CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- If you're looking at your pots by the front door thinking, "Hmm ... they are looking pretty tired," then let me suggest sprucing them up with some plants that will take you into the fall with color and interest.
The standard rule for growing plants in containers through winter is that they should be hardy two zones colder than your garden, according to Fine Gardening magazine. If they don't meet that standard, they could be planted in your beds before the ground freezes or brought inside to ride out the winter. A third option is to consider some of your container choices as annuals and relegate them to the compost pile at the end of their tenure.
Fiberglass, iron, thick plastic and stone planters work best in the fall, standing up to the elements better than untreated terracotta or glazed pottery.
Good plants for fall containers include: