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Time for a Color Change

In last week's blog, we talked about planting now for spring. If you want some seasonal color now, try a fall-themed container garden. You can make your own decorative creation with traditional containers such as a ceramic planter, a window box, or a hanging box. Or get creative and upcycle things you've got in the garage, like an old wheelbarrow, metal bucket, or tire.

Before you plant:

  • Clean out previously used containers by removing summer-flowering annuals and debris.

  • If adding a new container to your home, make sure it has proper drainage.

  • Prepare the soil. Consider adding some compost to help retain moisture.

  • Add a time-release fertilizer.

Recommendations for adding autumn color:

  • Ornamental cabbage and kale are good choices, as they do well in fall temperatures and provide interesting foliage. They make great combinations with blooming plants in containers.

  • Pansies make it easy to add color. Pansies are available in many colors, so they can fit just about any color scheme you have in mind. Think orange and blue for containers to celebrate the home team in football or a combo in the colors of your local high school or college. You can even find orange and black pansies to complement your Halloween decor.

  • Bring on the chrysanthemums. Mums are an easy way to add fall color. Several containers in the same or different colors grouped together provide mounds of colorful impact and take little time. Group mums in large baskets or repurpose a bench to give them some height and place them in a row. Galvanized buckets and oval bins are also great for grouping plants as one large mass of color.

Too busy for DIY?

If you don't have the time to create a custom container garden for your home, that doesn't mean you can't enjoy some seasonal color. Visit your local garden center for pre-made containers you can simply bring home and put into place.

The days are still warm out there, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't get a head start on creating containers with warm, autumn colors. In Colorado, hot-cider-sipping weather is just around the corner.


Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado (2021, Sept. 10). Tip of the Week: Fall containers.

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