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5 Best Plants To Grow in Your Fall Planters

Is it fall already? Where did the summer go? Even though the temperature might still be summer-like, it’s time to start planning your fall garden. Wondering what plants to include to make your fall garden look its best? Keep reading for five plants you can grow in planters to give you a beautiful autumn display.

Fall-Blooming Salvias

Salvia Seedling with Red Flower in Rich Loam Soil
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Salvias are one of the best plants to grow in your fall planters. They bloom in the fall and add color and interest to your garden. Salvias come in various colors, including blue, purple, pink, red, and white.

They require little maintenance; provide them full sun and well-drained soil, and they’ll thrive. Salvias are relatively drought tolerant but will bloom more if watered regularly. It’s important to note that some varieties prefer soil that is on the moist side, so read up on your particular type.

Salvias are a great addition to any garden and will make your fall planters look beautiful!

Common Chrysanthemums

orange pumpkin, watering can with chrysanthemums
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Chrysanthemums (Chrysanthemum x grandiflorum) are among the best plants to grow in your fall planters, adding vibrant flowers and a splash of color to your fall decor. Chrysanthemums are relatively easy to tend to and won’t take up much of your time.  

When selecting chrysanthemums for your fall planters, be sure to purchase flowers that are appropriate for the size of your containers. After planting in well-drained soil, place them in a spot with full sun. Chrysanthemums do not like wet feet, so if your soil is too moist, they may not bloom as profusely.

Once you’ve planted your chrysanthemums, water them well, and then add a layer of mulch to the top of the soil. This will help keep them warm over the winter and protect their roots.

If you live in a cold climate, you may need to bring your potted chrysanthemums indoors during the winter. Be sure to place them in a bright, sunny spot and water them regularly. Once the weather warms up in the spring, you can move your chrysanthemums back outdoors.

With a bit of care, your potted chrysanthemums will provide you with beautiful blooms all autumn.


Purple aster flowers
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Asters are a great, low-maintenance option when choosing plants for your fall planters since they don’t require much watering or fertilizing. Asters come in various colors, so you can find the perfect shade to match your fall decor.

When choosing the right aster for your fall planter, there are a few things to remember. First, consider the size of your pot. Asters come in many varieties, so make sure to pick one that will fit comfortably in your container. Second, think about the colors you want in your fall planter. Asters come in a wide range of hues, from deep purple to bright pink.

Third, take into account the sun exposure in your planting area. Asters prefer full sun, but some will also tolerate partial shade. Finally, they need loamy, well-drained soil to thrive.

No matter what type of aster you choose for your fall planter, you’re sure to have a beautiful, colorful display.

Black-Eyed Susans

Black-eyed Susans in a field
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Black-eyed susans (Rudbeckia hirta) are easy to grow and care for, and they produce an abundance of beautiful, daisy-like flowers that bloom from early summer until fall. These cheerful flowers add a welcome splash of yellow to any garden or landscape.

When planting black-eyed Susans, choose a location that receives at least six hours of sunlight daily. They will also do well in partial shade, but they will not flower as profusely. Black-eyed Susans prefer rich, well-drained, but will also do well in most other types of soil.

Once established, black-eyed Susans are drought tolerant and require little care. You’ll be able just to sit back and enjoy the show!

Purple Coneflower

Purple Coneflower
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If you’re looking for a plant that will add some color to your fall planters, the purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) is a great option. This perennial flower is native to Eastern North America and is very easy to grow.

The beautiful-flowered purple plants can reach up to 3 feet tall and they have long, slender leaves. It is a great choice for fall planters because it’s a hardy, low-maintenance plant.

This perennial needs full sun but can tolerate some partial shade and it does best in sandy, well-drained soil. To plant your coneflower in a container, make sure your planter is deep enough for your plant’s taproot. It is recommended you use a 2 or 3-gallon pot (or larger) with drainage holes.

If you’re looking for an easy-to-grow plant that will add some vibrancy to your fall planters, the purple coneflower is a great choice.

You’ll Fall For These Flowers

One of the best parts of autumn is getting to enjoy the beautiful gardens that come with the cooler weather. If you’re looking for plants to add to your garden, these five amazing plants will look great in your fall planters!

Do you have any tips or tricks for planting a successful fall garden? Leave a comment below!