Inspiration for Fall Containers

Tips and inspiration for your fall combos

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While we're sometimes sad to see the summer go there are so many things we love about fall. One of our favorite ways to usher in the season in is by giving our porch pots, patios, and front doors a fall makeover! There are so many creative ways to incorporate fall plants. Keep in mind that plant growth slows in the fall (even for cold weather lovers) so you'll want to plant your planter fuller that you would in the spring. Here are a few we love to use:


We love the fall tones and striking textures that ornamental kale and cabbage bring. They immediately signify fall, compliment a wide variety of fall flowers, and add a striking twist to any planter. They look especially amazing with blue or purple asters!

Ornamental Cabbage (Photo: University of Wisconsin Horticulture)


This plant loves the cold and looks more and more amazing as the temperature drops. You can find it in a wide variety of colors ranging from bright green to deep, textured reds and purples.


Grasses are a great way to add year-round interest to your planter. They come in a wide variety of colors, heights, and textures and you're certain to find one you love. Jessy recommends using a perennial grass as your 'thriller' or center piece in a combo. You can then rotate annuals seasonally to refresh the look. It's a great way to have a signature look that works for all seasons. Not to mention you create less waste and save yourself money and time!

Also great in fall containers:

  • Euphorbia

  • Sedum

  • Ajuga

  • Lamb's Ear

We love this combo of mums, grasses, and heuchera from The Spruce.

The Spruce

What do you think of Southern Living's 'Mumkin'? Yes, its a cleaned out pumpkin used as a planter for mums!

A 'mumkin' from Southern Living

A few more resources for inspiration: