Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Container Gardening Facelift for Fall Color

Looking to add Fall color to any outdoor space? Nothing beats container gardening for a fast pop of color that adds  nature's special touch. You have to agree, Mother Nature's nod to the changing season rivals any man-made masterpiece.

But often, by summer's end, container plantings have seen better days. Before you dump and give up, you can give your tired containers a facelift by adding bright Fall annuals and colorful foliage in bold colors of red, orange, deep purple and gold.

There are still plenty of plants available at your local garden center that will see your containers well through the cooler months of Fall.

Containers allow you to control what you want to highlight
(a front entranceway) and give you the freedom to try different plants you would ordinarily shy away from in your landscape.

Whether you plant mums, asters, snapdragons or orange and red coleus, it's easy to spruce up your containers to fit any taste and budget.

And for those of you looking for easy, low maintenance plants, try native plants like Aster Bluebird, Rudbeckia Viette's 'Little Suzy' and Chasmanthium from American Beauties Native Plants that are perfect beauties for any pot.

Above is a great image from Bobbie Schwartz, president of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) that suggests containers can add plenty of charm and pizazz to any home-sweet-home.

Check out APLD for more garden design tips, gorgeous images, and where you can find a professional landscape designer near you. Experiment. Be daring. And fall into Fall!



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