Fall Planter Ideas That Will Take You Into Winter

These fall planter ideas will help you choose and create beautiful container gardens that will last well into the winter season.

As summer comes to an end, it’s time to spruce up, or create new pots of color, for your entrance. Today I’m sharing some of my favorite fall planter ideas that will last several months.

Fall Planter Ideas

These fall planter ideas will help you choose and create beautiful container gardens that will last well into the winter season.

Here in our zone 6 garden, so many of the summer flower planters have grown past their prime.

Fall planter ideas - spent summer container

The only thing looking good in this large planter, on my front porch is Lamium ‘Orchid Frost.’ I dug up the begonia in the back, and re-potted it to bring inside. Then I cleaned up any dead or poor looking foliage, and created a beautiful planter for the fall.

As always, keep in mind the thriller (tall), filler (bushy), and spiller (trailing) theory, to create a stellar looking planter.

I kept the lamium because it will overwinter in this pot, and it has a nice creeping nature. The three plants shown above are all annuals. They will not make it past a couple of frosts, but since the planter is located on a covered porch, I trust that they will hold their own through the end of November. 

Even better choices are the three listed above because they’re all hardy perennials to my area, and will last thorough the winter. Depending on how cold it gets, I could keep them there until next year. However, I will probably move them into the garden, on a warm day in late November, early December, to make room for new Christmas decor.

A couple of other great annuals would be ornamental kale, or a different variety of coleus. 

These fall planter ideas will help you choose and create beautiful container gardens that will last well into the winter season.

If you want to have two flanking pots, consider buying one of each and dividing them into two. This works for many of the plants above, sold in quart and gallon pots, and will save you money. It also allows you to plant a greater variety into a smaller pot.

Also, don’t be afraid to add in gourds or even a few sprigs of artificial berries to give your planter more color and texture.

These fall planter ideas will help you choose and create beautiful container gardens that will last well into the winter season.

I would have liked to purchase all perennials for this planter. Still, the purple fountain grass to me is so gorgeous, I felt it was worth the price. And, the sweet potato vine and coleus have been at the nursery from the beginning of the season, so I was able to purchase them at 50% off. I do love a bargain.

Fall Planter Ideas Recap:

  • Keep some of the plants that still look good in the planter
  • Buy perennials that you can reuse in the garden
  • Divide larger pots into two pieces – 2 for the price of 1
  • Add artificial accents for extra texture and color
  • Add other fall accents like gourds or Indian corn 
  • Consider moving plants from the garden into your planter
  • Look for end of the summer sales in shades of autumn

 

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About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Hearth and Vine, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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