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How to Spruce Up Containers for Fall

Whether you are replacing wilted annuals or starting over, create a stunning display of fall color in your containers

Pairing autumn classics like mums and grasses—such as a dwarf fountain grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides, Zones 5–9)—with violets (Viola cv., Zones 3–9), celosias (Celosia argentea, Zones 10–11), and other colorful annuals gives your window boxes and planters a fresh look for the fall season. Photo courtesy of Nicholas Yates, Enliven Planters

If your container plantings are looking frazzled after this rough summer, you’re not alone. However, our Mid-Atlantic autumn season still has a fair way to go, so don’t give up on your potted plantings too soon. With a little effort, they can look spectacular well into the fall season. For some suggestions, I turned to Paul Kawoczka, co-owner of Enliven Planters, a company well known in the Philadelphia area for its eye-catching seasonal container designs.

Add Fresh Plants for Fall

A narrow-bladed digging knife is handy for renovating fall containers, giving you precise control when you’re removing old plants and minimizing damage to those that will be staying in place. Photo: Nancy J. Ondra

“Rather than doing a complete replanting of your container, you may choose to leave in some elements and edit out others,” advises Paul. First, carefully dig out the plants you want to replace.…

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