Yes, it’s getting cooler outside, but it’s not time to abandon your patio,
porch, or yard just yet. As you begin decorating for the fall holidays, include
pretty planters in your outdoor spaces too.
Raili Nieznanski with Estrada Farms shares some inspiration for creating rich,
colorful, and fun fall pots.
Fall is a great time to get out and work in your yard and garden. Nights are
cooler, so don’t be surprised if your perennials and your annuals send out
new blooms and look even better than they did a month ago. And the
holidays are coming! Our homes, including our front porches, glow with the
warmth of festive décor. Don’t give up on your planters and pots; they can
be part of the fun too.
Inspiration for fun fall pots can come from many places, but here are four
ideas to help get you thinking.
THE HARVEST POT
Fall is the time of the harvest. Tomatoes, peppers, corn, grain, cabbage,
apples…just think of all the delicious colors and shapes. Create a planter
that invokes the feeling of a harvest basket overflowing with the bounty of
the earth. Select ornamental versions of the plants we eat, and look for other
shapes and colors that add to the rich textures and feelings of harvest time.
Fall pots often include perennials, as well as annuals. Consider using an
actual basket to complete the look.
Flowering kale and cabbage
Ornamental grass, such as Oat Grass
Petunia (deep purple or deep pink)
Think about the quintessential haunted mansion. High Victorian architecture
and details crumbling with age, covered with dust and moss. The colors will
be cool and subdued. Texture and shape will be important. You want it to
be a little spooky and mysterious. The pot will be more important in this
look. Start with a strong urn shape, perhaps distressed or moss covered.
Add architectural elements such as topiary frames or finials. Now add some
plants. This look will be more formal, balanced, symmetrical, stately like an
old mansion….just a creepy haunted one.
Purple dracaena or fountain grass
Now for some fun…let’s make a pot that embraces all that is fun and
youthful about Halloween. The color scheme is pretty standard; purple,
orange, chartreuse, yellow, and black. If you can find a container that looks
like a jack-o-lantern or witch hat…all the better. Perhaps even leave room in
your arrangement for some pumpkins and yard ornaments. Try these plants
for a whimsical Halloween look:
Purple dracaena or fountain grass
Orange and yellow mums
Chartreuse sweet potato vine or Creeping Jenny
And if you can find them…true black pansies and petunias
When planting a pot for fall, it makes sense to consider longevity. “How long
is this going to last?” That’s why so many fall planters include perennials. If
you take this idea to its logical conclusion, you realize that evergreens are a
great choice for fall pots. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and
colors. They are slow growers, so they can stay in the pot for 2 or 3 years
before needing to be repotted or planted in the yard. And they will look
good all year round, including in the middle of snowy January and February.
Consider adding evergreens in with your annuals and perennials, or let them
be the star in an arrangement just for them.
Estrada Farms is a retail nursery and garden shop catering to the home
gardener and do-it-yourself home landscaper. In addition, we offer special
pricing for landscapers and other commercial projects.
2 Year Tree Guarantee We offer a tree and shrub planting service. If you let
us do the planting, we will guarantee your trees and shrubs for 2 years.
Professional Advice We offer planning and selection advice. We will come to
your home, take photographs, get measurements, and make sketches if
necessary, to help you plan your purchase and know what to put where.
Our unique location in the center of a growing residential area provides us
with unique opportunities and responsibilities. Besides providing a variety of
high-quality plant and gardening products and services to our friends and
neighbors, we want to offer our location as the center for community events
Date Night at Estrada Farms offers a discount to groups of 30 or more and
allows private access either an hour before opening or an hour after closing.
Neighborhood HOA groups, church groups, clubs, and other groups can
from this group discount and private access.
Education We offer classes for adults and children. Our kids’ class follows
Utah State education curriculum and can also be modified to meet the needs
your church or school group.
Party at the Farm Does your family, book club, food club, church group, or
social organization want a unique venue for a meeting or party? Consider
Estrada Farms. What could be better than being surrounded by beautiful lush
plants as your interact and entertain.
Estrada Farms Community Garden allows those living in condos or
the opportunity to garden as a family and enjoy the fresh, home-grown
not usually available to them.