All Posts   Posted:   October 18, 2017 by Jennifer Williams - Lake Oswego store manager

Although most of us Oregonians aren’t ready to let go of summer just yet I urge you to make the switch to fall with your container plantings sooner than later – October is the perfect month to transition your pots so your new plants have a chance to get established before the weather gets too chilly. I know my own pots were looking quite bedraggled after the months of scorching heat we’ve all endured this summer and I was more than happy to start over with the sturdy plants and cozy colors of Autumn. It’s ok, we’ve all been there; planters full of petunias and million bells that are way past their prime and getting overrun by massive potato vines, determined to conquer the world in one season. Take heart, our garden centers are full of container inspiration with our favorite combinations of hardy plants. Check out our curb appeal plantings, also available as grab-n-go drop ins for instant fall magic for some ideas. Here’s some of our staff plant pics to keep your containers going year round, all evergreen and ready to take on mother nature:

Cupressus ‘Golden Pillar’ – A conifer like no other with bright green vertical foliage that smells like lemons and makes your container pop.

Euonymus ‘Green Spire’ –  Dense upright leaves that are a shiny dark green make this choice a classic centerpiece.

Heuchera ‘Forever Purple’ –  I know what you’re thinking, another purple Heuchera, but this is the one that has proven itself to be resilient and tough throughout winter, not to mention it’s the prettiest with huge purple leaves that stand above the rest.

Heuchera ‘Fire Chief’ –  This Heuchera literally glows red in the sun.

Ophiopogon nigrens –  You can’t beat Black Mondo grass as a dramatic accent in any container.

Carex testacea –  Has a finer leaf than Mondo grass and is a charming bronze color, which adds great texture and movement to plantings.

Pansies ‘Panola series’ – Don’t let the name fool you, pansies are the toughest flower out there and the only one that will bloom all winter long, even after being buried in snow! We like the panola series for the profuse flowers with superior sturdiness through all our winter rain. Did I mention they come in every color under the sun 

Violas – A smaller version of the pansy but just as cheery, they make perfect partners.

Tulips & Daffodil bulbs – We always make sure to add some spring blooming Tulip and Daffodil bulbs to our pots because there’s nothing more fun than seeing them pop up in the pots and it’s soooo easy, just plant them beneath your winter plants and presto!

Fall combos are a nice break from the maintenance of summer flowers, I don’t know about you but I need a break from the hose!! For fluffy, full and festive planters all season long follow our container care recipe:

  • Use fresh soil, like Gardner’s Gold, at planting
  • Be generous with organic fertilizer, like Dr. Earth LIFE, to gently feed flowers without leaching nutrients out in the rain
  • Use slug bait regularly, like Sluggo, to keep pesky slugs & snails from munching on your pansies
  • Water when we get windy and/or cold dry weather, especially if your pots are under cover (even eaves)
  • Deadhead pansy & viola flowers regularly to keep plants fresh and plump
  • Watch for aphids in the spring and treat with Insecticidal soap or Neem oil as soon as you spot them

I hope you have as much fun as I do with fall planting!

Although most of us Oregonians aren’t ready to let go of summer just yet I urge you to make the switch to fall with your container plantings sooner than later – October is the perfect month to transition your pots so your new plants have a chance to get established before the weather gets too chilly. I know my own pots were looking quite bedraggled after the months of scorching heat we’ve all endured this summer and I was more than happy to start over with the sturdy plants and cozy colors of Autumn. It’s ok, we’ve all been there; planters full of petunias and million bells that are way past their prime and getting overrun by massive potato vines, determined to conquer the world in one season. Take heart, our garden centers are full of container inspiration with our favorite combinations of hardy plants. Check out our curb appeal plantings, also available as grab-n-go drop ins for instant fall magic for some ideas. Here’s some of our staff plant pics to keep your containers going year round, all evergreen and ready to take on mother nature:

Cupressus ‘Golden Pillar’ – A conifer like no other with bright green vertical foliage that smells like lemons and makes your container pop.

Euonymus ‘Green Spire’ –  Dense upright leaves that are a shiny dark green make this choice a classic centerpiece.

Heuchera ‘Forever Purple’ –  I know what you’re thinking, another purple Heuchera, but this is the one that has proven itself to be resilient and tough throughout winter, not to mention it’s the prettiest with huge purple leaves that stand above the rest.

Heuchera ‘Fire Chief’ –  This Heuchera literally glows red in the sun.

Ophiopogon nigrens –  You can’t beat Black Mondo grass as a dramatic accent in any container.

Carex testacea –  Has a finer leaf than Mondo grass and is a charming bronze color, which adds great texture and movement to plantings.

Pansies ‘Panola series’ – Don’t let the name fool you, pansies are the toughest flower out there and the only one that will bloom all winter long, even after being buried in snow! We like the panola series for the profuse flowers with superior sturdiness through all our winter rain. Did I mention they come in every color under the sun 

Violas – A smaller version of the pansy but just as cheery, they make perfect partners.

Tulips & Daffodil bulbs – We always make sure to add some spring blooming Tulip and Daffodil bulbs to our pots because there’s nothing more fun than seeing them pop up in the pots and it’s soooo easy, just plant them beneath your winter plants and presto!

Fall combos are a nice break from the maintenance of summer flowers, I don’t know about you but I need a break from the hose!! For fluffy, full and festive planters all season long follow our container care recipe:

  • Use fresh soil, like Gardner’s Gold, at planting
  • Be generous with organic fertilizer, like Dr. Earth LIFE, to gently feed flowers without leaching nutrients out in the rain
  • Use slug bait regularly, like Sluggo, to keep pesky slugs & snails from munching on your pansies
  • Water when we get windy and/or cold dry weather, especially if your pots are under cover (even eaves)
  • Deadhead pansy & viola flowers regularly to keep plants fresh and plump
  • Watch for aphids in the spring and treat with Insecticidal soap or Neem oil as soon as you spot them

I hope you have as much fun as I do with fall planting!