PERFECT POTS~ Fall Planting Tips

I love Mums! They are colorful and full of blooms that last for weeks and are so closely associated with my favorite season… FALL!
Mums usually spill out of my pots and planters as soon as the slightest breeze of fresh fall air arrives at StoneGable.
Recently, I visited a new-to-me greenhouse, PERFECT POTS, where I found a whole world of fabulous fall plants to spruce up my outdoor pots and urns…

I used a mix of fun fall plants along side of my beloved mums to make much more interesting plantings!
This planter, and its twin on the other side of my front door, were planted a week ago. They will continue to grow and fill in right through November!
The planters have developed a nice patina over the years!
Here is how I planted this big urn… and lots of tips that I learned for keeping attractive fall planters.
Purple fountain grass (Pennisetum- advena “Rubrum”) was planted in the back of my  planter for height and a   loose breezy look! I love how the slightest breeze makes them wave and twirl!
I also added curly branches to emphasise the height and give a little added intrest.
 I save these branches from season to season and use them in many of my arragements.
In front of the grass I planted an ornamental pepper called Explosive Embers because it was next in height. 
It is important to take note of the growing habits and height of each plant… we don’t want a plant to grow up and hide other pretties we have planted!
This plant is a real beauty! It also produces tiny purple flowers. It was love at first sight!
Along side of the Black Pearl is a medium sized mum called Aubrey Orange.  I would usually buy the biggest mums I could find to fill my planters. This mums is not the diva of this pot… it is working as a part of an ensembled cast this year!
Mums bloom a long time, about 4 to 6 weeks, but that is not the whole season… so I used to end up with dead mums by November. Choose mums that are still in tight bud form… you will get an extra week or two out of them.
When the mums are spent I’ll remove them and plunk down a big pumpkin in their place!
In front of and around the rest of the pot are low growing ornamentals.  
Don’t you just love ornamental cabbage! It lasts even after frost… and brings fluff and the WOW factor to wherever it is planted!
Pigeon Purple is the variety of  flowering cabbage in my planters this year.
Tucked into the front of the planter is a bright red ornamental pepper. It is called Black Pearl. Can you see a few of the “black pearls” hidden among the red peppers?
I like to use a big splash of color right up front in my fall planters. When I just use mums I usually tuck  bright gourds and leaves around the front of the planter.
To fill and spill over the planters I use a spunky little soft leaf perennial called Dead Nettle (Lamium). What a horrid name for a pretty little plant!  
Dead Nettle is a vigorous spreader and can go from my planter right into the ground… before the first heavy frost.
The last touch is to add pansies in white, orange and purple. Just a couple to bloom to add a splash of sassy color… hopefully until Thanksgiving!
I feed my pots once a week with an all purpose feeder at half strength.  And water them when they start getting dry.
To keep my pots looking picture perfect I deadhead and clean them up when I water.
If you drive by my home early in the morning you just might see a crazy blond lady on her porch in her pj’s… with coffee in hand fussing with her pots!
 Make sure to honk… and I’ll give you a wave!

Comments

  1. says

    The first day of Fall … or as my calendar states, Autumn Begins. Love this beautiful season, soon all it’s color will be boasting about. Your pots are beautiful Yvonne, Happy First Day of Fall!

  2. says

    Beautiful…and I love the tips.

    We are kindred spirits, except I wear dark sunglasses and try to sneak in the mint before anyone sees me in my jammies and messed up ponytail. I keep thinking I should move the planter to the back, but the adventure of trying to not get caught in night clothes and smeared mascara is just too much fun. :).
    Have a wonderful Saturday and I can’t wait until tomorrow nights kinky. Love you, sweet yvonne. Thank you for featuring my recipes and for including me in your super fun, sassy, georgeous, real life, day to day, God glorifying blog that is original…and for just being who you are.
    Your bloggy admirer…and biggest fan!
    Lisa Pearson :)

  3. says

    Beautiful…and I love the tips.

    We are kindred spirits, except I wear dark sunglasses and try to sneak in the mint before anyone sees me in my jammies and messed up ponytail. I keep thinking I should move the planter to the back, but the adventure of trying to not get caught in night clothes and smeared mascara is just too much fun. :).
    Have a wonderful Saturday and I can’t wait until tomorrow nights kinky. Love you, sweet yvonne. Thank you for featuring my recipes and for including me in your super fun, sassy, georgeous, real life, day to day, God glorifying blog that is original…and for just being who you are.
    Your bloggy admirer…and biggest fan!
    Lisa Pearson :)

  4. says

    Just getting ready to “Fall” up everything myself, so this is a welcome post. I love the ornamental cabbages, they thrive around here, and the wow-factor with purple/yellow pansies is brilliant isn’t it? Also loving the tall curly willow branches. May I borrow this idea?

  5. says

    The urns look beautiful and will only get better over time! How perfect is that? LOVE the ornamaental cabbage and the HOT peppers:) XOXOXO Thank you for the prayers, still haven’t heard………..

  6. says

    beautiful planters! I loooove them. I went to the nursery to do something similar, but wasn’t at all happy with the plant selection. I went a totally different direction and added branches/picks etc. I will miss having real plants, but this is fun for a change =)

  7. says

    Gorgeous! Love your choice of plants. You’ve just inspired me to take the evergreens out of my urns by the door and add some Fall color. Happy Fall!

  8. says

    Hey Yvonne, that ‘crazy lady’ is also known around these here parts too. My neighbor across the street is from the middle east and calls me that ‘crazy lady’ who at the crack of dawn in out tending my gardens, fussing with my flowers and chatting away to them. The neighbors son came by over a year ago and told me how much they love my house and gardens… ahhh, so now we know here.. that my neighbors and most likely yours too are green. OH well, let them be.

    So.. do tell, what is your mulching that you’ve used?

    warm hugs,
    Cotton Peony

  9. says

    I love the pots Yvonne! I know you live in a much colder area than I but if you keep watering your pansies they will pop back up through the snow and frost. They’ll look kind of rough but they love cool weather. In VA mine last from now until May. They are worth every penny. Yours are nicely paired with the peppers!

  10. says

    Thank you Yvoone, for such great fall inspiration. I have been working in the yard this past week and my planters are screaming “What about us?” Ornamental cabbage and pansies I can probably find here, the others I will have to look for?
    Oh and by the way I am the “crazy lady” in these parts, thank goodness I am not the only one :)
    Have a wonderful week,
    Chrissy

  11. says

    What lovely pots, Yvonne! My local nursery follows the “thriller, filler and spiller” method of planting pots and it looks like you already do that. I’ll fill mine soon, when our Texas temps go down some. Happy Fall!

  12. says

    How beautiful! I really struggle with putting together a variety of plants so I enjoyed your post. This past spring my husband built us four large planters for our front porch… I’ve had fall plantings on my mind. Thanks for sharing your tips!

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