I was going to title this post: Before and After, but that could apply to so many things couldn’t it?
The containers that sit at the front of my house are always a garden challenge. In summer, oak trees are leafed out so that one container is in nearly full shade while another suffers from a lot of afternoon sun. Add to this that we put in drip irrigation. The garage kitties love to run behind the containers, and they used to knock out the drip line. Well, we didn’t notice for a couple of very hot days, and I bet you can tell which one nearly died of unhappiness.
Here are the plants I bought to rehab my containers for fall. The bale of hay in the photo above will have pumpkins and perhaps a scarecrow sitting on it in a couple of weeks after I get back from the GWA Symposium in Tucson.
I’ll move the grass into the garden after a freeze. I hope it has time to get taller and bloom. Some of these plants, like the peppers and crotons, are warm weather tropical/annuals, but we still have lots of warm weather left. We don’t usually get a freeze until November, and frost doesn’t show on the pumpkins until late October. I’ll move out some things after a freeze and do winter pots.
Here are the containers after I finished. What do you think? I used the variegated ivy already in the summer pots as something to flow over the side. There was also a purple, pink, green and white ajuga in the container which worked nicely with the heucheras (coral bells.) I swept off the sidewalk–a lot of work because rain makes it muddy. I live on the side of a hill, and the rain comes flowing down.
So, I put the grass in back as it will get tall, the large croton in the middle and the coral bells on the right side of one pot and the left side of the other. The peppers went in front along with the other plants. One thing to remember . . . plant the containers as mirror images of each other since they are on either side of the front door. I always have the best luck with my fall plants. Perhaps, it is because I like fall so much.
I’ve shown you mine. Now, I’d love to see what you’re doing with your fall decorations. You can either upload a photo in your comments or write about it on facebook or on your own blog. Have a great rest of your week everyone!