Our favorite plants for fall container gardens
Hooray! Fall is almost here! Time to start thinking, planning, scheming and dreaming about getting your front porch 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?
These pumpkin centerpieces make great teacher or hostess gifts! The small pansy filled faux pumpkin is $18 and the large flower filled faux pumpkin is $35. We're taking pre-orders now so give us a shout if we can pot some up for you this fall.
Tomato pie, oh my!
Tomatoes and basil are perfect plants to grow in pots. This time of year we are harvesting both like crazy. You know the old saying...when life gives you tomatoes and basil, make tomato pie.
We love Paula Deen's recipe!
1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
1 9" prebaked deep dish pie shell
1/2 cup chopped green onion
10 chopped, fresh basil leaves
4 peeled and sliced tomatoes
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 cup mayonnaise
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
First, blanch the tomatoes and slice. Place the tomatoes in the colander to drain.
Using a medium sized bowl, mix mayonnaise, cheddar cheese, mozzarella cheese, salt and pepper.
Layer the tomato slices, basil, and onion in pie shell. Season with salt and pepper. Spread the mayonnaise and cheese mixture on top of the tomatoes and bake for 30 minutes or until lightly browned.
To serve, cut into slices and serve warm.
Delicious? Yes! Healthy? Hmmm...probably not so much, but did we mention it is delicious?!?
Let Adorn Help You
Who else, besides the Soil Sisters, is excited that fall will officially begin in less than one month? We. Can. Not. Wait.
We love a porch full of pumpkins, gourds, mums, crotons, hay bales, etc. to get the fall vibes going. Can you say instant gratification? It's the perfect seasonal decor to welcome your friends, family and customers to your front door.
We are happy to lend a hand with your fall exterior decorating. Please give us a shout if we can help bring the best of the season to your front porch or storefront.
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Curb Appeal Shout Out!
Morgan, the fabulous Owner of Green Bambino, contacted us a few years ago asking for help with outdoor pots at her store. Initially she needed new pots so we helped her find two planters that were just the right size and shape for her store front. We change out the plants and flowers on a seasonal basis and visit monthly to make sure they always look their best. Morgan recently shared this with us, which warmed our hearts. "Having you take care of this has taken a load off my plate and makes me smile every time I go past the planters." Morgan understands that her customers' experience begins before they even enter her store. We so appreciate her love of curb appeal.
Green Bambino is OKC's #1 natural parenting resource, providing parents in our community with simple, affordable, responsible resources they need to be more thoughtful in their parenting and family lifestyle. They have a great selection selection of sustainable & eco-friendly products. The store is a hub for expert parenting education and natural-living information and a welcoming space for support, encouragement and community engagement. They are located at 5120 N. Shartel Avenue and can be reached at 405-848-2330 and www.green-bambino.com. Green Bambino is a locally owned store and an asset to our community, go see Morgan and support small business.