Change is in the air. With summer winding down, step back outside and appreciate the differences; cool evenings and a less intense sun elicit a sigh of relief from the garden. “This is a great time to rejuvenate your containers,” says John Cox, owner of John’s Garden Company in Charleston, South Carolina. “Besides the fact that summer annuals are exhausted, adding plants in the fall color palette is a super way to refresh your outdoor living spaces.”
Planting now fills the gap between tired summer blooms and cool-weather annuals such as pansies and violas. Besides enjoying a host of flowers and foliage that celebrate autumn, you’re also allowing the soil to cool sufficiently for your winter garden to flourish. Expect your containers to last until frost.