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Think Outside the Planter Box

Think outside the planter box: Unique fall container ideas.   A fall container garden is a great way to celebrate the season and freshen up outdoor décor. Gardeners like to say Porch Potthat container gardens include “thriller, spiller, and filler” plants-some that thrill, some that spill over the side, and some that fill in the gaps. Go beyond the “normal” mum sitting on your deck – try ornamental or edible kales, asters and violas; there are so many plants that perform heartily in the cool weather!   When planning your fall container garden, think about:
  1. Location. Will your container be in the sun or shade?
  2. Hardy varieties. Plants that can handle the cold and keep looking beautiful.
  3. Complementary container. Think about the size and weight in relation to where you want to display your masterpiece. A small pot may be lost in a garden space, whereas a grouping of small pots or large pot makes a statement almost anywhere. Don’t forget to ensure the container also has good drainage.
  4. The rule of odds.  In design, odd numbers look more balanced in a display than even numbers, so plant three or five different varieties in a small container or three or five of the same plant in a larger display.
  5. Crowd. In the fall plants’ growth slows a bit, so go for the instant gratification and cram those beauties in.
Try these varieties from Wedel’s – perfect for fall container gardening!   *Pansies *Chrysanthemums *Kalekale *Ornamental Cabbage *AstersAster_amellus_-_blooms_(aka) *Ornamental Grasses *Fall blooming AnemoneSedum_rubrotinctum_1 *Sedum   Add some fun too – put a mini pumpkin, some ornamental corn, or some gourds in your container. Think outside the planter box! If time or creativity is an issue, feel free to bring in your containers to Wedel’s – they can give you a host of ideas or even plant for you!
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