Fall is coming near, and your garden needs plants, too. So many of the same fall-flowering plants grown in the garden make fine specimens for containers and hanging baskets. The containers and hanging baskets are planted with a vigorous-blooming annual flower.
8 Gorgeous Flowers and Plants for Fall Container Gardens
However, increasingly, gardeners are using traditional garden perennials for their containers. Also, plant species have varying soil needs when planted in garden settings, most plants do quite well in containers filled with an ordinary general-purpose potting soil.
1. Mums Flower
The potted garden mums are so prevalently for fall display. They are typically forced into late bloom by commercial growers. Mums are perennials, but they are more typically grown as annuals, discarded after blooming ends with the frost of late fall. But potted mums can sometimes be overwintered if you cut back the shoots and place them in a sheltered location over the coldest months. The color varieties are lavender, white, yellow, red, and orange. Plus, they need full sun.
2. Aster Flowers
The blue or indigo purple flowers of aster are a symbol of the fall garden and can work equally well in a fall container garden. They are plants best suited for very large containers. You can plant them planted in compost and kept moist but not soggy. After flowering is complete, cut the stems back completely and store the potted plants in a cold frame or greenhouse. They need full sun and well-drained soil.
3. Pansies Flowers
These ones are really pretty for fall. Pansies are classic cool-weather annuals that typically make their appearance in the early spring garden. However, they can be planted again for the fall after the weather has cooled. Pansies don’t do well in the hot months of midsummer. They need fairly moist soil, so water them frequently when growing them in containers or hanging baskets.
The different forms of perennial coneflower are standard fall flowers in the garden, blooming with daisy-like flowers in late summer that last through the fall, but they can also work well in containers. In most climates, you can move the pots to a sheltered area to successfully overwinter. Or they can be grown as annuals, planted afresh in containers each spring.
5. Coral Bells
Coral Bells have also become a favorite container plant in this coming new season. They come in a huge range of colors and leaf textures, and they are almost impossible to kill. Coral bells are a mounding plant and it looks great on its own their own or paired with plants that either contrasting plants or offer varying shades of the same color.
These plants are a very large genus of prolific-blooming species, but the ones are most often grown in containers are shorter varieties, usually grown as annuals. They are considered good fall flowers on the basis of a very long bloom period and their tolerance for cool temperatures. They look great either on their own or filling in spaces and spilling over the edges of garden planters, window boxes, or hanging baskets.
7. Ornamental Cabbage and Kale
Ornamental cabbages are delightfully chubby and cheerful plants. They look so pretty. And the kales are spiky. However, both of these plants will take you well into fall with style and beautiful sage greens blended with pinks and purples. The colors of flowering cabbage and kale only intensify as the weather gets colder, especially after a frost.
Many of Sedumspecies are classic plants for fall container gardens. Blooming in late summer to early fall. It is easy to grow in containers, and there is a vast array of species and cultivars with different textures and flowers. Sedum is a great option for plant for a fall container. If you want to leave out all winter because the dried flowers can look beautiful, especially covered with snow or frost, then Sedum is the answer.