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Cold-Hardy Edibles Add a Unique Flare to Fall Containers—Planting Plans

edibles in fall containers
Design by Helen Weis, Photo: Lynn Felici-Gallant

If you’re looking for a way to add a pop of the unexpected to your containers, including hardy edibles can be a wonderful way to increase interest and set your fall container apart. Brassicas such as kale and cabbage can be included to add rich color to your containers, while herbs such as oregano can lend texture interest. See below for ideas on how to include edibles in your autumn containers.

Add a touch of the unusual to the traditional (seen above)

Add a touch of the unusual to the traditional container illustrated and labeled

A spray of wispy foxtail fern along with a touch of variegated ivy weave through a common mum-and-kale combination, adding a touch of flair to a staple fall arrangement.

1. ‘Cheryl’ chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum ‘Cheryl’, annual)

2. ‘Redbor’ kale (Brassica oleracea ‘Redbor’, annual)

3. Foxtail fern (Asparagus densiflorus ‘Myersii’, Zones 9–11)

4. ‘Glacier’ English ivy (Hedera helix ‘Glacier’, Zones 5–11)

Step it up a notch

container with ornamental cabbage and orange mums
Design by Helen Weis, Photo: Lynn Felici-Gallant

The rounded shape of this container and the dominant cabbage and mum within it are calming in their familiarity, but the addition of a sprightly variegated grass gives the planter just the oomph it needs without making it too offbeat.

Step it up a notch container illustrated and labeled

1. Variegated miscanthus (Miscanthus sinensis ‘Variegatus’, Zones 4–9)

2. ‘Kamome Red’ ornamental cabbage (Brassica oleracea ‘Kamome Red’, annual)

3. ‘Pigeon Purple’ ornamental cabbage (Brassica oleracea ‘Pigeon Purple’, annual)

4. Foxtail fern (Asparagus densiflorus ‘Myersii’, Zones 9–11)

5. ‘Burnt Orange’ chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum ‘Burnt Orange’, annual)

6. ‘Glacier’ English ivy (Hedera helix ‘Glacier’, Zones 5–11)

Silver glows in the shade

container with various silver foliage plants
Design by Stacie Crooks, Photo: Danielle Sherry

Silver and variegated plants can illuminate a shady area. But silvery plants can feel cold and harsh when used alone. With the addition of a touch of deep purple flowers and foliage to tone down the brightness, the planting now glistens.

Silver glows in the shade container illustrated and labeled

1. ‘Silver Falls’ dichondra (Dichondra argentea ‘Silver Falls’, Zones 10–11)

2. Variegated Japanese iris (Iris ensata ‘Variegata’, Zones 3–9)

3. ‘Amethyst Falls’ ornamental oregano (Origanum ‘Amethyst Falls’, Zones 5–9)

4. Black mondo grass (Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’, Zones 6–11)

5. Sorbet Blue Blotch viola (Viola cornuta ‘Sorbet Blue Blotch’, Zones 6–8)

6. ‘Goodwin Creek Gray’ lavender (Lavandula dentata ‘Goodwin Creek Gray’, Zones 5–9)

7. ‘Tasmanian Tiger’ euphorbia (Euphorbia characias ‘Tasmanian Tiger’, Zones 7–10)

8. Dusty miller (Senecio cineraria, annual)

9. ‘Redbor’ kale (Brassica oleracea ‘Redbor’, annual)


Illustrations: Elara Tanguy

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