10 Gorgeous Fall Hanging Basket Ideas

Stage your own fall color show with spectacular hanging baskets overflowing with plants that thrive in the season’s cooler weather.

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Photo By: Ball Horticultural Company

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Welcome Fall With Pansies

What’s better for fall color than a pansy? How about a trailing pansy that naturally rambles and scampers over the edges of hanging baskets? Cool Wave pansy does just that, opening classic pansy blooms in a rainbow of shades. Look for hanging baskets planted with Cool Wave spreading pansies, or whip up your own. Choose baskets in single colors to complement your home’s exterior. Or get in on nature’s autumn act by hanging baskets overflowing with pansies that contrast with the fall color of nearby trees.

Larger-Than-Life Hanging Basket

Fall means garden mums, and no one does mum hanging baskets better than Longwood Gardens. At their annual Chrysanthemum Festival, mums (Chrysanthemum) take center stage, including these gigantic hanging orbs. Your porch might not be able to accommodate an oversize orb, but it can host pretty garden mum hanging baskets.

Discover Trailing Garden Mums

Look for new Skyfall mums to create the perfect porch-size garden mum orb. Traditional garden mums don’t always make the prettiest hanging baskets because their stems don’t naturally trail and can be brittle, breaking easily. Not so with Skyfall mums. These trailing mums adapt beautifully to hanging baskets, cascading naturally. The petite daisy blooms beckon butterflies to the frost-tolerant plants. Look for flower colors of yellow, white, pink, purple and red. Plants are garden hardy in Zones 6A to 11. Plant at least six weeks before frost to help ensure winter survival.

Blazing Fall Color

Some classic summer annuals can hold their own well into fall, even standing up to early light frosts. Orange tones steal the spotlight in this autumn themed hanging basket, featuring grass-like Toffee Twist carex, Flirtation Orange diascia, Diamond Frost euphorbia and Superbena Royale Peachy Keen verbena. These annuals withstand varying degrees of frost. In mild winter regions, they’ll deliver color through early December.

Herbal Beauty

'Kirigami’ ornamental oregano isn’t meant for the kitchen—it’s purely a garden delight with its colorful bracts and lightly fragrant flowers. During autumn’s cool nights, the rose-purple bracts on 'Kirigami’ (Origanum x hybrid 'Kirigami’) deepen in color. Look for this beauty in spring to grow all summer long and into fall. Or pick it up at garden centers in autumn to decorate outdoor spaces until hard frost arrives. This oregano is winter hardy in planting beds in Zones 5b-8b. Tuck it into the garden at least six weeks before hard frost to help ensure winter survival. Next spring, dig it and pot it, or enjoy its trailing stems in the garden.

In The Pink

Fall’s blazing hues of orange, gold and red blend artfully with pretty pink tones, like those in found in this basket of blushing annuals. The trio features frost-hardy Rose Veined Trailing Supertunia (small pink petunia), Blushing Princess sweet alyssum and Royal Magenta Supertunia (large deep pink petunia). Supertunias withstand light freezes to 30 degrees F, while dainty sweet alyssum bounces back from hard freezes of short duration. In other words, this mix of bloomers can bring on color from early fall to whenever consistent cold arrives in your neck of the woods.

Bold Begonias

New to the begonia market, Megawatt begonia delivers big color on big plants (20 to 28 inches tall). It’s a natural for hanging baskets, forming lush, flower-covered balls that look good from spring to fall. This beauty waltzes from summer heat and drought to autumn chill without missing a blooming beat. Look for Megawatt begonias with bronze-tinted leaves for a striking complement to fall’s natural color palette. Flowers colors include pink (shown), rose and red.

Garden Mums For Baskets

These aren’t your grandmother’s garden mums! Dress your outdoor spaces with the newest in garden mums: trailing Skyfall garden mums (Chrysanthemum morifolium). The flowers open to reveal petite daisy-like blossoms that beckon late season pollinators. Create your own autumn fest by hanging baskets of mixed Skyfall garden mum varieties, including yellow, white and pink. Purchase baskets that are fully budded and just starting to open flowers to make sure you get the color you want. Then sit back and enjoy the floral fireworks as buds burst.

Petunia Perfection

Don’t hesitate to bring home a fall petunia basket from your favorite garden or home center. If it’s planted with Proven Winners Supertunias and Calibrachoa, you’ll be in for weeks of flowery color. This blend of petunia-like blooms features a mix of Really Red Supertunia and Royal Velvet Supertunia (purple), accented with the smaller blossoms of Dreamsicle Orange calibrachoa. These petunias don’t need deadheading to look their best and deliver color through Thanksgiving in all but the coldest regions.

Mix It Up

If you’re a gardener who craves pure splashes of single colors, try something different this year. Mimic Mother Nature’s fall color show and treat yourself to a hanging basket planted with a mix of hues. The effect is truly a garden party in a pot. Cool Wave Mix Spreading Pansy delivers a just-right blend (designed by the seed breeders) that’s eye-catching and perfect for fall. Tuck a pot into the ground at least six weeks before frost, add extra mulch once the ground freezes, and you’ll be rewarded with early spring pansies. Cool Wave pansies handle temperatures as low as -13 degrees F. They’ll look frozen solid during winter, and leaves and stems may turn brown, but watch what happens when spring peeks 'round the corner. Of course, plants in pots won’t survive freezing temperatures.

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