As the air turns cooler in Buffalo, some of the flowers and plants in your containers might start looking a little sad, but that doesn’t mean the growing season is over. Instead of putting your pots away for the fall, spruce them up with some fall colors and plants that will make them work for a couple more months. Here are a few tips for your fall containers:
- Chrysanthemums – mums are abundant at this time of year, so find a few vines or some ground cover growing in your gardens or other containers and spice up a single mum plant.
- Coral bells a/k/a heuchera – coral bells love cooler weather, and on many varieties the leaves will change color as the season wears on. Put two or three different varieties in a large container and watch what happens.
- Succulents like “Hens and Chickens” – “Hens and Chickens” are nearly impossible to kill and do better with neglect. They come in a variety of sizes and can make cute miniature containers like this one.
- Grasses – try pairing some tall grasses with a mum or coral bells for some height in your containers.
- Flowering cabbage – the colors of the cabbage leaves will also deepen as the weather grows colder; it also adds an interesting texture to a container.
If you’re looking for some other ideas for container gardens or want to learn more, a great resource is Kerry Michaels’ Container Gardening Guide on about.com.