Looking for some fun planting ideas for a container garden in fall? I planted some cool containers for my front porch that look amazing! This is how I did it.
I love to design container gardens.
They add seasonal color, texture and dimension.
Warm up empty spaces.
And provide an opportunity to play around with different plant combinations.
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For the last few seasons, I’ve decorated the front porch urns with plantings that are easy on the eye.
Because my front gardens are so vibrant and colorful, I usually like to keep my front porch planters simple.
I love to use small dwarf alberata spruces in the front porch containers because they are conical, create a focal point and look simple.
Plus, they are green and look good all year round.
Since I’m decorating the porch for fall, I started thinking about last year’s outdoor fall decor for some inspiration.
And I loved what I did.
But this year, I want to try something different and have a little more fun in the container gardens.
I can’t wait to show you the cool plants I used!
Container Garden Idea for Fall Supplies
- ornamental kale and cabbage
- creeping jenny
- pansies (the nursery didn’t have them when I first designed this, but I am adding them soon)
- potting soil
- plant food
How to Create a Container Garden for Fall
When designing any container garden, it’s important to consider the thriller, filler and spiller technique for design.
Since my containers already have plants in them, I cleaned them out. Instead of tossing the dwarf alberata spruces, I planted them directly in the ground in other areas of my garden.
I added some fresh potting soil to the container. then started with the thriller plant.
For this fall garden container, the thriller is the millet. It is tall, leafy, creates a focal point and adds movement, color and texture.
When I dropped the millet in the urn, I centered it towards the back since this is sitting on my front porch. The plant’s root ball was a little bigger than I estimated for my container garden.
Ah well, I can work around it. Sometimes I get so excited about things I see at the nursery that I want to use, that I just go for it and figure it out later.
Since the root ball takes up a lot of container space, I have to squish the smaller ones in there around it.
I tucked the creeping jenny in front as the spiller. I love that bright chartreuse green. It pairs well with the millet.
As an aside, creeping jenny can be a little invasive here. I had it in one of my summer containers years ago in the garden. It creeped down from the pot and rooted into the ground. I’m still pulling it out – it grows quick and can be hard to get rid of.
But it should be fine in this fall container garden idea because it will be located on my front porch.
Then I added the ornamental cabbage and kale as some low filler. Aren’t they so fun? I love the colors and leafy texture they add to the container.
Next I tucked in the salvia and the celosia on one side with the billowy calamint and celosia on the other. I really love this plant combination with the millet.
And the calamint smells really good!
Before finishing up, I added plant food and watered thoroughly.
And that’s it!
I can’t wait to add some pansies, garden mums and pumpkins to the front porch. That’s happening later this week.
And I waited to add garden mums until now, because it was a little too early for them.There’s a trick to caring for garden mums to help them last longer.
Fall Garden Tip: if you buy and plant pansies now, they will bounce back in spring when the daffodils start to bloom.
Now that my container garden for fall is planted, I am ready to decorate the front porch with some outdoor fall decor. Stay tuned!
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