Do you stick that same pot of mums or asters out on the porch every fall? Aren't you tired of it by now? Perhaps it's time for a change. Kerry Michaels, About.com's Guide to Container Gardening, exhorts us to experiment this fall with hardy perennials.
And isn't autumn a fitting season for experimentation, for mixing and matching? After all, it's the harvest season, the season of abundance, when our senses are dazzled by diverse beauty at every turn. It's also the season of Halloween. This quirkiest of celebrations inspires us to experiment with our decor. Pretty much anything goes; about the only thing frowned upon is a lack of creativity.
"Purples and oranges, mixed with bright greens and deep reds can look stunning," Kerry observes. But experiment with color combinations of your own choosing and see what you prefer. Here are just some of the plants Kerry mentions to get you going:
- Sedum (including the 'Chocolate Drop' shown in the photo)
- Lambs ear
- Creeping Jenny
- Hens and Chicks
For more, read Kerry's full article, "8 Tips for Fall and Winter Container Gardening."
Photo ©2012 David Beaulieu (licensed to About, Inc.)