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How to Transition Your Outdoor Planters from Summer to Fall

Written By Samantha ritchie 29 Sep 2020
How to Transition Your Outdoor Planters from Summer to Fall

It's that time of the year: "Out with the old and in with the new"! If you're really on top of things, maybe you've already done this! But if you're still looking for some fall decorating tips, we wanted to give you some advice on transitioning your outdoor planters from summer to fall! We all love indoor fall decorations, but sometimes it's the exterior of the home that can really set the vibe for a holiday!


So, our first tip for transitioning your planters from one season to the next is to PLAN AHEAD! When you choose your plants in the spring, think of types of plants and colors that could easily be transitioned to fall. I usually choose some type of ornamental grass like fountain grass to leave in the pot through fall. Reds, oranges, yellows, neutrals, and of course, greenery, are always great choices for summer AND fall!

If you do need to pull out some of your annuals from the summer, try to do so when the soil is dry. Once you loosen up the soil, plop in a great fall plant or grass, add some fresh potting mix, and give the area a good drink of water.


Another simple way to transition your summer planters to fall is by simply adding MUMS! Mums typically last for 4-6 weeks and you can find all sizes, which is nice because you can replace some of your summer annuals with them or you can keep them potted in their own area. They like to be in a sunny area, and work best if you keep the soil moist. To keep them bright and long-lasting, be sure to snip the dead heads off of your mums often!

Of course, another great way to add a fall vibe to your planters and landscaping is by simply adding pumpkins and gourds. We love adding all colors, shapes, and sizes to give contrast and add some depth. If you happen to have issues with animals messing with your pumpkins, consider adding some artificial pumpkins and gourds to your landscaping!

Sometimes, it's not necessarily about redoing all of your planters but just adding a little something to give the exterior of your home that fall touch. Silk bushes are also a great way to add color to your pots and they can last for years!


All in all, keep it simple! Especially if you're new to flowers, plants, and landscaping, don't let it stress you out. Start with a small amount of mums and pumpkins to give your home a nice, inviting fall feel! Having a decorated, well cared-for home (indoors and outdoors) can make coming home feel even more peaceful and relaxing.
Happy Fall!