• lobelia
  • nasturtium
  • petunias (yes, petunias!)
  • dianthus
  • primula
  • cyclomen
  • osteospermum
  • calendula
  • diascia                                                                                    
  • Other options include cool weather edibles that are both beautiful and functional…many of these need to be seeded in late summer in order to perform in a fall container, so plan ahead for next year.                              

    • kale (Dinosaur, Red Russian, etc)
    • carrots (in bloom) dinosaur kale

    • Peacock broccoli
    • lettuces
    • celery
    • leeks
    • cauliflower (“Graffiti” is purple headed)
    • broccoli
    • broccolini

    There are also many late summer/fall blooming perennials that work well in containers.

    • chrysanthemums (don’t forget specialty varieties, check out this post by Debra Prinzing)
    • asters (also have many specialty varieties)
    • Helenium rudbekia

    • Tricyrtis (Toad Lily)
    • dahlias
    • sedum
    • anemone
    • Salvia leucantha (Mexican Sage)
    • thread leaved coreopsis
    • rudbekia (“Cherokee Sunset”, “Irish Eyes”, “Cappuccino”)
    • echinacea (“After Midnight” fragrant, “Fancy Frills”, “Flame Thrower”)

    The fact is, you don’t have to be limited to the same old ornamental kale, pansies and mums. Look at your perennial borders for inspiration and find varieties that fit well in the size of your container. Try something new and unexpected…there are so many options!

    And, if you are in the Portland, OR area, don’t forget that the Hardy Plant Society has a fall sale in September.