Colorful Container Garden for Fall

Don't let patio planters fade away in the fall. There are lots of plants that will fill your patio with colorful foliage and plenty of flowers.

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When to Plant: Autumn
At Their Best: Autumn
Time to Complete: 4 hours

Materials Needed:

  • planters
  • broken clay pot or plastic pieces
  • all-purpose potting soil

Prepare the Pots

Add clay pieces to the base of each pot. If you are using tall planters such as these, half-fill with clay or plastic pieces, then fill with soil to within 4 inches of the rim.

Position the Plants

In autumn, plants don't grow very much, so avoid leaving gaps as you would when planting summer bedding. Pack your plants in closely to make the planters look "finished."

Aftercare

Densely planted containers can get very dry, even in wet weather, so water them regularly. These plants don't need feeding since they'll soon become dormant during the winter.

Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything

© 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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