Quick and easy instructions for how to make fall outdoor planters for your porch or garden. Along with tips for the 10 best fall flowers for pots.
Fall is in full swing around here.
It's apple picking, boot wearing, pull the comfy sweaters out of storage time. And I can't be happier.
Besides, the Country Living Fair is coming to town this weekend, so I'm in an extra good mood to see all that vintage/farmhouse/crafty goodness all in one place.
There is always one thing that I am hesitant about in September though. When is the right time is to trade out my summer plants for fall ones?
(I posted this photo on Instagram when the geraniums were in their heyday.)
Some years I let my summer plants hang around until the first frost, but these planters beside the garage door have gone downhill fast.
OK, I'll admit I haven't been caring for them as much as I should have, because . . . FALL and all.
So this weekend I decided to spare them from dying a slow death and changed them over to fall outdoor planters instead of the scraggly looking summer ones.
How To Make Fall Outdoor Planters:
I start out by yanking out the summer plants and topping the planters off with some fresh dirt.
Then deciding exactly what I want to plant in the tubs.
Sure, you can go with a big old honking container of mums. But you can also get a little creative and mix up your fall plants a bit.
I chose mums, purple fountain grass, flowering cabbage and flowering kale.
I start by planting my grass toward the back of the container and slightly off center.
And add my mum beside it.
I add the kale in front of the grass
and squeeze the cabbage in between the mum and the kale.
In roughly ten minutes time and for less than $15 I have a fancy new fall planter that will take me through Thanksgiving.
Probably beyond Thanksgiving, but when I do my Christmas decorating I'll probably change them up to look something like my Winter Porch Pots from last year.
Tired of the same old same old mums? There's a lot of plants you can plant in your fall outdoor planters!
Looking for a fall planter idea with more gold and orange?
I have a tutorial on how to make a Beginner Friendly Fall Porch Planter for you that uses more of those colors (actually planting them in a container, not leaving them in the red wagon, of course).
10 Fall Flowers For Pots:
- Coral Bells
- Ornamental Peppers
- Calibrachoa (Million Bells)
Now, you're in luck! Today is Thrifty Style Team's day to show off some of our projects we've been working on, so run over and visit some of my friends and see what they have up their sleeves.
I loved your full pot of geraniums when you posted it on Instagram and I'm really loving what you replaced them with for fall. The plant combination is so pretty and it looks great in your metal containers.
Thank you! Those containers are just the right size for container gardens - bigger than an urn, but not so huge you have to go broke buying plants for them.
Thanks for sharing these great ideas, my pots could use some love about now!!
Your fall container is gorgeous, Pam! I love flowers and planters but I just don't seem to have the knack for putting it all together in one planter. Maybe this year. 🙂
Your lovely arrangements are getting me into the fall mood.
FLORENCE @ VintageSouthernPicks
My Summer plants are looking pretty scraggly too. I've pulled up several already. Looking forward to planting a few mums pretty soon. I've never tried kale, but like the look of it. One of these years, I'm going to splurge and do it. Yours looks very pretty Pam!
That is absolutely perfect for the fall Pam. Pinned and shared!!
Barbara Chapman ~ French Ethereal
So cute! I've been thinking about picking up a planter or two to make some more fall planters. A week ago or so I picked up some red and orange gaillardia and the local birds are munching on the leaves... Roses, however, I'm hoping to get back blooming with the cooler days and evenings! <3
Happily pinned a ton,
xoxo Barb 🙂
I have a thing for cabbage and kale plants for the fall. Such a pretty display in your yard.
I love your green thumb. I love to see your talent and garden ideas. Your Fall containers and plants are lovely and inspiring. Thanks for sharing.
These are my favorite fall staples all in one pot. I love it, such a great combo you made.
Hey Pam...I'm always ready to move on to new planters come September...I'm right behind you...thanks for the inspiration!
Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces
That is a beautiful planter, Pam...and I love the video, too! I admit, I've been letting some of my planters go now, too...they need refreshing for fall!
what a lovely planter and flowers you put together. perfect for fall weather.
Your planter looks so gorgeous and fallish, Pam! So pretty. Wishing it was cooler down here in Texas...I'm so ready to plant some fall fun, too.
I love how you added the kale and cabbage with the mum. Easy but so pretty and perfect for fall.
It's all about the cabbage for me, and you've got nice cabbage.
Thanks for permission, Pam! Am just seeing your post today, and my summer girls are far past prime, but tried to keep them hanging on. Now I have some fresh incentive and lovely ideas to carry on into fall. Problem is, our temps in MN have been just brushing 90! We had one lovely week of perfect fall temps, now way too warm, and forecast says more on the way. Considering what other folks are dealing with around the country, shouldn't complain.
Awesome post! I love that pumpkin places right next to the planter, gives such a special look!