Guest Author - Connie Krochmal
When gardens begin to suffer from the late summer doldrums, its time to spruce up the planters with some succulents for some fall color. This is possible when you create some new container plantings.
The ones that are especially useful for this are some of the Euphorbias as
well as some of the Sedums or stonecrops.
In fact, you should find a number of fine plants in the Proven Winners line that are great for fall color. These are available at local stores and other sources during the late summer and fall.
Let’s look at some of the individual plants that are recommended.
Sedums for Fall Container Gardens
For autumn color, there are several delightful sedums. Sedum Angelina is noted for its brightly colored foliage in shades of gold and green. Only six inches in height, this hybrid has trailing stems with tiny, needle-like foliage. This is recommended for full sun and partial shade. As a perennial, it does well in zones three through eleven.
Garnet Brocade sedum is an attractive succulent. Its foliage is accented with a purple vein that runs along the center. Very early to bloom, this cultivar has lovely, dark red flowers that open in large clusters. It continues to bloom throughout the fall.
Garnet Brocade sedum is a perennial that reaches about 1¼ in height. It prefers full sun. Hardy in zones three through eleven, this is an excellent choice for autumn container plantings.
Euphorbias for Fall Container Plantings
A number of the Proven Winners Euphorbias are particularly suitable for creating stunning combination plantings for fall.
Whether you use it alone in a pot or combine it with compatible varieties, Efanthia Euphorbia is just stunning. This dense full plant is evergreen, and grows to form a neat clump. While the new growth is yellow to red, this matures to blue-green. Then, during the autumn it becomes a deep, vivid, purplish-black.
Efanthia Euphorbia performs well in partial shade and full sun. It grows to a little over a foot in height with a slightly larger spread. This hybrid is hardy in zone four through eleven. This has received a number of awards, including the Classic City awards from the University of Georgia trial gardens.
With its attractive foliage, Efanthia Euphorbia looks lovely if paired with other foliage plants, such as the Proven Winners’ Dolce Licorice Heuchera. To add an extra touch of color to this combination, add a flowering plant like Johnny-jump-ups and Goldilocks Lysimachia—another Proven Winners selection.
Helena’s Blush Euphorbia is another Proven Winner plant that is a good choice for fall-themed pots. The new growth is vivid pink or red, later becoming variegated with green and white. Helena’s Blush grows in the form of a tidy, rounded clump. Reaching about 1¼ feet in height, it has an equal spread. This has upright stems. During the spring, this produces striking chartreuse blossoms. Helena’s Blush is suited to zone four through eleven. It is suited to both full sun and partial shade.
Hardy ice plants for Fall Color
Some of the hardy ice plants are excellent for fall color. Mine continued to bloom after repeated numerous hard freezes, and finally qui