Fall is one of the best times to up your curb appeal and create a welcoming yard and garden for all your family and friends. Updating your fall planters and containers for fall is easy, can be done in an afternoon, and can last well into the holiday season. Fall creates a whole new gardening personality… one that is more laid back and sleepy, but also electrified with color and texture. It’s almost as if Mother Nature wants one last dip in the pool before the summer sun sets for the cold winter. And she brings the margarita mix. Gotta love that. Learn how to create fall planter wow in three easy steps!



Container Gardening – Fall Planters in 3 Easy Steps

Fall Planter Step One

Add foliage. When your existing fall containers get tired, nothing perks them up like a fresh foliage plant. Adding a foliage plant to help the eye “rest” is key in this season where everything can look busy. Foliage will also carry farther into the colder weather, extending your containers’ season. Our favs? Ornamental Kale is always a winner, but so are various types of ivy, lamium, and dusty miller. If you grow lambs ear (or any other foliage perennial for that matter) in the garden, now is a great time to divide it and plant some divisions in your pots. Hardy herbs can also be a great idea at this time of year. You may have some plants from the earlier season that can stay in place and contribute here too… don’t be too quick to boot out a plant just because it isn’t flowering. Photo by ‘McCabe’s‘.

Fall container garden


Fall Planter Step Two

Add filler flowers to your fall planter. This is where you add the sparkle! Pop in some festive fall annuals here, mums, pansies, asters, zinnias. You don’t need a bunch here, just choose one or two you love! And don’t skimp. Your fall plants won’t have much growing time to fill in, so tuck them pretty close together to give them a designer look. This time of year, you can either choose to stay with one or two colors for a calmer color scheme, or go all out and make it a fall planter fiesta. Photo by ‘Tubloom‘.

Fall container garden


Fall Planter Step Three

Add texture with fall plants. Ornamental grasses are a great bargain this time of year, and are usually on clearance. Pick up a few container size varieties to add texture, height and structure to your fall container garden. Make sure you plant the taller grasses in the back of the container. Another option is to use branches and berries to add fall planter texture. Photos from ‘Southern Living‘.

Tips on Fall Planter Ideas:

You will need to clean out the old summer annuals from your container gardens. Pull out a few new containers if the budget allows. This is a great time of year for re-purposed containers as well… a planted wheelbarrow or old tin buckets just hints at the hard work that went into the garden harvest! These pumpkin planters from ‘Lowes‘ are a perfect example of how simple fall planters can be!

When cleaning out the the old plants, don’t be shy about getting those packed in roots out of there. Use a sharp knife if necessary. Add additional fresh soil when you place the new plants into the container gardens, and pack lightly. Water.

What’s your opinion? Can’t wait to decorate the yard for fall, and usher in those holiday festivities with style? Or do you think its a waste of time… those flowers are just going to die anyway? (We’re hoping you pick the first one!) We think you will also love our posts on Fabulous Fall Container Ideas and How to Make Winter Garden Planters!

Image Credits: McCabes Flowers, Tubloom, Southern Living, Lowes


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  1. pauline January 11, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    I must admit that here in Australia we don’t go all out in autumn (fall) probably because this time of year is usually mild and we tend to rejuvenate our gardens and clean up around the yard this March though I will plant up a number of containers to make the most of the season so, thanks for your ideas – great work.

  2. joanne September 8, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    Do you know what the large wooden container, on the green porch, is in the fourth photo?

    Love it and thank you.

    1. Kathy Woodard September 17, 2015 at 9:06 am

      Im sorry Joanne, we don’t! Good luck in finding (or making) one like it!

    2. dena September 3, 2016 at 8:05 am

      It looks to me to be an old cupboard and they set the plant on the top.

  3. Lisa August 2, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    Great pics! Do you know what the name of the paint color used on the green house color is in the photo? Thanks!

    1. Kathy Woodard August 4, 2015 at 2:43 pm

      We don’t Lisa, sorry!


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