Don’t put your gardening tools away yet. While your summer garden may be fading (goodbye, tomatoes and scraggly annuals!), there’s plenty of the growing season left to get your hands dirty and enjoy the mental and physical benefits of gardening. Containers don’t have to feature only flowers; perennials and small shrubs also can offer a splash of long-lasting fall color. And nothing helps you welcome the new season quite like a beautiful container or window box you created yourself to display on the front porch, patio or balcony.
When it comes to creating the perfect fall container, focus on combining three key types of plants to give your container dimension:
- Spillers, which drape over the sides of a container
- Thrillers, which offer dramatic height or a “wow” factor
- Fillers, which are any plant that rounds out a container
By combining plants from each category, you’ll create a long-lasting autumn display that will shine from now until a hard freeze. Just be sure to choose companion plants that like the same lighting conditions.