Fall Container Planting Tips


Creating a container garden is as varied as the individuals making them. However, the fall offers some limits in terms of plant material so one needs to dig a bit deeper in the originality sack. Not to worry, the natural world offers plenty of goodies that can be included in a planting design. 

"Building your container can use cardinal rules of filler, spiller, thriller, but I would suggest branching out a bit and experimenting with placements after all, the fall containers are only working for a couple of months before they are replaced with holiday." explains Heather Jones, Esbenshade's Container Design Department manager.

"To make your fall containers more unique, add foraged lovelies from your neck of the woods. Branches, mullein stalks, seed heads, seed pods, cattails will truly reflect your surroundings and add some natural beauty from the changing season."


Certainly, there are tried and true ingredients for a fall planter such as:

  • Mums
  • Ornamental Cabbage and Kale
  • Ornamental Grasses
  • Ornamental Peppers

These will create a fall look for sure yet there are so many other wonderful options to consider, such as herbs including:

  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Mints
  • Thymes
  • Curry


Many cold tolerant annuals add color and interest, including:

  • Celosia
  • Salvias
  • Amaranthus
  • Pansies
  • Violas
  • Dianthus
  • Wire vine


Add perennials such as:

  • Grasses
  • Asters
  • Coreopsis
  • Lobelia
  • Heuchera
  • Japanese Anemone
  • Autumn fern
  • Ivies


For more information or questions regarding custom planters, please give us a call at 717-626-7007 to reach our Container Design Department.