Autumn Garden Ideas

From September, autumn is a season conducive to the realization of flowering planters with warm colors, even flamboyant. You will have plenty of time to enjoy it before the cold weather, or even winter, simply replacing one or two plants by others.

This practical sheet explains step by step how to compose an autumn planter to illuminate your balcony or terrace.

1. Choose seasonal plants

The secret of a long autumnal planter is to provide a frame of persistent perennial plants that will remain beautiful all winter and complete with flowering plants in autumn.

It will be even better if you vary the heights and the ports of the plants, by associating erected plants, bushy plants, and drooping plants.

Choose some plants that will stay beautiful all winter long

  • Plants with persistent green foliage: small round boxwood, euphorbia, thyme, rosemary …
  • The Plants with persistent silver-gray foliage: sagebrush ‘Powis Castle,’ bear ear, Santolina …
  • Plants with golden, red or evergreen foliage: some heuchera (‘Caramel’, ‘Palace Purple’), purple pittosporum, purple creeping bugle …
  • Grasses: blue fescues, green sedges or bronze …
  • Dwarf conifers, for their upright habit.
  • Falling ivy, variegated or not.

Choose flowering plants in autumn

  • Pink, purple, purple or copper chrysanthemums.
  • Asters dwarf roses, purple or violet.
  • Winter Heather (Erica) pink, violet, purple, or white.
  • Cyclamens bright pink, pale pink or white.
  • Thoughts of various colors.

Note: also think of Gaulthéria or pernettya, with red or pink berries as sweets, superb in autumn.

2. Prepare the substrate of the planter

  • Place a draining layer at the bottom of the planter, which is essential for the excellent health of your plants: lay on at least 3 cm of clay balls, pebbles or sherds of old terracotta pots.
  • Fill the planter with about two-thirds of the soil of excellent quality(horticultural compost or potting soil).

3. Plant your planter

  • Start by doing an art said disposal plants: place them in the garden, still in their bucket, and group them in the way that seems most harmonious.
  • Memorize the layout.
  • Take a plant still in its bucket and place it in the planter at its final location. Rotate the bucket on itself to dig a hole in the substrate.
  • Repeat the same operation with each bucket.
  • Carefully remove each plant from its bucket; if necessary, untangle the roots a little and place them in the hole prepared for them.
  • Fill the planter with potting soil, packing well around each plant.
  • Water copiously.

Examples of the composition of autumn planters

Here are two examples of autumn planters, to deal with plants that are easy to find in garden centers or florists.

Note: in these 2 examples, the number of feet is calculated for planters of 50 cm.

Example #1

Here is a gardener with typical autumn tones.

You will realize it with:

  • a blond grass ( Stipa tenuifolia );
  • a heuchera ‘Caramel’;
  • two chrysanthemums with autumn colors, for example, copper and a dark red;
  • three feet of yellow thoughts;
  • a small ivy drooping.

See according to the size of your plants how to best place them in the planter. Our suggestion:

  • The Stipa in the background, slightly off center to the right about the middle of the planter.
  • A chrysanthemum on his right, with ivy in front.
  • To the left of the Stipa: the heuchère then the other chrysanthemum.
  • Before the Stipa, thoughts.

Note: in the middle of winter, you can replace chrysanthemums with hellebores (Christmas roses) or heather and continue to enjoy your planter.

Example 2

Here is a rose-dominated planter, more unexpected in autumn. It offers the advantage of staying in bloom all winter long.

You will realize it with:

  • a sedge green (grass) evergreen;
  • two pink heathers and a white one;
  • three pale pink mini-cyclamens;
  • an ivy falling variegated.

See according to the size of your plants how to best place them in the planter. Our suggestion:

  • The sedge in the background, slightly off center to the left about the middle of the planter.
  • The white heather on the left of the sedge.
  • Both feet of pink heather on the right.
  • Ivy in the foreground, slightly off center to the right about the middle of the planter.
  • Small cyclamen, occupying the remaining space, in front of the sedge.

Note: cyclamen and heather will remain in bloom all winter. Once the chrysanthemum is deflowered, you can replace it for example by two feet of hellebores, which bloom in winter.

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