Bright grasses and colorful leaves bring seasonal splash to your porch or patio.
Instant autumn garden
Start with the plants, then pick your containers that will extend the color theme.
Cluster containers of different shapes and sizes in threes or plant a single pot with three kinds of plants, for the best-looking displays.
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This theme: Wine punch
Pops of icy blue in cooling contrast with warm combos of bright pinks and deep purples.
Falling for cocoa
The theme: Deep bronze, burgundy, and plum shades along with leaves that turn reddish throughout the season creating an autumn experience right on your porch.
The theme: Orange-striped blades of grass, apricot-tinged leaves with purple undersides, and matching gold containers.
Shades of green
Soft textures and bright chartreuse tones light up bronze-colored 17-inch-wide containers.
Maximizing fall colors
A rustic vignette
Lime and chocolate
Billowy burgundy Agonis, trailing lime-colored Grevillea, and curly plum heuchera in egg-shaped pots create a rustic vignette against a weathered wooden garage.
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Touch of bronze
Bronze and chartreuse foliage mingle in a 16-inch rose-blushed celadon pot.
Cotoneaster fringes shapely cedar
Smoke and berries
Bright cotoneaster berries fringe a shapely Atlas cedar in pitted burnt-orange pots. (Large is 18 inches wide; small is 16 inches wide.)
Black mondo grass edges upright coprosma in a pale gold bowl that's 23 inches wide.
If you like the ideas here, be sure to check out 48 more container garden plans. Before you get started, find out which plants grow best in your climate zone. And if you don't know which climate zone you live in, you can find your zone here.