THE DIRT - Our favorite plants for fall container gardens in KC and OKC


Kansas City here we come! 

I'm so excited to announce that my sister, the wonderful and fabulous Julie Cruz, opened Adorn in Kansas City just a few weeks ago. Julie is super talented and creative when it comes to container garden design. She will be adorning front porches and storefronts in Kansas City this fall. Give Julie a shout at for more info on custom container gardens in the Kansas City area. Woo hoo! We are BEYOND thrilled! Congratulations Julie!


Our favorite plants for fall container gardens

Hooray! Fall is finally here! Time to get your front entry or storefront looking festive for the season. 
So, what are our favorite thrillers, fillers and spillers for fall planters? Colorful crotons and ornamental grasses are our thrillers of choice. Next comes the fillers, which fill in around the middle of the planter. Our favorite fillers for fall are pansies, cabbage, kale and pumpkins. What? Pumpkins? You bet! Just pop some pie pumpkins or mini-pumpkins right into the pot. So festive! Lastly, comes the spiller, which cascades over the sides of the planter. Our go-to spiller for fall is bright green moneywort (aka creeping jenny).
In the picture above, we used a purple fountain grass as the thriller. There are lots of fillers going on here – croton, cabbage, yellow and orange pansies, small gourd and pumpkin. Moneywort finishes out the design as the spiller. Doesn’t it look festive for fall? 


Fall Container Gardening Workshops

Last fall the class we held at West Elm was super fun and sold out so we are offering it again this year. We'd love for you to join us on Thursday, September 14th from 6-7:30pm at West Elm in Classen Curve. You can find details and register for the event at this link: Grab some girlfriends and enjoy wine, light bites and have fun digging in the dirt! 

Let us know if you'd like to visit about hosting a private container gardening workshop with friends. It makes a great team building or girls night out. We'll share the basics of container gardening, our favorite plants and flowers for fall outdoor pots and everyone gets to leave with their own pansy filled pumpkin masterpiece.


Let Adorn Help You

We will start "adorning" front porches and storefronts in Kansas City and Oklahoma City later this month. Let us know if we can bring a little fall curb appeal to your doorstep. 


Curb Appeal Shout Out!

Kari Watkins, Executive Director of the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum, knows a lot about welcoming visitors to Oklahoma City. 500,000 people visit the OKC National Memorial and Museum each year and millions have visited since it opened in 2000. 

The Memorial Museum is an interactive learning experience that takes you on a chronological self-guided tour through the story of April 19, 1995, and the days, weeks and years that followed the bombing of Oklahoma City’s Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. The story tracks the remarkable journey of loss, resilience, justice and hope.

The Outdoor Symbolic Memorial is a place of quiet reflection that honors the victims, survivors, rescuers, and all who were changed forever on April 19, 1995. It encompasses the now-sacred soil where the Murrah Building once stood, as well as the surrounding area devastated during the attack.

Kari reached out to Adorn this summer for assistance with container gardens. "I reached out to Elizabeth to discuss adding planters to the museum entrance. Although our grounds are beautifully landscaped, I really wanted to create visual interest to showcase the entryway of the museum. The museum occupies a large area and I wanted the planters to grab the attention of visitors and direct them to the museum entrance. Elizabeth consulted with my team and me on how many planters were needed and the placement of the planters. She ordered the planters and got them planted within 2 weeks of my initial phone call. We are really happy with how they turned out. The addition of the 3 planters accomplished my goal of directing our visitors to the museum entrance."

We can't thank Kari and her team enough for letting us work in this incredibly special place in our city.