Even though we may be in summer’s last gasp, it’s not too late to plant some beautiful fall and even early winter flowers to enjoy. And of course, building your own planter box makes the flowers that much more delightful.

How To Build a Planter Box

You can find tutorials on the major DIY sites. Think about where you want to show off your plants and draw a diagram for how the box will fit in that space.

If your plans call for wood glue, try Amazing EcoGlue Premium Wood.

But it’s August! There are still lots of plants and flowers that will last you well into fall that you can plant in your new box.

Fall and Winter Flowers

Coleus: This attractive foliage plant is great for containers and underplanting. Although coleus will usually survive in sun, the color of the leaves is enhanced in the shade. Small, insignificant flowers will appear late summer. Pinch off blooms and growing shoots of young plants to encourage bushier foliage. It prefers moist but well drained soil. Common pests to watch for include mealy bug, aphids and whitefly.

Tea Olive: Osmanthus Fragrans, better known as Fragrant Tea Olive produce small white blooms that pack a punch. Some describe it as a rose scent, others as gardenia and still others as jasmine.

These unusually scented flowers come on in late winter, signaling the beginning of spring, then bloom sporadically during the summer. For an encore, the Fragrant Tea Olive puts on a show again in the fall.

Asters: Asters are an easy to grow perennial that grows well in average soils, but needs full sun. Asters come in blues, purples and a variety of pinks. All Asters are yellow in the center of the flower. They are daisy-like in appearance, even though they are a member of the sunflower family.

Some more tips for fall and winter flowers from CBS Early Show gardener Charlie Dimmock:

When planting in the spring or summer, leave space between the flowers so they can grow. When planting in the fall, your flowers really aren’t going to grow much at all. Pack them in closely to make the arrangement look pretty and full.

Replace the soil in your container with fresh soil before planting. You can toss the dirt you had in your summer container in your flower beds, but your new fall plants will appreciate new soil.

Fall and winter tend to be fairly wet, and fall/winter flowers don’t like all that moisture. So, you want to be sure your containers drain really well. Pots sitting on a porch or patio will not drain as completely as possible because the drainage holes are flat against the ground. You can buy small “feet” at the garden center to place under your pots; they raise the pots off the ground about an inch.

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