Fall means it is time to change out the summer annuals in my container gardens and window boxes, and while pansies and mums are classic choices, I always like to add something new and fresh. I have found some new ‘fashion accessories’ for my fall containers. For profuse blooms on slender stems 6-10” tall, I have found Diasciahybrid, also known as Twinspur. In shades of pink, purple, red and orange, it is a colorful addition to any container. And best of all, no dead heading required!
You can’t miss when you add annual or perennial grasses to your containers; they can bring immediate drama and structure to arrangements of any size. Some of my favorites for fall are 'Cheyenne Sky' Panicum virgatum, a perennial grass with a mature height of 30-36”. After a fall in your container, plant it in your landscape for a striking addition to you garden.
For smaller containers, Toffee Twist Sedge Carexflagellifera has slender, iridescent leaves and an elegant sweeping, trailing habit.
Hybrids of Heuchera, or Coral Bells, come in a wide range of colors these days, from the deep purple/black of ‘Licorice’ to the bright green of ‘Key Lime Pie’! Grown more for their variety of foliage colors and patterns, Heuchera add a striking accent to beds or containers.
It will be a beautiful weekend coming up. Make a trip to your favorite garden center and pick up some new plants for your containers. Dress them up and put them out - you will have all fall to enjoy them!
No spring nor summer’s beauty hath such grace
As I have seen in one Autumnal face....