Fall is just around the corner, and soon we'll be enjoying all the rich, warm colors of the season.  Leaves will begin to change, and the landscape will be filled with the oranges, reds, purples and yellows we've come to associate with the season.  Why not bring a bit of that vibrant color to your porch, patio or balcony with some easy and beautiful fall containers?

While we often associate mums and asters with autumn, now is a great time to expand your fall planting palate with one of the varieties listed below.  These plants will not only perk up the exterior of your home or apartment, they're easy to care for and will provide color all season long

Hard-to-Kill Heuchera


Heuchera is often referred to by its more common name, coral bells.  Heuchera are excellent for containers and come in a wide variety of colors and leaf textures.  In fact, if you think you have a black thumb, heuchera is a great plant for you as they are almost impossible to kill.  They do well in any light condition from full sun to full shade, and can tolerate temperatures down to -25 degrees Fahrenheit.  Heuchera are mounding plants, and can be planted alone, with other heuchera of contrasting colors, or with gourds, mums or ornamental grasses for an exceptional fall look

Ornamental Oxalis


Oxalis is an elegant and cheerful plant to add to containers.  Oxalis is very easy to grow and prefers shade to part shade.  It tolerates temperatures to 15 degrees Fahrenheit, and is generally grown as an annual in most climates.  Oxalis is also a mounding plant, and grows to about 12 to 18 inches tall.  It comes in many shades, including a variety called "Charmed Velvet" that is almost black.  It works well as a filler plant in your fall containers

Prolific Verbena


Verbena will provide you with many blooms and will last well into fall.  They are hardy to 15 degrees Fahrenheit and will often last after the first frost of the season.  They come in shades from red to dark blue and purple, and look beautiful on their own or spilling over the sides of planters and window boxes.  Verbena are drought tolerant so do well in arid climates.  To keep it looking its best, snip off spent blooms and feed every couple of weeks

Decorative Cabbage and Kale


A favorite for fall containers, decorative cabbages and kale are hardy and cheerful.  They will last well into the fall and provide your containers with various shades of green, pink and purple.  Their color intensifies as the temperature drops, providing bold shades for your container arrangements

Classic Sedum


Sedum is your go-to plant for any fall container, blooming from late summer into early fall.  Sedum is exceptionally easy to grow in containers, and prefers full sun.  The blooms of sedum look great even after they have dried, so they're a great choice for containers you plan to keep out all winter.  It is hardy to -40 degrees Fahrenheit, and can be grown as a perennial in some climates.  It grows fairly tall, so is best used in the center or the back of a container

By using one or a combination of the plants above, you can create no-fuss fail containers that bring the best of the season to your front door