Photography: Ryan Brook
Our garden expert Jennifer Reynolds shares how to design a beautiful fall planter in three easy steps.
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.