Fall is in the air and I’ve started Transitioning Container Gardens to Fall. By the end of summer, my flower pots and container gardens start looking bedraggled and ready for a change. To save time and money, I simply use the same summer container gardens, flower pots and planters that I already have and work them over for Fall.
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Fall Flowers that Work Well in Containers:
- Chyrsanthemums (a/k/a mums)
- Ornamental Peppers
- Ornamental Kale or Cabbage
Steps for Transitioning Container Gardens to Fall:
- First, I pull out the annuals and leave the tall grasses or spikes, and the spillers like vinca vine or creeping jenny. It’s easiest to pull the annuals out when the soil is dry.
- Next, I loosen up the compacted soil with my trusty CobraHead. Yet, another way I use the best garden tool ever. A sharp hand shovel or a gardening knife will also work.
- Then, I plop in a mum. I hit the jackpot a few weeks ago and got little quart-sized mums for $1.25 at Home Depot, so I got a bunch. They work perfect for replacing annuals in containers. When you finish up here, pop over and check out my article on How to Buy and Care for Mums to Get the Biggest Bang for Your Buck. You’ll be glad you did!
- Fill in around your new plants with some fresh potting mix and then give the entire planter, a good, slow drink of water.
- To add some character, I add in some miniature pumpkins and gourds. If you have nuisance squirrels in your yard, you might want to consider using artificial pumpkins and gourds. And, since I have a thing for scarecrows, I usually work a scarecrow into the design.
Our front porch is teeny, tiny, so there isn’t much room to decorate, but I still like to have a little something just to make it feel homey and welcoming. This spring I used this short stepladder and created this little vignette. I like it so much that I kept the same little grouping through the summer and just changed out the pansies in the galvanized bucket to carnations and marigolds.
By the end of summer, the carnations and marigolds were looking tired and the entire vignette was looking pretty bedraggled, so I pulled the flowers out of the little galvanized flower pot.
I then added in a mum, gave the vinca vine a much needed haircut and trimmed the spike. The design is completed by adding some Fall touches. Tada… here’s the Fall container.
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Around to the back yard, we have these deck rail planters all around the deck. This is how they looked earlier in the summer. I loved all the pops of color, but they too were looking pretty tired and bedraggled by the end of summer.
I did the same thing here and pulled out the annuals, leaving the vinca vine, and then added the mums, pumpkins and more adorable scarecrows.
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One of my favorite container gardens is this old whiskey barrel that I showed you in the Flower Gardens in September garden tour.
Here is the whiskey barrel all made over for Fall. As you can see, I left the snapdragons and the creeping jenny, and added in a Mum, pumpkin and a cute harvest sign.
Remember how the window box looked, also in the September Garden Tour.
And, the new Fall look for the Window Box.
I don’t have a before picture of the flower pots I have on our deck, but here is one all decorated for Fall.
I really had fun switching out our flower planters to Fall. By just making these few changes, our container gardens and planters have been revived and look much tidier and I love all the whimsical fall touches. I’m curious, do you like to decorate your outdoor spaces for Fall?
Thanks so much for stopping by Gingham Gardens. I hope you have some new ideas and tips for Transitioning your Container Gardens to Fall. If you’d like some more upscale design ideas, rather than my simple ones, check out this article on Houzz for Refreshing Your Summer Container Gardens for Fall.
Need some tips for Fall Gardening Tasks? See: Planting Bulbs for Amazing Spring Flowers and Tips for Keeping Potted Mums Looking Great. Another good Fall Gardening post is: Fall Gardening & Frugal Gardening – Thinking Ahead to Next Spring.
Happy Fall Gardening,
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