Garden, Inspirations, Outdoor Life

Fall Container Planting

Living in Brooklyn can be frustrating. We have limited space and lack of sun issues. I woke up twice this week in the middle of the night to a screaming baby. I am crabby this morning. Sorry, but it’s true. We also have construction next to us for 2 years now. Yep 24 month!. In August, the contractor corrected me saying “well not quite 2 years”. OK! at the time it was 22 months. Now it is 24 months. Scaffolding next to us for 2 years, blocking sun when there already is a lack of sun. And this morning I noticed one more thing, sun peaking out from under a temporary wall. Our small outdoor front area would be getting this sun if it wasn’t for this wood wall to keep out dust and hide a port o potty. It’s depressing. Fall is such a lovely time of year in the Northeast. It might be the best season. Cool mornings, warm afternoons.

I am sure you are asking why not move. We do have lots of good things here, museums, parks, art, art and more art! And this is where work is and close to family.

I will be headed to the Hamptons in Long Island this weekend. I have not been there in about 15 years. I am so excited to go pumpkin and apple picking, maybe pick up some plants for our window boxes. While searching for ideas for fall container plants I have found some inspirational photos. But one site really calmed me. I say calm because I was so frustrated this morning with babies crying and sun trying to reach us. Deborah Silver, a gardener and landscaper in Detroit, has a journal style blog called Dirt Simple. I love the name! Her use of purple and green kales, ripe gourds, pumpkins in white, green and orange of all sizes and colors and adding a grape vine for visual motion.

 from the blog of  Deborah Silver, Dirt Simple , in this photo in the pot behind looks like rosemary.

from the blog of Deborah Silver, Dirt Simple, in this photo in the pot behind looks like rosemary.

Some other plants to keep note of when foraging or shopping for your containers:

broom corn

purple kale

brussel sprouts

broccoli

cabbage

gourds

If you belong to a CSA (community supported agriculture) and you don’t know what to do with those brussel sprouts and gourds coming in, put them in a window box!

 from the blog of  Deborah Silver, Dirt Simple  - window box with pumpkins, cabbage, purple kale. I love the cement green of the box and the greens of the plantings. They look so festive.

from the blog of Deborah Silver, Dirt Simple - window box with pumpkins, cabbage, purple kale. I love the cement green of the box and the greens of the plantings. They look so festive.

So it looks like Deborah’s company deals mostly with large houses and some containers that are big as my back yard. This one is an example. But I love the browns in it. She is using broom corn in the center.

Then below that looks like tan eucalyptus and purple kale below, Place these in your window box or tall container at your front door.

 from the blog of  Deborah Silver, Dirt Simple  using broom corn in center of planter.

from the blog of Deborah Silver, Dirt Simple using broom corn in center of planter.

And of course I will not forget about mums! They come in tiny 4” pots and 12” pots. Perfect for the small window box.

 from  Midwest Living.  Looks like these mums were added to some pansies and green cabbage into lined wire containers.

from Midwest Living. Looks like these mums were added to some pansies and green cabbage into lined wire containers.

 white mums and 2 different types of ivy.

white mums and 2 different types of ivy.

 from  Garden Lovers Club  pumpkin flower containers

from Garden Lovers Club pumpkin flower containers

And for some Halloween whimsy, add some black plastic spiders. These always scare the heck out of my 5 year old. They are so light and creepy!

I hope to find lots of autumnal this weekend and will share them with you soon. I would love to see what you are planting!

Enjoy!

Tracey