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Melinda's Garden Moment: Fall Container Gardens

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Add a splash of color to your fall garden with a few fresh containers.

You can purchase some ready made planters from your local garden center or create a bit of fall floral beauty of your own.

Select plants that love the cooler fall temperatures or reach their peak floral display in fall.

Use plants like Swiss chard, rudbeckia or spike for vertical accents. Boost the color with asters, mums and frost tolerant annuals like ornamental cabbage, dianthus and pansies.

Add some interest with ornamental peppers and a bit of flavor with bok choy and decorative mustard.

Use rudbeckia for a vertical accent. Pop in ornamental mustard and kale for filler and finishing off with pansies.

Or just perk up some of your weather weary containers like I am by adding a dianthus and aster for a fresh splash of color.

Once fall has passed consider trying a few winter containers. All the ingredients you need just might be outside your backdoor. So get out the pruners and take a walk through your yard and look for nature's ornaments. Fruits like rose hips, winterberries, crabapples and other's add color to the container. And the fluffy seedheads of ornamental grasses make a nice vertical accent and add a bit of motion to the arrangement. And if you have no backyard, take a trip to the garden center they will have plenty of items for your winter containers. 

For more gardening tips, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com.

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