Hey, Y’all! It’s been all about the fall around here lately, and that is not going to stop! I’m here to talk to you today about the plants I chose for my latest hanging basket. With the first day of Fall behind us, it might be time to think about updating your hanging planters with flowers and plants that will take you right into the cooler temperatures that are just around the corner!
Last week I showed you the inside of my home where I added a few – OK a lot – of Fall touches. Today it’s all about the outside of my house!
Earlier in the summer, I participated in a summer garden tour organized by Tara from Lehman Lane. It was a whole lot of fun! I was able to work with some of my favorite bloggers, and I ended up with a super cute sitting area just off of my garage. Needless to say when Tara mentioned she was organizing a Fall garden tour I jumped at the chance!
Although the curb appeal boosts that my front porch recently received still has a lot of life in it, I still like to add a few seasonal touches, starting with the hanging basket that I have hanging above the numbers of my house.
Obviously, this fern has seen better days!
This is what I used to create my planter:
- A container
- If using a wire container, you’ll also need a peat liner
When choosing plants for a hanging basket, I look for plants that can take a bit of dry out because I don’t always remember to water them. I also usually look for plants I can take a bit of shade because my porch has an overhang and therefore very little sunlight gets to them. For fall plants I’m also looking for those that can take a little bit of a frost.
Specifically, I look for a cascading or a low plant variety to start, a large or taller sizes plant and a medium size plant. I tend to buy the plants in odd numbered amounts rather than even because I find that it’s easier to space the plants out.
It’s a bit tough to find flowers that cascade for a flower basket for fall so instead I opted for the chartreuse foliage the sweet potato vine. It’s an annual where I live, which means that it will die off when the weather gets too cool, but for now, it will add a much-needed pop of color to the basket. For this basket, I used three 4-inch pots.
For my large plant, I used a ‘Sunsparkler Dazzleberry’ sedum which has an upright habit, and will get to be about 18 inches tall and will not spread a whole lot. I purchased one to use in the center of the basket.
For my medium-sized plants, I went with petunias in two different colors – ‘Matrix Orange’ and ‘Red w/blotch.’ I purchased two cell-packs which gave me 12 plants and only used nine of them. The rest are put into a small pot to sit on the table outside on my porch.
My container is a semi-circle and therefore planting was a cinch, as I only had one view to worry about. If you’re using a round planter, I’d recommend doubling. To plant a semi-circle planter, begin by adding a small amount of soil to your lined container. Plant your cascading plants towards the front edge of your basket, being sure to leave sufficient room between plants. Next, add your center, or tall plant. Last, add your medium height plants between the tall and cascading plants, filling in any space. Add soil in and around all the plants. Water well then hang!
To finish off my Fall porch I added a few other accessories.
Mums lining the walkway ensure a pretty view all the way to the front door.
Pumpkins always say Fall is here.
Throw pillows and blankets in warm colors add a pop of color and texture.
A fun wreath completes the look.
Here are those un-used pansies I mentioned.
And just like that, the outside is as ready for fall as the inside!
Thank you to Tara for including me in such a fun hop! For other Fall Garden ideas, be sure to check out all of the inspiration overloads from these talented ladies!
Fall Outdoor Hop
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