Fall Plants for Autumn Hanging Baskets
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!
Apparently, this fern has seen better days!
It all starts with the plants! Here are a few ideas for containers that are also perfect for Fall. For best results, be sure to determine your zone and refer to the plant info (can be found on the stick in the plant) when making your selections.
Here is what I look for in a plant:
- Needs infrequent watering – I don’t always remember to water them
- Can take a bit of shade because my porch has an overhang and therefore very little sunlight gets to them
- Can take a little bit of a frost.
When planning for my hanging basket, I look for a cascading or a low plant variety to start, a large or taller size 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.
Here are some options:
- Coral Bells
- Turtlehead (zones 4-9)
- Monkshood (zones 3-7)
- Sweet autumn clematis (zones 4-9)
- Aster (zones 4-8)
- Toad Lily ( zones 4-9)
- Golden Rod (4-9)
- Russian Sage (5-9)
- Perennial Sunflower
- Sedum (4 – 9)
- Japanese Anemone (zones 4-8)
- Decorative Cabbage and Kale
- White Clover
- Creeping Jenny
- Lambs Ear’s
Now it’s time to get busy! This is what I used to create my planter:
- A container
- If using a wire container, you’ll also need a peat liner
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 pansies 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 is 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!
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