Extending Color through Fall with Container Gardens

As the mornings and evenings gradually turn cool and crisp, a hint of autumn fills the air, igniting our anticipation for the season. While our lush container gardens bask in the late summer heat, it’s the perfect time to rejuvenate and embrace the beauty of fall foliage.

Elevating your curb appeal and becoming the talk of the neighborhood is a breeze. All you need to do is infuse your planters with vibrant, fall-inspired shades. These fall container gardens will harmonize wonderfully with your autumn-themed display of pumpkins, gourds, straw bales, and yard decorations.

To create an impactful and stunning fall container garden that lasts months, combine plants that tolerate the chill of autumn’s nighttime temperatures.

Although blooming Garden Mums are an autumn staple, there’s a world of possibilities beyond them. When choosing plants for your containers, consider including cold-tolerant annuals such as Ornamental Peppers or Pansies, or even introduce some perennials or shrubs. Expanding your plant selection allows for a richer variety of colors and textures, resulting in a lush and inviting fall planter.

Quick tip: Potted perennials will not overwinter.

As the Michigan winter’s cold, snowy embrace approaches, it’s important to remember that potted perennials won’t endure the harsh conditions. Instead of waiting for their return in spring, treat them as annuals if they remain potted. Before winter’s frosty fingers can claim them, transplant the perennials into the ground or share them with fellow gardeners. By clearing out the plants before autumn leaves give way to snowy blankets, you’ll set the stage for a fresh planter design to greet the upcoming winter season.

To extend the vibrancy of your container gardens through fall, consider incorporating these foliage plants:

Gold Juniper
Ninebark
Ornamental Cabbage & Kale
Ornamental Grasses

Keep the floral display going with these fall bloomers in your planter refresh:

Asters
Coneflower
Coreopsis
Garden Mums
Helenium

Heliopsis
Ornamental Peppers
Pansies
Rudbeckia
Sedum

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