Many summer planters are looking a little tired right about now. I know mine sure are. It is still too hot for many fall annuals and there are slim pickings in the nurseries. I don’t know about you, but I want to stretch summer a bit longer and am not quite ready to switch my entrance and patio décor to full blown fall. My solution? Bring a little bit of fall to summer planters.
To freshen up my entrance’s potted hydrangeas, I pulled out tired trailing annuals and nestled in some mini white mums and some dried lotus seed pods. It’s not even September and I’ve bought a few mums! There is a hint of fall with the mums and dried pods but still a lot of summer in the green and white color scheme and the lingering hydrangeas. The curly willow branches compliment the dried lotus seed pods nicely. I switched out my summer wreath for a monogrammed basket of green apples and mums. To see how I made it, please click here.
Another planter of perennial brunnera, sedum and fancy leaf begonia was refreshed with the addition of 2 mini mums on a side patio. Totally perked up and ready for fall! Several of my favorite garden planters are filled with perennials that come back year after year. I tuck in small annuals here and there when the planters need a boost. They require less watering than annuals and pretty much zero maintenance. Gotta love that!
Thinking ahead of bringing plants indoor, I invested in a couple of indoor tropicals and created a transitional fall planter I can enjoy now and bring indoors for winter later. I used a bright jewel toned planter and filled it with tall indoor tropicals: a varigated ginger and a colorful croton with its thick, leathery leaves. I loved their height, texture, shape and rich jewel tones of purples, fuschia, golds and oranges. I added a brilliant fuschia spikey cadmium to compliment the varigated ginger, some lotus pods and their sturdy stems, golden mums to pick up on the croton plant’s firery colors, a bronzed ceramic pumpkin, dried lotus pods, and some waxed purple artichokes. The bronze pumpkin won’t rot in the lingering heat and it is a more subtle nod to fall than a bright orange one.
How do you transition your garden planters into fall? I hope I inspired your creativity!