Celebrate Fall: Swap Out Your Summer Annuals
My landscape design plans include containers planted as seasonal arrangements. It’s a way to include a pop of color. I often use them to draw the eye to the front door. And it’s easy and fun to do.
1. Choice Your Color Palette
My daughter’s house is a dark blue. Dark green shrubs are behind the containers on one side and grey steps behind the other. For maximum contrast, visibility, and a cheery welcome we choice the complementary color of orange. Note: it’s opposite to blue on the color wheel. We picked the ‘pastel’, coral, and its adjacent color yellow. We also knew we could use white or a touch blue on the edges.
Also, it’s helpful to measure your containers and know if they are in sun or shade.
2. Guided by Your Palette: Pick Plants You Love
The bright yellow and green grass ‘Golden Variegated Sweet Flag’ (Ogon) caught our eye first. Then we spied the coral petunias, ‘Supertunia Persimmon’. Looking for a third plant, we meandered until we were drawn to the yellow mums, probably ‘Moonglow’.
3. Arrange Them on the Shopping Cart so You Know They Work
Using the cart we assembled the plants we liked together. It’s important to do it the same way we would plant them. Notice a triad of 3 grasses and 3 petunias. We tried an ornamental kale and a yellow mum. The kale was okay, but the mum was vibrant and make the combination a winner.
Plant and Enjoy
My daughter planted the containers and added a cute scarecrow she’d seen on our way to checkout. (Probably spotted by my 5 year old granddaughter.)
The grass, petunia, and the mum are cool season plants so they will last a long time. When the early blooming mum ‘goes by’ and looks tatty, then it can be replaced with mid or late season mum or a medium size pumpkin to celebrate Thanksgiving. The petunias can be replaced with container size small purple kale. The grass could become part of the Winter Arrangement.