Turn Your Summer Containers to Fall in 3 Steps

Plants in containers have been feeling the heat and humidity this summer. If your pots were planted in May or June, some of the annuals may be overgrown or leggy by now. Are you ready for cooler evenings and a new splash of color? Here are some tips from TGP’s Container Designer Nikki Van Tholen for freshening up those front porches and back decks with fall splendor.


In this pot, we replaced three plants: Cleome, Polka Dot Plant, and Persian Shield with Swiss Chard, Rudbeckia, and Ornamental Peppers for a fresh fall look.

It’s as easy as 1-2-3 to replace summer annuals with plants that will last until frost.

  1. First, assess what you do and don't like about your container garden right now. Maybe you have a beautiful grass that is just starting to get those great plumes on it, but the filler petunias and coleus are now overgrown and looking tired.

  2. Pull out the annuals you wish to replace by hand, or use garden tools if the roots are entwined together. Loosen the existing dirt and roots, filling in fresh dirt as needed.

  3. Then, add your favorite fall flowers! Mums, pansies, cabbages and kales, ornamental peppers and calibrachoa are in stock, to name a few.

Both Naperville and Aurora TGP locations offer a wide variety of fall annuals that do well in cooler weather. Perennial sedums and heuchera look great in fall containers, too. Nikki offers great design advice. “Of course, you don't have to replace every plant with another plant. The Growing Place carries an excellent variety of pumpkins and gourds during the fall that can fill in some holes and add a nice festive touch to any container. Birch branches and colorful, preserved fall leaves are other fun options.”

Each season offers new beginnings and creative ways to celebrate. Why not change out the plants in your containers to honor what nature has in store through the cooler weather holidays? There is something blooming at The Growing Place 250 days a year. When you’re ready to change your container over to winter greens and sticks with berries, you know where to find us!

Aurora Location

2000 Montgomery Road,

Aurora, IL 60504

Phone. 630-820-8088

Naperville Location

25w471 Plank Road,

Naperville, IL 60563

Phone. 630-355-4000

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March 30-June 30

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Saturday: 9am-5pm

Sunday: 11am-5pm

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Monday, May 27


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