Bright grasses and colorful leaves bring a splash of seasonal flavor to your porch or patio

Julie Chai, Mike Irvine, and Heather Arndt Anderson  – September 23, 2010 | Updated August 12, 2019

Whether you’re working with a small garden space or just need to add some new pops of color and texture, the solution is the same: just add containers. This is an even better approach in the fall, when most of the garden is winding down. 

First off, start with the plants you love, then pick your containers that will extend the color theme. Cluster containers of different shapes and sizes in threes or plant a single pot with three kinds of plants, for the best-looking displays. Here are a few of our favorites to inspire you.