ve bought them in bloom from the garden center, you have even less time than that. I’m not saying don’t use them, but if you want color for longer than 3-4 weeks, consider replacing them when they are spent or using plants around them that will kick in and provide color when they are done blooming.
- Don’t forget about hardy, woody herbs when planning your container garden. The planter above includes thyme, but rosemary is another great option.
- Plan and Plant your container gardens by early September. This allows them to establish themselves before the cooler temperatures arrive. And remember that some plants will alter their color as the temperatures fall; the leaves of some heuchera (coral bells) will turn more bronze in the fall and sedum and some evergreen succulents develop a deeper color.
- Because the fall is such a short growing period, consider planting more than you would in spring or summer for a full planter.
- For colorful flowers, consider snapdragons, pansies, violas and salvia.
- Embrace the different textures that ornamental grasses, kales and cabbages provide.
- When it is time to replace the plants in your fall container garden, replant the perennials and hardy plants in a sheltered spot for use next year.
- Add pumpkins and gourds to your container garden for whimsy and a pop of color.
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