10 Lovely Fall Flowers for Containers

Gardening in the fall can be a lot of fun, but depending on where you live, you may want to bring the plants indoors before the temperature drops too much. Because of this, many gardeners will decide to plant their plants that bloom in the fall in containers that can easily be moved from an outdoor space to an indoor one.

While looking for plants to put in containers this year for my garden, there were quite a few options that I decided to go with.

Let’s take a look at 10 amazing fall plants for containers that I fell in love with! 🙂

1. Chrysanthemums


Commonly known as mums, this is a plan that is part of most fall gardens. It produces blooms that vary in color, and it will require well-drained soil and full sun to really thrive. Mums will grow in nearly every climate, but they are commonly seen in hardiness zones three to 11 in containers. This plant does require a bit more care when it comes to water, but this is because of the shallow roots.

2. Toad Lily

Toad Lily

Toad lily is a beautiful fall plant that has a brightly colored bloom that can be seen from the end of fall the entire way up until the first frost of the year. The flowers that it produces resemble orchids, and they can be seen in zones four through nine. These plants are easy to care for; however, they prefer to grow in well-drained soil that is somewhat moist and partial shade.

3. Stonecrop


This is a late-blooming fall perennial that can even be seen blooming after the first frost of the year. The foliage ranges in color, which makes it ideal for a fall container garden, and the blooms are always pink. This plant can grow to be two feet tall or more, and it does best in well-drained soil and full sun. This plant can be seen growing in hardiness zones four through 10.

4. Helenium


The Helenium is a plant that looks a lot like a daisy, but the bloom that it produces is a much more vibrant color. In fact, it has a red and orange petal that is almost the color of the sunset when the blooms begin to show at the end of summer. These blooms will continue to show well into the fall of the year when the temperature gets cooler in zones three through eight. To really thrive, this is a plant that needs full sunlight and well-drained soil.

5. Goldenrod


Goldenrod is a plant that can be seen blooming in the late part of summer into the fall of the year. It is a colorful plant that grows well in containers; in fact, the foliage of the plant will look great planted with ferns and other ornamental grasses. This is a plant that can be seen growing in hardiness zones four through nine. These plants will do best in an area where it gets the morning sun.

6. Million Bells

Million Bells

As a relatively small plant, this is a great one that can be planted in containers because the leaves can easily spill out of them as the plant grows. This is a plant that prefers to grow in warmer temperatures, so it will be seen in zones nine through 11. It will do well in full sun to partial shade, but it will need to have well-drained soil to thrive.

7. Aster


This is a plant that is known as a staple when it comes to fall-blooming plants. It is a plant that can be seen in USDA hardiness zones five through 10, and it can grow in containers in an ever wider part of the country. Asters are relatively simple to care for; they prefer full sun, but they can also grow in some shade. They also prefer well-drained soil that is slightly moist.

8. Coneflower


The sunset coloration of this plant makes it ideal for a fall garden. These plants can grow to be rather tall, so they work well as plants that grow towards the back of most gardens. Coneflowers grow best in full sun and well-drain soil, but it will also tolerate a bit of shade and moisture as it grows. This plant grows in zones three to eight well, and with the right care, it can grow to be up to 3 feet tall.

9. Oxalis


This is an ideal plant to grow in a container because it is only hardy in zones seven through 11. If you live in a zone where it gets colder, the best course of action to keep this plant alive is to plant it in a container that will allow you to move it indoors when the weather changes. Known as the shamrock plant, it will grow well in partial shade and well-drained soil.

10. Coral Bells

Coral Bells

Coral bells are breathtaking plants that offer a lot of colors to a container garden. These plants will tolerate partial shade as well as full sun, but only in the cooler climates so that the shallow roots do not get too hot. It is a plant that also prefers light soil that is well-drained; it does not do well in dense soils. It can be seen growing in zones four through 11.