Fall Plants - Top 7 Plants for Fall Containers

September 3, 2012 – 06:19 am

Sedum 'Vera Jameson'There are so many wonderful, new Heuchera varieties in purple, butterscotch, burgundy and frosty silvers. They are all perfect colors for the fall season, blending beautifully with other autumn tones Since most are hardy to USDA Hardiness Zone 4, they can be over-wintered in the pots down to Zone 6 and sometimes even Zone 5. (USDA Zones 4 - 9, 1-2', Sun to Shade)Photo: © Marie IannottiSedum plants bloom from late summer through fall, in rich, deep pinks and magentas. They are easily grown in containers, being so drought tolerant. Try Sedum 'Vera Jameson' as an alternative to foliage trailers. She'll sprawl and spill over the sides of your pots. (USDA Zones 3 - 9, 1-2', Sun to Partial Shade)Photo: © Marie IannottiChances are good that your vines have grown so long, they're taking over. Snip a few sections off the ends of the vines and root them quickly either in water or directly in the soil of a new fall container. Sweet Potato Vines can be in containers for the entire season. the other colors magnificently, from spring pansies to fall's hardy mums. (Annual, Vine, Sun to Partial Shade)Photo: © Marie IannottiThe orange and rust coleus are naturals for an autumn container. You don't have to worry about bloom time and the leaves of coleus act as prisms in sunshine. They are also extremely easy to propagate by cuttings. You can make more during the season or bring a few cuttings in for the winter, to have large plants ready to go out in the spring. (Annual, 1-3', Sun to Partial Shade)

5. Firethorn (Pyracantha rogersiana )

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Pyracantha grows quite well in pots, although it won’t reach the size it does in the ground. The long-lasting red, orange or yellow berries are a natural for fall. They can be trained on trellis supports or allowed to grow through other plants. Just be careful of the thorns when pruning. Excessive pruning will result in less flowers and berries. (USDA Zones 5 - 8, 1-3' in pots, Full Sun).

Photo: © Marie IannottiYou probably planted some in the spring and haven't seen much action from them during the summer, but snapdragons usually rally again in early fall. The yellow, red and rust colored varieties are the easiest to work into a fall color scheme. Snaps will keep blooming through a bit of frost. ((Annual, 8 - 12"', Sun to Partial Shade) Photo: © Marie Iannotti
  • Curly Top Sedge (Carex buchananii) Bronze red foliage. (USDA Zones 6 - 9, 1-2', Sun to Partial Shade)
  • Gold variegated bamboo-like foliage. (USDA Zones 5 - 9, 2', Partial Shade)
  • Japanese Blood Grass (Imperata cylindrica 'Rubra') Red tipped blades. (USDA Zones 6 - 9, 1-2', Sun to Partial Shade)
Purple and Silver Heuchera

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I usually forget to pinch

Sometimes I'll pinch them to speed up bushyfication, but even when I forget to pinch, they spread out on their own. One of the many things I like about impatiens.
Mine are really starting to flower now, too. Each plant has had a few flowers at a time up to this point, but with the warming weather and the fact that they've apparently developed their root systems, they're getting to the point where they're covered with flowers.
The ones I have in the ground, the ones I have in planters, and the ones I have in containers, all looking good.
Another great thing about them is that they'll keep on flowering profusely right up until the first frost in the fall

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