Photography: Ryan Brook
1. Start a low planter design with a carpet juniper like 'Blue Star.' Balance its short profile with a slightly taller, dramatic plant like black mondo grass (Ophiopogon).
2. Add silvery dusty miller, wiggling it into the planter on a 45-degree angle so it spills over the edge. Then nestle small cabbages into the structure, shaking excess soil from their roots, if necessary, to make room.
3. Fill any air pockets with potting soil, and tuck small evergreen ground cover like pachysandra or ivy into the remaining gaps.
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.