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Gardening how-to: Fall planters

Photography by Ryan Brook Author: Canadian Living Credits: Photography by Ryan Brook

Gardening

Gardening how-to: Fall planters

1. When designing a large planter (this one has a diameter of 24 inches), start with a plant that is about three-quarters the height of the container. Evergreens and big perennials are perfect for creating 
the right scale; here, a chartreuse cypress, rooted slightly back of centre, establishes the overall height of 
the arrangement.

2. Continue building the "green frame." Variegated boxwood positioned on an angle and two foliage superstars (both perennial euphorbia) define the shape of the arrangement, leaving room for colourful chrysanthemums in pink and orange hues, and fun ornamental peppers tucked around the edge.

The large, leafy variegated ivy helps to soften the rim of the planter and adds an extra burst of colour.

3. For a finishing touch, stake mini pumpkins and gourds on sturdy picks, and group them among the striking green leaves of the euphorbia.

Jennifer's top five tips for fall planters
1. Devise a colour scheme.
2. Plan for different heights.
3. Select a variety of interesting foliage.
4. Include plants that have rounded heads or circular flowers.
5. Add perennials that can be incorporated into the garden come spring.

Looking for more fall planter ideas? Try this dark and moody planter or this pretty planter featuring dusty miller.
                                               
This story was originally titled "Pots of Plenty" in the October 2014 issue.
           
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