Give your containers a fresh face with these expert ideas.
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.
Don't be lured into getting one of everything. Remember these tips.
Here are some more considerations when combining plants.
Cluster containers in a large space for high impact. John’s tips make it easy.
Regardless of your container’s size, the principles of plant arrangement remain the same.
Center the tallest plant (here a Mexican bush sage), or push it to the back edge if the container is to be viewed from only one side.
Surround the tall selection with mid-range plants, such as ornamental peppers, mums, and lamb’s ears.
Complete the arrangement with a trailing plant. A creeping fig meanders over the edge for an elegant finish.
"Pretty Up Your Pots" is from the September 2008 issue of Southern Living.