Transitioning Summer Planters into Fall

Many summer planters are looking a little tired right about now.  I know mine sure are.  It is still too hot for many fall  annuals and there are slim pickings in the nurseries.  I don’t know about you, but I want to stretch summer a bit longer and am not quite ready to switch my entrance and patio décor to full blown fall. My solution?  Bring a little bit of fall to summer planters.

To freshen up my entrance’s potted hydrangeas, I pulled out tired trailing annuals and nestled in some mini white mums and some dried lotus seed pods.  It’s not even September and I’ve bought a few mums!  There is a hint of fall with the mums and dried pods but still a lot of summer in the green and white color scheme and the lingering hydrangeas. The curly willow branches compliment the dried lotus seed pods nicely.   I switched out my summer wreath for a monogrammed basket of green apples and mums.  To see how I made it, please click here.

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Another planter of perennial brunnera, sedum and fancy leaf begonia was refreshed with the addition of 2 mini mums on a side patio. Totally perked up and ready for fall!  Several of my favorite garden planters are filled with perennials that come back year after year.  I tuck in small annuals here and there when the planters need a boost.  They require less watering than annuals and pretty much zero maintenance.  Gotta love that!image

Thinking ahead of bringing plants indoor, I invested in a couple of indoor tropicals and created a transitional fall planter I can enjoy now and bring indoors for winter later.  I used a bright jewel toned planter and filled it with tall indoor tropicals: a varigated ginger and a colorful croton with its thick, leathery leaves.  I loved their height, texture, shape and rich jewel tones of purples, fuschia, golds and oranges.  I added a brilliant fuschia spikey cadmium to compliment the varigated ginger, some lotus pods and their sturdy stems,  golden mums to pick up on the croton plant’s firery colors, a bronzed ceramic pumpkin, dried lotus pods, and some waxed purple artichokes. The bronze pumpkin won’t rot in the lingering heat and it is a more subtle nod to fall than a bright orange one.

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The plant materials I started with: tall varigated purple ginger with the leaves edged in pink, a mutil-hued croton with its bright yellows, lime, pink and oranges, a fuschia celosia, gold mums and seasonal fillers I had around: lotus pods, purple artichokes, a bronze pumpkin.

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Playing around with the plant arrangment, this is how the planter came together.

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To me this planter still says summer but that fall is around the corner.  The whole planter cost $30.00. in new plant materials.

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Close up details. Once the weather is too cold for the tropicals, they will be brought inside for further enjoyment throughout winter. I will swipe out the mums and pumpkins for some indoor begonias or other indoor flowering plants.

How do you transition your garden planters into fall?  I hope I inspired your creativity!

10 thoughts on “Transitioning Summer Planters into Fall

  1. I haven’t really thought about the autumn as we are still waiting for the summer to arrive here in the UK 😉
    You are just so creative, Johanne, it really reminds me to make a bit more of an effort!

    • Praying for an Indian summer for you then Ginger! At least with cooler temps you haven’t stopped baking. We’ve had 90 degree temperatures all summer! Thanks for stopping by. I mean to inspire creativity not guilt :-)))

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  2. Lovely arrangements Johanne, are you trying to get a head start on Fall? I know what you mean though, right about now the planters are looking a sorry sight, so kudos to you for the re-organization.

    • I was surprised at how many nurseries in DE were selling mums today on the way back from Rehoboth. Too hot! Glad you enjoyed the planters. I am off to travel to Ward’s Island….!

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  3. Your pots are gorgeous Johanne! Most of my flowers are spent, given up after a long hot Alabama summer. It will be too hot even for mums until Oct so I usually just pop big pumpkins atop the urns flanking the front door. I love your eclectic mixes!
    Jenna

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