How to Make Gorgeous Fall Combo Pots

Looking for fall pots? Wallace’s Garden Center has you covered! We have plenty of pre-designed fall planters that are ready for you to take home and lots of festive pots and colorful fall plants for you to make your own custom creations.

 

In fall, the deciduous trees and shrubs around our properties look absolutely spectacular, but most of our garden flowers have faded away. To ensure your yard isn’t lacking curb appeal while the colorful trees and shrubs get all the attention, add some pretty combo pots around your garden and porch! They’re so much fun to make, and there are plenty of beautiful plants that thrive in cool fall weather.

 

Follow Our Expert Tips and Creative Ideas for Fall Combo Pots

An easy way to create a gorgeous custom combo pot is by following the classic formula: thrill, fill, and spill. Thrillers are tall, showy plants, fillers are thick and mounded, and spillers trail downward, creating a balanced shape with plenty of texture and contrast.

 

Wallace's Garden Center-How to Make Gorgeous Fall Combo Pots-assorted autumn gourdsYou can get extra creative with festive add-ons and embellishments for your fall pots. Here are a few ways to give your pots some autumn flair:

 

-Use small pumpkins, ornamental gourds, and Indian corn as fillers.

-Add some faux silk fall foliage branches into the mix. 

-Try a modern minimalist look with all-white flowers and white and green ornamental gourds.

-Incorporate Halloween decorations, like a pair of witch legs wearing striped stockings and black boots sticking out from the pot.

-Opt for rustic pots and containers made from wood, aged metal, or stone.

-Add culinary herbs like rosemary and thyme, so you can add them to all sorts of tasty holiday dishes.

 

A great thing about seasonal combo pots is that they’re temporary, so there’s always lots of room to experiment and try new looks! You can also find pre-assembled fall pots with fun, festive flourishes if you aren’t as confident in your DIY skills.

 

Our Favorite Plants for Fall Combo Pots

These late-season stunners love the cool fall weather. Mix and match different varieties to create your own gorgeous combo pots for the garden and porch. 

 

Wallace's Garden Center-How to Make Gorgeous Fall Combo Pots-zinniaZinnias

These lush, upright blooms can function as thrillers or fillers, depending on where you plant them in the pot and what you plant alongside them. Their candy-colored pompom flower heads are so whimsical and fun! Zinnias are very sensitive to being transplanted, so be very gentle when adding them into mixed arrangements. 

 

Wallace's Garden Center-How to Make Gorgeous Fall Combo Pots-mini sunflowerDwarf Sunflowers

Golden sunflowers are just so cheerful! That warm, radiant color complements the fall scenery perfectly, and their upright growth habit makes them an ideal thriller plant. Opt for dwarf varieties so they’ll fit comfortably in the pot with other shorter plants. 

 

Wallace's Garden Center-How to Make Gorgeous Fall Combo Pots-ornamental kaleCabbages and Kale

Ornamental cabbages and kale have the most beautiful jewel-toned shades of purple and teal throughout their ruffled leaves! Their compact shape and thick, lush foliage make them fantastic filler plants to surround taller, wispier plants.  

 

Ornamental Peppers

Spice things up with ornamental peppers! Their tapered fruits come in all sorts of ultra-vibrant crayon box colors, bringing a double dose of attitude and personality. Planting them at an angle will help bring width and volume to your fall pot. 

 

Chrysanthemums

With a perfectly spherical, mounded shape, chrysanthemums make a terrific filler for mixed arrangements. We also loved mixed mum arrangements, where several different colors are planted together, but that perfectly uniform shape remains. 

 

Lamium

The silvery variegated leaves of this trailing plant make it a gorgeous spiller for fall combo pots. The icy color looks particularly striking when paired with purple flowers and cool-toned foliage plants. 

 

Wallace's Garden Center-How to Make Gorgeous Fall Combo Pots--purple ornamental grassPurple Fountain Grass

The quintessential fall thriller plant, purple fountain grass has such beautiful feathery plumes and sleek blades of foliage. We love the way it dances in the breeze!

Looking for fall pots in Iowa? Wallace’s Garden Center has you covered! We have plenty of pre-designed fall planters that are ready for you to take home and lots of festive pots and colorful fall plants for you to make your own custom creations. Visit us soon to see what’s new for September.

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