Photo: Laurey W. Glenn
Photo: Ralph Lee Anderson
Purple fountain grass
'Bandana Red' lantana
'Margarita' sweet potato vine
Summer's end doesn't mean a garden's beauty fades. This container gets prettier with each passing fall day. Sun-loving and forgiving if you forget to water, this combo works well when used by the front door, on a deck, or along a walk. The plumes of eye-catching purple fountain grass become more numerous as fall nears. Flank it with another explosive favorite, 'Fireworks' gomphrena, which is great in the ground or a pot. Add three 'Bandana Red' lantanas for bright blooms and two 'Margarita' sweet potato vines to trail. At planting, work in 1 tablespoon Osmocote Flower & Vegetable Smart-Release Plant Food (14-14-14), and then water when the soil feels dry.
Try it Indoors!
Porches and sunrooms deserve colorful pots too. Houseplants in vivid hues are ideal because they love bright, indirect light. Once temperatures consistently drop below 55 degrees at night, bring porch plants inside.
Begin with a glazed pot that's filled almost to the top with premoistened soil. Position one pink bromeliad in the center; tuck in three kalanchoes in shades of peach and pink. Finish with a trailing chartreuse philodendron.
Caring for your indoor plants
Rinse foliage with water to remove any pests before bringing inside.