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Green pot filled with shade plants

Four Fall Pot-ups

Container Recipes for Your Fall Garden

The sweetness of fall is in the air and we love this time of year. Plants take a much needed deep breath after our long, hot summer to recoup and get comfortable before winter. Fall is an ideal time to plant or transplant almost anything. Soil stays warm and cozy for the roots because of warm daytime temps, but the cooler mornings and evenings create a perfectly pleasant environment for plants to acclimate to new surroundings with minimal transplant shock.

"What can I plant in fall?" We get this question a lot. We’ve provided four fabulous fall recipes with varying sun requirements. You're not limited to planting these recipes in containers, as you can take these combinations and repeat them in a border as well. The plant sizes used in the recipes are only a guide—you can adjust depending on your taste and container size.

Quintessential fall plants are mums, pansies, violas, ornamental kale and cabbage, heuchera, with colors ranging from deep dark burgundy to burnt orange. If you plant these now, you’ll enjoy their beauty for months to come with only a little deadheading and potentially replacing a mum here or there with another annual. We hope you enjoy these containers. Happy fall and happy planting!
Green pot filled with dhade plants

Container #1: Shade

  • Container: 16" diameter x 19" tall
  • Thriller: Mahonia 'Sweet Caress' (one gallon)
  • Filler: Lily Turf 'Silvery Sunproof' (one quart)
  • Filler: Heuchera 'Kira Jersey' (one quart)
  • Filler: Ornamental Purple Kale (one quart)
  • Spiller: Dichondra 'Silver Falls' (one quart)
Brown pot filled with sun plants

Container #2: Sun

  • Container: 11.5" diameter x 12.5" tall
  • Thriller: Heavenly Bamboo 'Firepower' (one gallon)
  • Filler: Viola 'Penny Yellow Blotch' (one six-pack)
  • Filler: Ornamental Green Kale (one six-pack)
  • Filler: Chrysanthemum 'Orange' (two four-inch)
  • Spiller: Creeping Wire Vine (one quart)
Black pot filled with partial sun plants

Container #3: Partial Sun

  • Container Size: 15.5" diameter x 15" tall
  • Thriller: Euphorbia 'Miner's Merlot' (one gallon)
  • Filler: Heuchera 'Fire Alarm' (one quart)
  • Filler: Pansy 'Halloween II' (one six-pack)
  • Filler: Sweet Alyssum (one four-inch)
  • Filler: Chrysanthemum 'Fonti Orange' (one four-inch)
  • Spiller: Fuchsia 'Autumnale' (one quart)
Brown pot with partial sun plants

Container #4: Partial Sun

  • Container: 15.5" diameter x 15.5" tall
  • Thriller: Corkscrew Rush 'Twister' (one gallon)
  • Filler: Chrysanthemum 'Arluno Purple' (one four-inch)
  • Filler: Alyssum (two four-inch)
  • Filler: Ajuga 'Burgundy Glow' (one quart)
  • Spiller: Setcreasea 'Purple Heart' (one quart)
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