A few months back I shared how to plant a planter box with flowers and plants but that was for summer, so now it’s time to do it for fall.
Honestly, I can’t figure out why everyone makes a big fuss about it finally being fall, like that is a good thing or something. Sure, I like homemade soup, cheese fondue, apple crisp, and pumpkin everything (I pretty much just like fall foods) but don’t like being cold, turning on our house heat, the lack of fresh flowers, the expense of fresh fruit, and knowing that it will be at least nine months until we have lovely warm sunny days to enjoy cocktails on the deck in Seattle again. In short, I miss this:
Maybe my love of summer is why I try to keep my summer plants going for as long as possible. But there comes a time when you must face the fact that your summer flowers are fading, and just because you are excited that they filled in so well from when you brought them home as baby plants is no reason to keep brown stalks in your planter box:
So I tore out all the seasonal stuff (petunias and the other plants/flowers with names unknown) and kept in my hibiscus, one snapdragon that was still blooming, and then this cool leafy plant thing.
I think the leafy thing will fade/die as fall progresses, but for now it is such a great filler and adds a nice young green color to the fall mix. Next up, I stick with mums. They are hardy, they come in all different colors, and the bright yellow ones help cheer me up on our dark and rainy fall days.
I did groupings of three, in three spots. If you don’t have leftover summer plants to fill in a large planter box, go for some plain greens or grasses as filler and to add more interest than just a sea of mums.
Before digging any holes, I placed the pots into their potential positions and then arranged and rearranged them until I had something I liked. Also super important, for a double-sided planter like mine make sure it also looks good on the back as well as the front – no sense having it look ugly when walking out your front door.
I also did some other bonus plantings in my industrial planters and used various grasses to replace the dead summer plants in there.
The grasses should hold up all season long and might even survive winter altogether if it is somewhat mild. But if it does snow, I’ll be too busy playing in that and drinking hot chocolate to care about my dead grasses.
Anyone else secretly dread fall? Or brave a rainy weekend just to get your fall planting over and done with?