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Building the Perfect Fall Container

Revamp your existing containers for the cooler fall months

‘Raydon’s Favorite aromatic aster (Symphyotrichum oblongifolium ‘Raydon’s Favorite’, Zones 4-8) weaving through gloriosa daisies (Rudbeckia hirta, Zones 3-7) and ornamental grasses. Photo: Erin Presley

By late August, garden containers (and sometimes their gardeners) can look a little worse for wear. These containers may have been through a lot since springtime—the plants may have been dried out, undernourished, or attacked by insects and disease. September does not have to be the end of enjoying beautiful container designs, though. With a little savvy decision-making, tender love and care, and some plant pick-me-ups, you can give your worn containers a late summer makeover for continued color through the first frosts.

Ornamental grasses like this Mexican feather grass (Nassella tenuissima, Zones 7-10) look beautiful even in death, with their silky threads catching the frost. Photo: Erin Presley

Ornamental grasses such as this Mexican feather grass (Nassella tenuissima, Zones 7–10) look beautiful even in death, with their silky threads catching the frost. Photo: Erin Presley.Decide what will stay and what will go. Plants that were affected by disease…

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