Transform Your Container Garden for Fall!

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I love container gardening! It started when we lived in downtown Chicago and only had a balcony to grow plants from, but even now when we live in San Antonio with a big yard, I still prefer container gardening. At the end of summer, my plants have all taken a beating from the heat. Here are some tips for reviving your container garden and keeping it bursting with color through fall!
Also, don't miss my summer rooftop container garden!.
Tip 1: Find plants that work best in your area. Some of my favorites for this time of year are coleus, croton, sedum, pansies, cabbages, and ornamental peppers. Everyone loves mums for the fall too, but I find their blooms fade so quickly (especially if it rains) and they quickly look bad in the garden. I try to limit the amount of mums I use!
Tip 2: I've found that colorful coleus is my go-to plant for fall and seems to work just as well in hot TX as it did in Chicago at this time of year! Its leaves will add a ton of fall color and don't fade like blooms. It comes in a variety of colors from lime green to deep pink and red.
Tip 3: Here is my garden before. Start by cutting back overgrown plants in your pots and removing those that are spent. I kept the sweet potato vine but cut it back significantly. I also kept the hardy dusty miller from the summer, but removed some of the blooming plants that had past their prime.
Tip 4: Add a mix of complementary colors and textures. Remember the rule of 1 thriller, 1 filler, and 1 spiller. In this case the thriller is the spike plant, the filler is the mum and cabbage, and the spiller is the green potato vine.
Tip 5: Group a bunch of pots together for a showstopper look and incorporate some pumpkins and other fall materials for your new container garden!
Suggested materials:
  • Fall foliage   (Garden store)
  • Colorful pots   (Garden store)
  • Pumpkins   (Grocery store)
Design Improvised | Haeley Giambalvo
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