Update Existing Summer Containers with Fall Flowers
There is no need to throw out your bloomed summer flowers to give your porch containers a Fall look. Instead, transition your summer planters to fall by adding a few bold autumn flowers to your containers. It’s an easy way to update your containers without having to buy a ton of new plants while still keep alive your summer annuals that are still looking green and colorful.
My summer containers had beautiful white vinca flowers that green and in bloom. They made me so happy; I just couldn’t throw them away quite yet. But they spread and took up most of the container. The best way to transition your summer planters to fall, is pull out any tired-looking summer plants. The ones that are still green and in bloom, pull the branches together to make room for autumn foliage. Some summer plants have grown so much that their leaves and branches are spilling over the container. Try to keep those because they look really good with bold fall flowers.
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Add Fall Grasses
The first thing I did was pull out any dead foliage or plants that were done blooming. Then I added fall grasses in the back part of the container so it will be behind the plants. Grasses are so beautiful and they give containers instant drama. When they go to seed, they produce a wheat-like stalk that has a fall beauty. In this planter, I choose a brown grass, but make sure you check out my fall containers from last year to see a variant-green grass that I used. You can also see how the seed from the grass.
Bold Autumn Flowers
There are so many beautiful autumn flowers that come in bold fall colors. I usually always plant mums. But I also love to use coneflowers, but they do need lots of sun, and my porch gets the afternoon sun rays. This year I planted celosia, which has this bright violet color. They look so good next to ornamental cabbage.
Add variations to your containers by adding ornamental cabbages and peppers. They bring texture to the containers and I love how they are unexpected and remind me of the end of the harvest. I like to add at least two ornamental plants to place on both sides of the container.
Pumpkins or Gourds
If you have a bare patch in your container, place a pumpkin or gourd instead of a plant. This is another easy up to transition your summer planters to fall without having to spend money and time on it.