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Think Out-of-the-Box for Fall Containers in Warm Climates

While northerners are filling their fall containers with traditional mums and gourds, gardeners in warmer climates are gearing up to begin a whole new gardening season that lasts from fall through winter. Let’s take a look at four non-traditional container recipes for southern gardens that reflect the warm mood and rich textures of the season.


Contributors: Susan Martin

Sunset Boulevard features a juicy mix of citrus tones. Find the recipe here.

From carving pumpkins to sweet potato pie, orange is an iconic color that signals fall has arrived. Sunset Boulevard has it in spades. Bold, double-flowered Lady Godiva Orange calendula flowers pair perfectly with the intricate blossoms of Sunsatia® Blood Orange nemesia. Both appreciate the relatively cooler temperatures and shorter days of fall, and the versatile Superbells® Over Easy calibrachoa tolerates both heat and cold. Its bright white flowers with a yellow yolk-like center help to set off the warm orange colors in this recipe. Best grown in full sun.


Launch the new fall season with this festive Beach Bonfire recipe.

You can almost hear the fire crackling among the fiery red Superbells® calibrachoa and Sunsatia® Blood Orange nemesia in this striking recipe. The strappy red variegated leaves and purple plumes of Graceful Grasses® ‘Fireworks’ fountain grass give a celebratory wave as you pass by. Near-black, heart-shaped Sweet Caroline Sweetheart Jet Black foliage anchors the container and complements all the warm tones surrounding it. This container recipe would look right at home near a fire pit and would really pop against a dark background. Best grown in full sun.


This flaming red Mango recipe is a must-have for your end of summer tiki parties! Find the recipe here.

Super simple yet fabulous, our flashy Mango recipe combines just two kinds of plants—ColorBlaze® Royale Apple Brandy® and ‘Fireworks’ fountain grass. This versatile coleus, which has performed spectacularly in full sun in Florida trials but also grows well in shade, complements the tall, variegated ‘Fireworks’ fountain grass in upright containers. Wouldn’t it be dazzling on your party deck this season? How about planting a matching pair to flank the front entrance of your home? This fabulous foliage matchup will go the distance from fall through winter. Best grown in part sun to sun. 


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Patent Info: Lady Godiva Orange Calendula USPPAF CanPBRAF; Sunsatia® Blood Orange Nemesia USPP28355 CanPBR5506; Superbells® Over Easy Calibrachoa USPPAF CanPBRAF; Superbells® Red Calibrachoa USPP29075 CanPBRAF; Graceful Grasses® 'Fireworks' Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum' USPP18504; Sweet Caroline Sweetheart Jet Black Ipomoea batatas USPP29378 CanPBRAF; Superbells® Grape Punch Calibrachoa USPPAF CanPBRAF; Superbells® Dreamsicle® Calibrachoa USPP19492 CanPBR3632

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