How to Make a Container Garden for the Fall

The crisp and cool autumn breeze is in the air reminding us that fall is here! Bring the gorgeous colors of the season and let’s start planting! Adding seasonal color to your containers will liven up your home in a quick and simple way. Today, we are going to teach you how to make a container garden for the fall so you can enjoy beautiful color throughout the season!

How to Make a Container Garden for the Fall



You will need the following items to complete your creation:

  • Fall color like Matrix® Pansies, Ornamental Cabbage or Kale, and Alyssum
  • Calloway’s Premium Potting Soil
  • Pottery from Calloway’s or Cornelius
  • Calloway’s Natural Garden Food or Calloway’s Premium Flower Food


Fill the container with Calloway’s Premium Potting Soil. Select a container with proper drainage for moisture control to keep your plant’s roots healthy. After you add your plants and water thoroughly, add more soil if needed.


ornamental cabbage

When selecting plants, remember to keep these details in mind:

  • Where will my container creation be displayed?
  • What are the sunlight requirements?
  • What are the watering requirements?

When planting for fall, it is always best to select plants with similar sun and water requirements in order to be successful!

For a fall container, choose plants that thrive in cooler weather with vibrant blooms or lush foliage for a perfect display. When putting your container together, use the “Thriller, Filler, Spiller” method. This will help you create an interesting layout for your fall plants.

Ornamental Cabbage or Kale


Ornamental Cabbage and kale are prized for their gradient of deep hues in purples, greens, and whites. Also known as a “flowering” cabbage or kale, this “Thriller” plant comes in a variety of colors, shapes, and textures. From frilly and crinkled to broad and flat leaves, ornamental cabbage or kale will add a dynamic and playful focal point in your container creation. Ornamental Cabbage and Kale enjoys full sun to part shade and thrives in a rich, moist soil.

Matrix® Pansies

matrix pansies

For one of your “Filler” plant selections use an all-time favorite plant for the fall, Matrix® Pansies. Matrix® Pansies are cool weather bloomers that fill your flowerbeds or containers with a burst of color. Available in many colors, not to mention, different varieties like clear or blotch, the options are endless when you are selecting your pansies. These beauties will create a dramatic display to compliment your design. Matrix® Pansies enjoy full sun to partial shade.


container gardening

Alyssum is a perfect “Spiller” plant. It’s covered in dense clusters of small, star-shaped flowers that eventually spill over the edges of hanging baskets and containers. This cool season plant has an extremely fine and delicate texture that makes any space feel complete. It does best in full sun to partial shade.


fall planting

Give your plants the proper nourishment for long-lasting and healthy blooms. Pick up our Calloway’s Natural Garden Food to feed your lawn and garden the organic way. Or, try our improved and specialized formula in our new Premium Flower Food. Our 12-4-8 formula contains nitrogen, Fx Iron®, phosphate, and other key ingredients to help your flowers bloom with big, bold color! Fx Iron® is an environmentally friendly source of iron. It helps keep your flowers blooming without staining concrete surfaces.

When feeding your plants, always read the instructions on the packaging for feeding times and amounts.

plants for fall

Stop by our store nearest you for all your planting needs to create your Container Garden for the fall! Questions? Ask our Texas Certified Nursery Professionals available at all of our store locations!