4 Festive Ideas for Fall Container Gardening


Now is a great time to freshen up your garden containers with the rich colors and textures of the season. There are plenty of late-season bloomers and fall foliage beauties that will keep your containers looking gorgeous up to the first frost and even beyond.

We asked our friend, Nonie Daniel, of Nonie’s Garden Floral Design, to create four no-fail fall containers for us. Her strategy is simple: cluster three to four different plants together in one pot, varying height, color and texture for instant impact. Grab your best containers and let’s get started!


1. Supporting Act

Freshen up the base of an existing potted tree to add seasonal punch to your porch. Pansies are the easiest way to add long-lasting color. These hardy blooms will last through the first couple of frosts, and their low-growing, mounded shape makes them great fillers for containers. The deep purple color and bold texture of kale create a great counterpoint.



2. Fine Foliage

Filling your container with mostly frost-hardy, leafy plants is a great strategy for lasting looks. Ornamental grasses and evergreen accents are dependable choices. Golden creeping Jenny is a reliable year-round performer that cascades beautifully over the rim of the pot. Lastly, tuck in some easy fall bloomers, like violas and sweet alyssum, for a splash of color.



3. Autumnal Showstopper

This arrangement’s bold fall coloration and accents make it a welcoming addition to the front porch. The burgundy beauty, Hawaiian Ti, adds great height, and it’s surrounded by a winning combination of mums, ornamental cabbage and loropetalum for an explosion of texture. Pile on the pumpkins for a fun and festive accent.



4. Shade Lover

Ferns may not be at the top of your list as a fall container thriller, but it should be. This shade-loving evergreen will hold up well through the winter—and pair well with autumnal favorite and hardy perennial, Heuchera. The white pumpkin adds subtle seasonal flair.


Nonie Daniel

Nonie Daniel of Nonie’s Garden Floral Design combines a lifelong passion for gardening with a background in fine arts to create original, seasonal and natural botanical designs. Her signature style integrates pods, branches, vegetables, fruits, flowers and succulents into her floral and container designs, many of which are gathered from her own gardens. Raised on a farm in Northern Virginia, she received an MFA in illustration and graphic design, and worked for many years as a graphic designer in Atlanta before shifting to floral and botanical design 6 years ago. She lives in the Virginia Highland neighborhood of Atlanta where she has a floral studio that produces flow- ers and botanicals for local events and weddings as well as unique wreaths and seasonal decor.


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    September 26, 2014

    Wow, your fall container baskets are very refreshing. I love adding the pumpkins. Thank for the inspiration to
    plant w/ fall plants!

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    E Jones

    September 14, 2014

    Your autumn planters outside the doors are gorgeous – would love to see how to design them for Fall. Thanks

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    October 17, 2013

    These are gorgeous!