Autumn Container Garden: Feathery Fall Fireworks

cuphea, coleus, pine saplings and atremesia autumn container planting recipe - feathery fall fireworks from www.pithandvigor.com

Texture features large in this loosely planted arrangement that I am dubbing ‘Feathery Fall Fireworks’.  Once again, I hope this inspires you beyond the typical container garden planting of mums for this fall season.

My personal preference for container gardens is for plants that aren’t quite so dense and allow for a little bit of movement.  I started with the Cuphea vermillionaire – this tough as nails plant was still alive, blooming, and quite pretty despite the last many weeks of dry baking weather here in New England (it is very drought tolerant!). I transplanted it to my container and started building around its open wild habit.   I suspect that had it not been so parched through August it would have been fuller and thicker – thankfully I prefer it this way.

cuphea, coleus, pine saplings and atremesia autumn container planting recipe - feathery fall fireworks from www.pithandvigor.com

To compliment the orange tubular flowers (Commonly called firecracker plant, the flowers look like those little black cat firecrackers that just spark and loudly explode), and help them stand out I added in Coleus ‘Sedona‘ whose deep orange-red foliage is very similar to the cuphea.  Artemisia ‘Silver Mound’  drapes over the base and I also harvested a couple of pine saplings from the woods behind my house to further build on the theme of feathery soft open foliage.

I encourage you to gather materials from your landscape to add to your container – it will always help it to look more natural in your garden.

The only thing I think I would change is in the photo styling… a pretty orange pumpkin would have been a great addition sitting at the base of the container don’t you think?

This container was purchased from Napa Home and Garden many years ago.  It is metal (not terrazzo) and quite lightweight, but it has stood the test of time!

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Plant List for Autumn Container Garden: 

Cuphea hybrid -Vermillionaire® (Large Firecracker Plant) 

Solenostemon scutellarioides – Coleus ColorBlaze® ‘Sedona’ 

Artemisia ‘Silver Mound’

Pine Tree Sapling (var. unknown) from the woods at the end of the garden.

images by rochelle greayer

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Proven Winners. I am not an employee of Proven Winners and all opinions are my own.

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About Rochelle Greayer

Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.

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