These Simple Fall Container Garden Ideas Really Got Us Going

Looking for some inspiration to spruce up your fall garden? Explore these ten stunning fall container garden ideas.

From colorful foliage to pretty perennials, these fall container gardens offer a variety of textures and hues that will add interest and depth to your outdoor space.

1. Bike Bouquet Bliss

Repurposing old bicycles for garden decor has never been this captivating.

The innovative design not only offers a unique aesthetic but also promotes better air circulation for plants and provides protection from common pests.

At the heart of your bike bouquet, Chrysanthemums can shine with their yellow and deep orange hues, capturing the essence of a cozy fall afternoon.

A vintage bicycle adorned with vibrant orange and yellow chrysanthemums in wicker baskets and pots with two pumpkins sitting nearby

For added texture and contrast, incorporate some feathery foilage of your choice and decorative grasses.

Complete your fall-inspired display by strategically placing pumpkins around the bicycle. Their earthy tones should complement the blooms and reinforce the rustic ambiance.

2. Hanging Harmony

If you’re short on space but still want to add some autumnal charm to your garden, consider hanging baskets.

They're perfect for small spaces, balconies, or adding vertical interest to your garden.

Use a combination of pansies, mums, and marigolds in shades of orange, yellow, and red with a hint of purple to create a warm and inviting basket.

Fall-hued plants in a hanging basket

If you're in an area with only mild winters, you can opt to add Lantana to your garden or hanging baskets.

This plant offers a burst of vibrant color, with its clusters of tiny flowers ranging from yellow, orange, and red, to purple, and even multi-colored varieties.

Don’t forget to pay attention to the overall design, ensuring your hanging harmony has visual appeal and a sense of balance.

For more ideas on what to include in your hanging baskets, check out this article on different items you can use in hanging baskets besides flowers.

3. Festive Foliage Wreath

Creating a festive foliage wreath is a fantastic way to welcome the autumn season right at your doorstep.

This living wreath, filled with a medley of autumnal hues and textures, is visually appealing and a fun, hands-on project.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on making your lush festive foliage wreath:

  1. Begin your wreath-making journey by investing in a sturdy wreath and a reusable liner for your door every season.
  2. To assemble your wreath, position the jute liner with the plastic side facing upward within the wreath form.
  3. Fill the liner partially with potting soil, ensuring there’s ample space to accommodate your chosen plants.
  4. Complete the setup by overlaying the second jute piece and securing the wireframe in place.
  5. Snip holes in the liner to accommodate your plants, providing the foundation for your wreath’s botanical tapestry
  6. Mix plants like flowering kale, orange and yellow mums, Delta Premium Persian Medley pansies, Goldenrods, ferns, and pinecones for a vivid autumn display.
  7. Carefully insert your chosen plants through the holes in the liner, ensuring they are securely placed within the soil.

Autumn purple heather wreath decorating front door

For longevity, opt for smaller flowers and foliage as they are easier to plant and will grow into the wreath, providing a lush appearance throughout the season.

To water your wreath, lay it flat on the ground, allowing for thorough watering and proper drainage before rehanging it.

4. Farmhouse-Style Wooden Planter

You can capture the essence of autumn right on your porch with farmhouse-style wooden planters filled with a selection of fall-friendly flora.

Utilize the tall stature of ornamental grasses like Northwind switchgrass to bring a balanced proportion to large wooden planters, creating an eye-catching vertical element.

Farmhouse-style wooden planter placed in the porch

Accompanying the switchgrass, consider adding the rich gold and orange,of Chrysanthemum and Asparagus Fern which epitomize the warm hues of the season.

For a touch of vibrant color and unique texture, Heuchera can be a fantastic addition.

5. Captivating Centerpiece

Creating a captivating centerpiece is an exquisite way to celebrate the fall season and bring a lively, festive atmosphere to your outdoor dining space.

Choosing a long wooden or ceramic bowl as the vessel for this piece lends a rustic charm to the entire setup.

It’s a good idea to line the bowl with plastic to protect it before starting the arrangement.

A gorgeous centerpiece planter filled with vibrant plants

Next, place Pansies, Coral Bells, Red Giant mustard, and ornamental kale and cabbage directly in the bowl while keeping them in their original plastic containers.

You can also add different greens like Ogon sedum, creeping Jenny, and Lemon Ball to give it a nice contrast.

As a finishing touch—add white mini pumpkins to give a touch of fall to the arrangement and fill any remaining gaps.

If you’re worried about the empty spaces, you can use moss to incorporate a fuller appearance.

6. Pumpkin Succu-Sanctuary

Hollowed-out pumpkins can serve as natural containers, adding a festive touch to your garden during the fall season.

Instead of traditional fall blooms, consider using succulents that thrive in the fall weather, such as Sempervivum, Echeveria, or Sedum varieties.

Miniature pumpkins decorated with succulents and cactus plants on metal grating surface

Their unique shapes and colors can create a vibrant display.

Pair them with foliage plants like ornamental cabbage and kale for an appealing contrast, or even add trailing succulents like String of Pearls for added texture and interest.

You can also experiment with different sizes of pumpkins or add other decorative elements like gourds and miniature pumpkins to complete your Pumpkin SuccuSanctuary.

For more pumpkin garden inspirations, explore these creative pumpkin garden ideas.

7. PaneScape Garden

A PaneScape Garden is an excellent choice for growing herbs, flowers, and small vegetables by the windowsill.

This type of container provides a burst of color to your windows during the fall season, perfect for those who wish to enhance the beauty of the outdoors right at their windowsill.

Wall exterior siding house architecture sidewalk and multicolored yellow flowers and mini pumpkins in planter as decorations

Many fall flowers and plants can be added to your window planter for a breathtaking display.

You can opt for vibrant blooms like Marigold and hardy foliage plants such as ornamental kale and mini pumpkins, as these plants can tolerate cooler temperatures.

8. Wall Wonderland

Who said container gardens have to be on the ground? Embrace the fall season by bringing a touch of green to your walls.

Wall planters are an excellent choice for those with limited space or for anyone looking to add a touch of nature to their vertical areas.

wall planter with autumn colored heather attached to the wall of the wooden paneling of the mountain hut

They are versatile enough to be hung outdoors or indoors, making them a perfect addition to almost any home.

For a lively fall display, opt for plants like Heather, Chrysanthemums, and Ornamental Kale to add a burst of color and texture to your wall garden.

Create visual interest and depth by mixing various foliage textures like sword-shaped croton leaves and frilly ferns.

If you love the burst of colors in fall, you might also love these fall-blooming shrubs that can further brighten your garden.

9. Rail Reverie

Imagine transforming your balcony into a lively and enchanting garden with fall-themed container plants.

Rail planters are an excellent choice for space optimization while still allowing you to enjoy the beauty of a container garden.

They fit perfectly over your railings, creating a stunning display that combines practicality with style.

Vibrant fall-themed rail planter filled with a mix of colorful flowers, including deep red, orange, and yellow chrysanthemums, cascading red flowers, silvery-gray foliage of Dusty Miller, and a small decorative pumpkin

Perk up your balcony with captivating combinations of Million Bells and vibrant Marigolds.

Add in the delicate vines with tiny red flowers for a touch of whimsy, and round off the ensemble with the silvery foliage of Dichondra argentea.

Topping off this vibrant collection, scatter a few mini pumpkins for that quintessential fall touch.

With the vivid color palette of Million Bells and Marigolds, your railing planter is bound to capture attention and brighten your outdoor oasis throughout the fall season.

If you’re intrigued by space-saving and efficient gardening, learn more about vertical farming and its myriad benefits to further elevate your horticultural endeavors.

10. Urn Planter Charm

Urn planters make for an excellent choice for fall container gardens.

Their wide variety of shapes and sizes allows you to create a truly unique garden display.

chrysanthemums, mexican bush sage, pumpkins, and ornamental grass on a beautiful large blue ceramic planter

Choose containers in colors like blue or gray, then fill them with pale fall flowers such as Chrysanthemums, Asters, and Marigolds.

You can also add herbs such as Meximan Bush Sage or a Perennial Sage to add depth. Don’t forget to mix in some grasses and foliage for added texture and visual interest!

When arranging your containers, consider the overall visual impact you’d like to create—group containers of varying heights and shapes to provide depth and interest.

For an extra touch of whimsy, consider adding small decorative elements like miniature pumpkins or gourds to enhance the fall theme further. 

Final Thoughts

You now have ten breathtaking fall container garden ideas to inspire you.

From the classic hanging planters and wooden boxes to the unique hollowed-out pumpkins and old bicycle containers—there's no limit to what you can create.

Remember to consider the size and shape of your container, the colors and textures of your plants, and the overall aesthetic you want to achieve.

Don’t be afraid to mix and match different types of plants and experiment with different heights and arrangements.

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