At the end of summer, many annuals have lost
their luster. But, you can replace them and revive your containers
with fresh fall flowers. Hi, I’m William Moss and I’m going to talk about five options
for colorful autumn containers and window boxes. Let’s start with pansies.
Pansies make very good container plants because they have big, big flowers on these short plants. So, you can really put them in and form a
nice border in front. When you plant them, you just want to pull
some of the roots out a little bit and that’s it. They’re so easy to plant. Just pop them right on in, and make sure they’re
on the edge in a border like that. And then we have kale. It has colorful foliage, very decorative, and the neat thing about it is that it takes
the cold temperatures. It really likes those cooler weather. So, same as with
the pansies, all you do is break up some of the roots, and put this guy in here. Now the
ornamental kale will get large, so for a container like this, one is gonna be good enough to kind of anchor everything in for us. And then, we have mums. Mums, of course,
are very popular fall flowers and they work very well in
containers. And, mums come in so many different
colors that we’ll even work a few reds in with some of our russets. They also come
in yellow some like this red have bright yellow
eyes, and put the guys right in there. That’s perfect. And very similar to mums are asters. Asters are perennials. They come in
shades of blues and purples. They work perfectly when you put them
and containers. Look for dwarf varieties The ones that are about six to eight inches and
they will spillover with literally hundreds of purple and blue flowers.
And then the last thing I want to add to the container, is actually not a flower at all. These are
mini gourds and they had a lot interest. You’ll be able to find these in stores and farmers markets, but you also can grow your own and add those to your containers you
don’t have to plant them. Just sit a few of them inside your container, just for interest, and it brings lot of color… and as the
plants fill in around it, you’ll have these spots of orange and yellow poking out making it even more interesting. And this will
carry you all the way through fall going into some of the hard frost.
Just because the temperatures a cooling off, doesn’t mean you can’t create a colorful
fall container this hot.