8 Creative Fall Planter & Container Garden Ideas

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Harvesting inspiration! Elevate your outdoor spaces with these fall planter ideas.

It’s officially time for fall lovers to rejoice! As the temperatures start to cool and plants begin to transform into vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows, incorporating these warm tones into your outdoor decor is easy and can create a cozy atmosphere. And while things may seem to be calming down in the garden, fall is actually an amazing time to plant new perennials and get creative with seasonal outdoor planters.

Here, we’ll show you some creative ways to add fiery autumn hues to planters or containers.

white pumpkins around black fall planter
Planter Credit: Garden Answer

Yellow Creeping Jenny, My Monet® Weigela, Lamium, Weeping Sedge, Ornamental Cabbage

This fall planter is modern and minimalistic, using a few perennial classics as the base and pairing it with annual ornamentals! After you have finished potting, add a small gourd to the fall aesthetic and place it in a sunny area to enjoy all season long.

Light: Full sun (> 6 hours) to part sun (4-6 hours).

Recreate this container: Yellow Creeping Jenny, My Monet® Weigela

Berry box red berries in a fall planter

Berry Box™ Pyracomeles

Are you a gardener searching for a gorgeous fall planter that is also heat-tolerant? The vivid red berries from Berry Box™ are reminiscent of a cool and crisp autumn day and are a great fall container option for gardeners in zones 7-9.

Light: Full sun (6+ hours) to part sun (4-6 hours).

Recreate this container: Berry Box™ Pyracomeles

Salix Black Cat Fall Planter

Pussywillow Branches, Dogwood Branches, Hydrangea Cuttings

Pussywillow branches and dogwood provide many fall planter options by adding fuzzy dark seedpods and tall branches that can stand tall above other fall perennials. Instead of planting, try adding to a cut flower arrangement in your outdoor planter along with other brown and neutral tones.

Light: Full sun (6+ hours sun) is best for most flowers and the best color.

Recreate this container: Arctic Sun® Dogwood,  Black Cat® Pussywillow, Incrediball® Smooth Hydrangea

Outdoor patio in a fall garden

'June' Hosta, Primo® 'Mahogany Monster' Coral Bells, Shadowland® 'Autumn Frost' Hosta, Fun and Games® 'Eye Spy' Foamy Bells

Adorned with rich autumnal hues, this arrangement features hosta heart-shaped leaves mingling with the vibrant foliage of coral bells. This fall-themed planter also brings a warm burgundy, gold, and green tapestry to liven up your outdoor patio!

Light: Shade (<4 hours) through part-sun (4-6 hours).

Recreate this container: Shadowland® ‘Autumn Frost’ Hosta, ‘June’ Hosta, Fun and Games® ‘Eye Spy’ Foamy BellsPrimo® ‘Mahogany Monster’ Coral Bells

Fall arborvitae trees on front porch with harvest decorations

Sting™ Arborvitae

Have young arborvitae plants? Add them to containers to make a fall display on your front porch! Then, place some fall décor around the arborvitae to bring the golden hues to your doorstep. The best part? You can easily transition the decorations for the Christmas holiday without having to move your trees.

Light: Part-sun (4-6 hours sun), full sun (6+ hours) to grow more rapidly.

Recreate this container: Sting™ Arborvitae

Hosta, ferns, and coral bells in a fall planter

Shadowland® 'Waterslide' Hosta, 'Brilliance' Autumn Fern & Dolce® 'Toffee Tart' Coral Bells

This mixed perennial container for fall is a shade gardener’s dream! The hosta, fern, and coral bells display gorgeous color in the spring and summer, while rich autumn-like hues take center stage throughout fall.

Light: Shade (<4 hours sun) to part-sun (4-6 hours sun).

Recreate this container: Dolce® ‘Toffee Tart’ Coral Bells, Shadowland® ‘Waterslide’ Hosta, ‘Brilliance’ Autumn Fern

Legend of the Small™ Bottlebrush

If you want a planter that embodies the fiery hues of fall, look no further than Legend of the Small™ Bottlebrush (Fothergilla x intermedia) from Proven Winners ColorChoice Shrubs. Add this native plant to a container in a shady area on your porch, and watch as fragrant white blooms transition to outstanding fall color.

Light: Full sun (6+ hours) to part sun (4-6 hours).

Recreate this container: Legend of the Small™ Bottlebrush

Fall container plant featuring ferns, coral bells, and Angelina stonecrop

Ghost Fern, Yellow Creeping Jenny, 'Dressed Up Evening Gown' Coral Bells

Are you looking for more fall containers for the shade? This container features several shade-loving plants that transition well into autumn’s cooler temperatures while showcasing deep, cool-toned purple and green hues.

Light: Shade (<4 hours sun) to part-sun (4-6 hours sun).

Shop this container: ‘Ghost’ Fern, Yellow Creeping Jenny, Dressed Up™ ‘Evening Gown’ Coral Bells

Written by: Lindsey Griffith, click here to read bio.

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