23 Cozy Fall Container Garden Ideas

Cooler temps are on the way. Start planning your autumn garden now with our favorite cool-weather combos.

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August 17, 2017

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Sweet + Simple

Mounds of purple pansies and trailing English ivy add a lovely touch of autumn color to this rustic wood window box.

Take a Seat

An antique white chair provides a stunning backdrop for a swoon-worthy vignette of cream-colored pumpkins and mums.

Make an Entrance

Brighten up your shady front porch with high-gloss black planters filled with tall evergreens, trailing ivy and fuschia calibrachoa.

50 Degrees or Above

This moody floral combo shows off a mix of begonia, sweet potato vine, wishbone flower and coleus — a summer to early fall stunner that thrives in temps above 50 degrees farenheit.

Darling Dahlias

Nothing says 'fall' quite like containers filled with eye-catching peach dahlias.

Farmhouse Style, Fast

Give your container garden or front entrance a quick, inexpensive farmhouse-inspired makeover by nestling plain flower containers into upcycled wood crates.

Full Sun, Fall Hues

This warm-hued container is overflowing with Timeless-Fire geranium, ColorBlaze Kingswood Torch coleus and Superbells Dreamsicle calibrachoa — sun-worshipping blooms that will last until first frost.

Fall Favorites

A pretty evergreen shrub shares center stage with cabbage, kale, pansies, dusty miller and coral bells in this simple yet gorgeous fall urn.

Garden Accessories

As summer is winding down and garden pots are vacated, stack them up and use them as sculptural accessories. They can be strikingly beautiful, even empty. You could tuck a pinecone, mini pumpkin or gourd inside as well. Get more fall porch decorating ideas >>

Window Box Stars

Nothing ups the fall curb appeal quite like window boxes filled with lush, colorful blooms. Fixer Upper's Joanna Gaines filled this client's planter with soft-hued fall favorites like dusty miller, ornamental kale, cabbage, pansies and English ivy.

Mod Thrillers

If you prefer the modern look, go all out with tall, dramatic grasses and trailing fall foliage displayed in sculptural metal containers.

Until First Frost

Many popular summer blooms can pull double duty in fall containers. This gorgeous hanging bakset, filled with dichondra 'Silver Falls,' 'Blue A Fuse' petunias and 'Breathless White' Euphorbia, will stay full and pretty until first frost.

Pumpkin Planters

Gray heirloom pumpkins, hollowed out to make room for a cornucopia of colorful succulents, can last weeks or even over a month in cooler outdoor temps. When your gourd starts to rot, however, simply transfer succulents inside where they'll thrive until spring.

First Impressions

You can't go wrong with classic white and green blooms artfully arranged in high-end lattice-work planters. Pro tip: if your shady front porch isn't flower-friendly, pair low-maintenance shade plants like evergreen shrubs and English ivy with a handful of faux blooms that will stay gorgeous all season long.

Cottage Charmer

Bursting with sage, million bells and dainty wire vine, this sweet window box lends a welcoming feel to a bucolic exterior.

DIY Design

Up your fall curb appeal with a DIY house number planter painted a fashion-forward cranberry hue and filled with vibrant autumn blooms. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Autumn Drama

Add a touch of dramatic flair to your fall containers by arranging low-lying blooms around tall focal point plants like this Vertigo purple fountain grass.


Craft a gorgeous fall topiary that will last all season long, zero maintenance required. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Pumpkin Patch Charmer

Bring the charm of hayfields and pumpkin patches home by filling your front porch containers with gold Marguerite daisy, Superbells Yellow Chiffon calibrachoa, Dolce 'Blackberry Ice' coral bells and creeping wire vine.

Cold Shoulder

Keep your garden blooming well into late fall with a hanging basket filled with cold-weather stunners such as cineraria, winter-flowering violas and several types of evergreens.

Cozy Container

Give your front porch a shot of farmhouse style by filling rustic wicker baskets with sweet seasonal blooms.

Simply Stunning

Sometimes a single bloom can make a huge statement, like the lush white and purple pansies in this colorful window display.

Beautiful Boxwood

Visually stunning and easy to maintain, a clipped boxwood topiary and fluffy lime green sedum make for a perfect pair in any container garden.

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