Large planters can bring a porch, patio or driveway to colorful life when you fill them to overflowing with flowering annuals. Start with a planter that’s at least 14 inches across to create a (somewhat) mobile flower garden. This large container features bloomers in bright colors: ‘Tiger Eye’ gloriosa daisy (Rudbeckia), ‘Summer Jewel Red’ Savia coccinea, Profusion Double Fire zinnia and ‘Callie Purple’ calibrachoa.
When coordinating an autumnal color scheme, think outside the box. Modern black planters can be used year-round, and cranberry-red flowering annuals are an easy way to add a touch of fall flair. When mixed together, black, dark green and cranberry red create a bold palette that is appropriate but unexpected for fall.
The ‘Whirlybird Mix’ of nasturtium is beloved for its large, 2- to 3-inch flowers that hold their faces up—providing maximum show in the garden. Blooms open in hues of orange, red, gold, cream and rose. Japanese beetles likely avoid this annual because of its peppery bite, something that’s delightful in salads or on sandwiches.