Try a New Fall Favorite Use marigolds as you would mums for great autumn color. They're ideal in pots or in the ground. African Marigolds (Tagetes erecta) grow tall and are known for their huge, round blooms in orange, yellow, or cream. Try the Discovery or Antigua series. French Marigolds (T. patula) grow up to 12 inches tall and come in more color combos. Try the Bonanza and Bounty series. Hybrid Marigolds created by crossing French and African marigolds (T. patula x erecta) yield large, long-blooming color and need no deadheading. Try the Sunburst and Zenith series.
Bright Porch Container Recipe
'Bonanza Harmony' French marigold
- Angelina' sedum
Vibrant Fall ColorsCombine the season's hottest hues in a vibrant mix of 'Snapshot Orange' snapdragons, 'Purple Pixie' loropetalum, and bright 'Penny Clear Yellow' violas. Tuck in the showy foliage of 'Sparkling Burgundy' heuchera to complete the look.
Vibrant Seasonal PotThis explosive combo combines seasonal favorites like eye-catching purple fountain grass, ‘Fireworks’ gomphrena, and ‘Bandana Red’ lantanas for colorful blooms. Add sweet potato vines for an extra pop at the bottom. This pot will last until your first frost.
Cheery ChrysanthemumsNothing ushers in autumn like mums. Slip them between the coleus from your summer pots for a big show of color.
Fiery Ornamental PlumesPurple fountain grass looks great in containers. Its vertical shape creates an exclamation point in the border. Purplish red leaves and fall plumes combine well with the red coleus below. This grass and the coleus are not winter hardy in most areas, but new plants bought in spring are inexpensive and grow quickly.