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What do you put in planters in the fall? Today I am answering that question by sharing my 15 favorite Fall planter ideas in containers that you can plant in the same pots you used for Summer. Yes! I usually just purchase mums or daisy’s, but I have seen so many beautiful arrangements this year that I think I may up my game a little bit.
Living in New England presents gorgeous leaves that turn vibrant red and orange starting in September and ending in mid October. Planting Fall planters has been a tradition since I was a kid.
I thought I would share a few of my updated favorite fall flower planters and ideas that I found and I hope you’ll find some inspiration, too!
Fall Planter Ideas
Decorating outdoor pots for Fall can be easily achieved by planting an array of plants that showcase the vibrant colors of autumn and placing pumpkins inside the foliage or in the surrounding space.
This fall flower planter idea above of container pots featured on Sunset is brimming with autumn color.
The centerpiece of the middle container above is ‘Platt’s Black’, which is a 3- to 4-foot-tall New Zealand flax.
Its long, deep burgundy leaves pair beautifully with the daisies from the garden and ‘Profusion Orange’ zinnias.
A fall planter filled with Plum Delight’ spilling from two of the containers, leaving a full foliage looking display.
If you search google for ideas for front door planters and porch planter ideas you will find several images of planters filled with overflowing greenery in various shades.
There are several inexpensive planter ideas featuring fall colored grasses and flowers that you can put in a planter at the start of Fall.
Kale and Pumpkins
I love this fall front porch display from Craftberry Bush.
She used kale as the focal point and then filled in the planter with mums, gourds and a pumpkin.
For height, she used grass, twigs and she even threw in some berries from the Dollar Tree. I personally love the grassy look!
How smart is that? Lucy has the best Fall decoration ideas!
This tall black planter will help you achieve this look and they are sold as a pair which is nice!
Monogramed Pumpkin Fall Planter
This pumpkin from The Butlers has been a favorite of mine for a few years now.
They show you how to monogram this gorgeous pumpkin, but I love how they styled it.
It is sitting on an orange berry wreath and surrounded by pumpkins, gourds and some mums in the back. This is a great choice for those just taking their first dive into container gardening.
Cabbage and Tall Grass Fall Planter
Laura Trevey uses flowering cabbage to be the star of this fall planter. I love the tall grassy look in the back and the bits of color on the sides and underneath. This Fall planter is so pretty!
When to plant Fall containers?
I start planting my Fall containers the first week of September. Mainly because my Summer flowers have past and my containers or planters are empty! -ha. No better time than when your containers are empty and needing a burst of autumn color to welcome the Fall season.
Fall Front Porch Ideas
Fall porch plants such as mums can be mixed with a variety of fresh flowers to create an interesting and fun Fall planter. A front porch is a perfect place to add mums, pumpkins and Fall decor.
I found this gem by Rikki Snyder Photography that was featured on Homebunch.
Who knew that just placing several small mums together in a container would make for such a brilliant display. I need to find a pot like that one and make this for myself!
Below you can see how I stacked mums, pumpkins and dried grasses. I used a planter stand behind the large yellow mum and added additional mums and cabbage to create height.
Be sure to check out my entire Fall Home Tour.
Mums and Pumpkins
I love these different autumn colors of colors all in one planter. A Fall planter pot can consist of really any material or color. A terracotta or brown planter typically coordinates with most Fall themes but if you live in a beach or coastal area, a white fall planter pot would also work perfectly.
They are always a showstopper and Creative Home Expressions showed us how to do it right!
This idea found on Houzz is one of my favorites. I just adore that yellow pot and the height of the grass and the extra layer of texture.
Hydrangeas and Pumpkins
There is just enough color in the arrangement to not overpower that gorgeous planter. The black urns are a showpiece featuring greens and hydrangeas topped with pumpkins.
This pumpkin planter topiary by EAB Designs is just fabulous. It actually looks pretty simple to put together, too!
Fall Annuals for Containers
What do you put in a planter in the Fall?
• Mums – An example of fall mums in planters could be a grouping of orange and yellow mums in red clay pots.
• Ornamental Cabbage – Try grouping white and pink cabbage in wicker baskets.
• Pansies – An example of pansies in planters could be a scattering of purple and yellow pansies in terracotta pots.
• Marigolds – An example of marigolds in planters could be an array of orange
• Kale or Swiss Chard – these coordinate with bright and bold flowers such as marigolds, zinnias, and chrysanthemums for fall planters.
Momcrieff showed off this galvanized tub filled to the brim with fall goodness, I love that she added a bit of hydrangea in there. So pretty!
Hydrangea Galvanized Tub Fall Planter
A galvanized tub like this, if you have a covered porch, works great to fill with mums and pumpkins.
Fall Leaves & Berries Urn Planter
This urn by Simply Southern Flowers is just brimming with fall leaves, berries, and a bit of tall grass for height. I love how the container looks like a burst of pretty foliage colors from New England trees.
Metal Bucket With Handles
If you love mums like I do, these fall mums in Olive Buckets from On Sutton Place are just perfection!
Fall Planter Ideas With Mums
Pumpkin planters ideas is one of my favorite topics to search on google or pinterest at the start of Fall. There are so many creative ways to use a carved pumpkin as a planter!
You can plant mums in just about any planter. You can see below, I carved a pumpkin and used it as a fall planter for a pot of mums. I left the mums in the plastic container and just popped it into the pumpkin. So easy!
Of course we can’t forget our Fall Pumpkin Planter above! Don’t miss how to cut out a pumpkin and have it last through out fall season as a mum planter! If you prefer a white traditional style planter that you can use year round, we have these on our back deck and they are great.
Our Fall planters below are filled with faux and real flowers. I purchased the planters already filled with faux plants and added a mix of real leaves and pumpkins. The wheelbarrow planter is also a unique planter that works for all seasons!
What are some of you favorite fall planter ideas? I always love finding new ways to display mums and pumpkins. It’s one of my favorite times of year! My flannel below has nothing to do with planters but I just ordered it and thought you would love it too!
You can find all of my favorite planters and Fall decorations that are affordable and great quality here on my Amazon Storefront.
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