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19 Easy-to-Find Plants for Fall Garden Containers

Are you looking for some fun fall outdoor planter ideas? Here are 19 easy-to-find plants for fall garden containers with planter recipes.

We had such amazing weather this week,

The air was crisp and cool.

So it was time to finish up my fall garden containers.

This season, there was a little less of a variety at the nurseries than I expected.

But even with a smaller selection, there are some great plants that say…it’s fall.

So after visiting a few local nurseries, I pulled some fun plant combinations together for my container gardens.

I can’t wait to show you how festive it all looks!

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Plants for fall garden

19 Easy-to-Find Plants for Fall Garden Containers

Since I made a few fun containers, I’m going to share each recipe with so you can easily make your own based on things you love and what’s available in your area.

I’m often asked whether you should use annuals vs perennials in fall garden containers.

And the answer is…

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You can use both!

Sometimes I’ll use perennials in my fall garden containers and then transplant them to the garden near the end of the season.

Or I’ll just leave them in there and move them in spring.

So don’t limit yourself to the few fall annuals you see at the garden nursery.

19 Plant for Fall Garden Containers

In general, here’s a list of the plants for the fall garden that are pretty easy to find.

  • Pansies
  • Ornamental Kale
  • Ornamental Cabbage
  • Millet
  • Mums
  • Celosia
  • Huechera
  • Asters
  • Fountain grass
  • Sedums
  • Sedge
  • Hot Peppers
  • Euphorbia
  • Creeping Jenny
  • Small Grasses
  • English Ivy
  • Hens and Chicks
  • Swiss Chard
  • Salvia

In addition to these plants, if you can salvage any of your annuals like marigolds, calibrachoa, petunias, coleus, impatiens, etc….do it!

It’s one of the reasons I say to think about fall when you are purchasing spring annuals.

If they can do double duty as plants for fall garden containers, you’ll save some money at the garden nursery in fall when filling them.

Container Gardem for Fall

My Fall Container Gardens

This year was wanted to keep my containers looking similar but slightly different, so I used mostly the same plants in each.

In general, I follows THIS method of design for container gardens.

When I incorporate mums in my fall designs, I keep all of THESE tips in mind.

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It’s really important to remember that they don’t last long in the season, so plant them accordingly.

I buy mums later in the season and look for ones that have not opened yet so they last longer in my plantings.

And finally, since fall is such a short season, I stuff my containers as much as possible so they look fuller.

Unlike spring into summer, you won’t get the same amount of growing time for plants to fill in so I stuff them in.

Keep in mind, different varieties are available in different growing regions so I’m providing you with a general container recipe.

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For my front porch urns, I wanted to go with something similar from last year.

I was a little disappointed in the kale and cabbage offerings this year because they were all really small.

Last year, I found these large beautiful ones.

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The ones I found this year near me are great for window boxes, but very small for the landscape and larger planters.

But I went with it anyway.

When this container blooms a bit more it will be beautiful.

plants for fall garden

In this outdoor planter, I used:

  • 1 Millet
  • 1 Pansy
  • 2 Celosia
  • 2 Orange Mums
  • 1 Ornamental Kale
  • 1 White Boo Pumpkin
plants for fall garden

Plants for Fall Garden Window Boxes

I LOVE these beautiful copper window boxes from H Potter Marketplace that I added to shed makeover in spring.

They look so beautiful on the shed and add so much detail!

To jazz up the window boxes for autumn, these are the plants for fall garden that I used:

  • 1 Sedge
  • 2 Purple Celosia
  • 2 Orange Mums
  • 2 Yellow Pansies
  • 4 Ornamental Kale
  • 1 Field Trip Pumpkin
  • 2 White Boo Pumpkins
plants for fall garden

Fall Garden Whiskey Barrels

I have three of these old whiskey barrels in the backyard.

Aren’t they so cool?

I actually bought them in spring HERE and they add so much character to the backyard.

If you are looking for something similar, I would get them.

The quality is amazing but heads up – they are super heavy without anything in it.

Here’s how I planted them:

  • 1 Millet
  • 2 Purple Celosia
  • 1 Orange Celosia
  • 1 Pink Mum
  • 1 Orange Mum
  • 2 Yellow Pansies
  • 2 Ornamental Kale
  • 1 Field Trip Pumpkin
19 Easy-to-Find Plants for Fall Garden Containers

And that’s it for my outdoor planters this season.

I’m still working on the beds and will bring you all on a full garden tour next week.

Thanks for dropping by

Happy Gardening!

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Come See What’s Happening in My Friends’ Gardens

I love to drop by and see what’s growing in my friends’ gardens across the nation.

Let’s pop in and see what’s happening in their gardens.

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My good friend Kim from Shiplap and Shells shared some gorgeous fall plant ideas for container gardens.

And what’s interesting about Kim’s garden, is that we both experienced the same shortage in selection this year.

Hopefully, next year will be better!

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Photo by Shiplap and Shells

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My good friend Mary from Life at Bella Terra shares her October garden update in Arizona.

It is so cool to see how different our seasons are!

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And my good friend Chas from Chas Crazy Creations shares her tips for winterizing a garden in her Colorado climate.

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19 Easy-to-Find Plants for Fall Garden Containers

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  1. Hi Stacy – You must have cloned yourself when you were just a little girl. How in the world do you get sooooo much done.

    Everything is beautiful.

  2. Thank you so much for so many plants for the fall, and loved the mum tip about looking for closed blooms. I would love to have a longer growing season, those silly fluke snowstorms here wipe us out and then go back to 75 degrees.

    1. Thanks Chas! I can’t believe how early the snow starts there! So cool to see how different our regions are in the gardens! xo

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  4. I’m loving it Stacy! You’ve done such a great job transitioning to fall. I love tucking pumpkins into my fall flowers too!