As the morning air starts to feel a little crisper here in Bismarck, we can expect many of the wonderful, heat-loving blooms of summer to fade. Many gardeners take this as a sign to hand their annual plants over to Mother Nature and finish gardening for the year. While autumn colors provide natural beauty all on their own, there's no reason you can't cherish your beloved annuals for a little longer-especially when it comes to container gardens. Learn how to change up your annual planters with some of our fantastic fall container ideas:
Annual Flowers for Fall Containers
Did you know that many of our summer-bloomers can actually last well into fall? Some flowers actually prefer to make an appearance when the weather is a little milder! Here are some of our favorite annual flowers for fall planters:
Annual Plants for Fall Containers
As you know, not everything is always about the blooms-especially in autumn — Some of these ornamental grasses and lovely plants will accent your fall garden with their stunning foliage alone. Find these and more in our garden center:
Purple Fountaingrass: This tall ornamental grass makes the perfect thriller for your fall containers with its deep purple color and feathery plumes.
Designing Fall Container Gardens:
If you're feeling creative, why not mix and match a variety of fall-interest plants in the same container? Well-designed container gardens feature plants of different sizes, shapes, and colors that work well together.
First, choose a tall or bold plant to become your focal point, or "thriller". Tall ornamental grasses, or plants with flashy foliage, like croton, are great thrillers. Next, close in any gaps or empty spaces with your "filler" — something low and bushy, like pansies or flowering kale. Finally, choose a "spiller", which is something that trails over the side of your container to soften the edges, like sweet potato vine.
Of course, you don't have to pick just one plant for each category. Choose as many as you want, just leave some space for each plant to spread!
Growing Vegetables in Containers
Regardless of pretty blooms and fancy foliage, you can always count on veggies to fill your fall containers with life and color. Leafy greens, such as kale, lettuce, and spinach are ideal cool —season veggies that thrive in containers. Even some root and bulb vegetables — like carrots, turnips, and garlic-grow well in fall containers. For optimal growth, make sure your pot is big and deep enough to keep them warm.
Keep your container gardens alive and thriving until frost with some of these fantastic fall favorites. Combinations of these beautiful plants will help to ease the transition from bright summer blooms to the snowy season ahead. For more great fall garden ideas, visit our garden center in Bismarck today!