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Posted: Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Fall container gardening: tips to enjoy the season’s colors

Fall is in the air. You’ve no doubt noticed the early subtleties as summer slipped away to make room. The temperatures have dipped a little lower, the long hours of daylight are noticeably shorter and the leaves are popping with brilliant colors.

A change of season is the perfect time to give your patio or deck a new look. Fall container gardening can help you celebrate this favorite time of year. Take a moment and imagine replacing the tired plantings and wilting flowers with the colors, shapes and textures of autumn.

Start now so you can enjoy bringing the outdoors in and welcoming the changes. You’ll want to take full advantage because the next season will arrive before you know it.

If you’re ready to usher in the cooler nights and chrysanthemums, these tips can give you a head start:

1. Review your pots and window boxes

Think ahead before you start planting. Do you need to replace any containers that are showing wear and tear? There’s a great selection of sizes, shapes and colors available. Sketch out your design, including possible locations and groupings and where you want your focal point.

Choose your primary colors and shapes and then fill in with others that complement, in order to set the tone and design for your outdoor space. Make sure you explore more than just colors. Choose different textures and sizes and try different arrangements and groupings.

2. Go beyond the traditional

It’s also fun to create a new look with different objects to be used as containers. Spend some time doing research online before you go shopping at the nursery and see what ideas you may be able to come up with.

Think birdbaths, hollowed out pumpkins, baskets, antique birdcages, old tea kettles, metal buckets, old colanders or bird houses with an open roof. And depending on the size of your container, consider adding ceramic figures or other garden ornaments.

3. Add a combination of flowers and plants

When it’s time to choose what will go in those impressive containers, again, do your research. Make sure you ask lots of questions from a knowledgeable employee at your nursery. Ask for recommendations and make sure you can incorporate any favorites you have.

Flowers provide a great selection of colors but don’t overlook the options that foliage presents. And remember that a selection might look different on its own compared to how it will appear when paired up with others. Go for the right combination that will both look great while up close and from the indoors looking out.

4. Vary the heights and colors

One great way to add visual interest is to introduce different heights to your containers. Grasses offer height and balance when mixed in with your lower ground level flowers and greenery. You can also change up the heights with your pots, by sitting one on top of a cinder block or a pot turned upside down.

When it comes to colors, fall varieties are brilliant. And the season offers the perfect opportunity to transform your patio as an inviting space to spend time on a cool but sunny afternoon. Go for the brightest of oranges, yellows, reds and greens. Or consider choosing a color and then try adding other plantings in different shades and hues.

5. Get creative with gourds, peppers and twigs

Think outside of the window box or containers by introducing plants with different shapes, colors and textures. But don’t stop there. Consider other options that could create an even more inspiring look.

Place your plants and flowers in the center of your pot or container and then add vibrantly colorful peppers on the edges. Shop for different sized gourds to work into the mix. For extra effect, try introducing twigs or dogwood branches as a backdrop. Another option is to place coordinating dried flowers among the greens.

6. The clock is ticking

Even though there is still plenty of time to enjoy your fall creations and cozy sweater weather, there is only a very limited growing season. Since there won’t be enough time for your plants to take hold and grow, you’ll need to go for the look of a finished product.

Plan first what flowers, plants and foliage will go into the planter and don’t skimp on the number. You want the appearance of a thriving pot so make sure there isn’t any empty space in between the vegetation. This is the time to snuggle your plants together and then add other elements, such as those mentioned above.

Ingleside at King Farm Independent Living

At Ingleside at King Farm, we love fall. But we also love spring, summer and winter. We make sure to vary our activities to take advantage of everything the seasons have to offer. And the great news is that all of our homes include either a balcony or patio, so when you live here you can create your own beautiful and seasonal container gardens.

Back inside your home, you’ll find open and inviting spaces, walk-in closets and well-equipped kitchens and the floorplan that works best for you. You are also encouraged to personalize your home so it will be a unique expression of your own style.

You’ll find a well-planned community designed to provide all the possibilities you’re looking for:

  • Maintenance-free living

  • Fitness center

  • Indoor heated pool and spa

  • Engaging classes, clubs and programs

  • Spiritual programs

  • Scheduled transportation

At Ingleside at King Farm, you’ll find endless opportunities as soon as you walk out your door. But if you’re in the mood for a taste of city life, you’ll also find easy access to King Farm’s shuttle system that loops to the Metro.

Call (240) 455-4582 if you have any questions or would like to schedule a personalized tour today.

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