Trade out your tired patio tomatoes and peppers for cool season spinach, lettuces, kale and parsley. Mix them with pansies for an edible fall container planting, says Cameron Watkins of C. Watkins Garden Co.
Potting mix that has fertilizer in it will give your houseplants or other container plants a good start. But eventually, the nutrients will either be used up, or they'll leach out after frequent waterings. When your plants are ready for a boost, apply a slow release fertilizer that lasts for several months, or feed more often with a liquid or water-soluble fertilizer. Stop fertilizing if your indoor plant goes into a period of dormancy for awhile.
Incorporate cut evergreens, sticks, logs and gourds in containers among plantings of cabbage, kale, pansies and other traditional fall plants to add texture and height to an outdoor container arrangement.
A deck looking over a hillside of Japanese maple, oak, redwood, acacia and pine provides the perfect setting for snacks, relaxation and contemplation. Several terra cotta pots filled with flowering plants and ornamental grasses are set at the top of a small staircase connecting a walkway to the deck.
Sometimes a used indoor bar cart only requires painting to make it outdoor-ready. Design blogger Alaya Sheardon spent $20 on a bar cart from a thrift store and sprayed it with slate gray rust-preventative paint. She then painted the shelves with a stencil and covered it in white paint for a textured look. Now it holds container plants and supplies on the patio.
Prop up container plants on unexpected items, such as an old three-legged stool, to add height to a tabletop display. Although these plants are in the covered indoor space, the floral display could be moved to the balcony as well.
A Japanese maple is planted in a rustic planter, offering it more prominence as a focal point than it might receive planted in the ground. The color of the leaves, along with the red hues of another Japanese maple add vibrancy to this elegant terraced garden.
Mixed planters with pinks and deep purples set the foundation for this picture-perfect entryway. The containers are at the bottom of brick steps and a black wrought iron railing that lead to a brown double door with glass panels.
The farmhouse-style look continues to the porch of this California home. Beth Dana Design decorated the doorway with a galvanized container, turquoise chair and vintage-looking fixtures. The renovated exterior of the early 1900s home has board and batten siding and bright white wide trim.