If you’re looking for alternatives to all the mums and ornamental cabbages filling nursery shelves (do not get us wrong–we love and use them too!) consider revamping existing planters, or freshly filling them, with plants where foliage is the star. They’ll look fabulous up to the first hard frost (or through the winter in more temperate regions) and provide an autumn feel while looking distinctive and different. Here are a few of the ideas we’ve found to get you inspired.
How effective is this mini-meadow in a narrow windowbox! While all of these will outgrow the container and need to be moved, this colorful combo of coral bells and ornamental grasses provides a kinetic snapshot of all things autumn.
Build On What You Have
Topiary, such as these junipers, are so worthy of the investment as they look good year round, and provide a foil for all kinds of billowing plants tucked under them. Grasses, vines, crotons, ivies, you name it and it’ll probably look good here.
Of course, a farm-fresh container is always going to look great in fall! Summer’s gaura is still hanging on, but it feels fresher and more seasonal with the addition of an ornamental grass, Wood’s Blue aster, and a purple sage.