Course description

The days are getting shorter, the nights are cooler, the rainfall is more reliable, and the garden is winding down; fall is in the air. Are your containers ready to celebrate the new season or are they overgrown and ready for a little TLC?

Although your summer annuals may be tired you can easily transform those pots into beautiful showcases filled with color and texture that will not only celebrate fall but can go through winter (in milder climates) and even get a head start on a spring display.

Let me show you how

As a professional container designer I have created hundreds of dramatic combinations for countless satisfied clients, taught container design to nursery professionals as well as keen home gardeners, and had my designs published in some of the top magazines and books in the United States. Failure is not an option. Every planter has to look fabulous - every time, and I've learned the tricks to ensure success. Tricks I'd love to share with you.

Hallmarks of a well designed fall container

  • Rich layers of foliage and flowers that celebrate the season
  • Elements that are evergreen or offer seasonal excitement
  • Tricks to hide bare spots and span the seasons with style
  • A cohesive color palette - not a confusing mish-mash
  • Exciting plant combinations - with a few surprises
  • Gloriously lush and truly abundant, even when newly planted
  • Well balanced in form and scale
  • Incorporates versatile, budget-conscious elements that can be re-worked into summer designs or added to the landscape

Is that how your containers look? 

If not, don't worry.

In this online workshop you'll learn to:

  • Plan

    Learn how to dismantle a tired design, re-working the best elements into a fall display and understand how to maximize drainage and control growth rates for the cooler, wetter seasons.

  • Shop

    Shop wisely for a few investment pieces that will good together now yet can be reworked into the landscape later and discover how to get extra plants for free!

  • Design

    Combine new plants with those that you may already have for a cohesive look, using my unique design strategy while extending the color and interest through winter into spring.

What's included?

  • Watch and learn: lifetime access to three videos that show you how to disassemble a summer pot and then plant up two innovative designs that will look fabulous from fall through spring

  • Downloadable plant lists and planting plans for each of the designs

  • Downloadable list of basic supplies and materials

  • Downloadable list of my favorite shrubs, perennials, groundcovers, and seasonal accents for fall and winter designs

  • BONUS: a fun, colorful design that you can eat, transplant, and enjoy for years!

  • Meet Karen Chapman

    Instructor Bio:

    Specializing in creating artistic landscape and container plant combinations with a four season foliage framework, functional outdoor living spaces and deer resistant designs, I'm delighted to now be able to offer a number of online learning opportunities. With a lifetime’s gardening experience in England and the U.S.A., training as a Certified Professional Horticulturalist, and over ten years as an award-winning designer, author, and presenter, I'd love to share my knowledge and love of gardening with you.

    Karen Chapman


    Karen Chapman

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Course curriculum

  • 01
    Before You Start
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    • How this online workshop works:
  • 02
    Lists of Lists to Help You
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    • Basic Supplies and Materials
    • Additional Plant Inspiration for Fall Containers
  • 03
    Fall Sassitude
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    • Fall Sassitude - preparation (10:40)
    • Fall Sassitude - Design and Creation (24:03)
    • Plant List and Planting Plan - Fall Sassitude
  • 04
    Classic Medley
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    • Classic Medley (21:23)
    • Plant List and Planting Plan - Classic Medley
  • 05
    Bonus Design!
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    • Tasty Textures: edible, budget-friendly and fun!
  • 06
    Additional Resources
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    • Digging Deeper into Container Gardening
    • Books to Inspire You
    • Keep in Touch
  • 07
    How may I help you further?
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    • Please take a moment to answer 5 short questions


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  • Do I have to set aside time on a specific day to watch this?

    No, unlike live webinars, this online workshop will fit YOUR schedule. You can watch the modules whenever you want, as often as you want, on any device.

  • Will the plants work for my area?

    I have used an assortment of conifers, shrubs, perennials, groundcovers, and annuals, many of which will be available no matter where you live. However, the beauty of my unique design strategy is that you will learn HOW to design and be able to substitute plants with confidence should you need to.

  • What is your refund policy?

    If you are not completely satisfied with the quality and content of this course, you may request a full refund within 7 days of registration.