One of my favorite things to do in the fall is to plant containers. There aren't nearly as many choices in the fall as there are in the spring which can make it a challenge. But my favorite go to plants are Boxwood, Spruces or Yews as a nice evergreen with colorful Mums, Asters, Dianthus and Pansies for a pop of color. I also like to add in ornamental Kale or Cabbage for some texture and some English Ivy to spill over the side.
A good rule of thumb when planting containers is to have a thriller, a filler and a spiller. In this case the Dwarf Alberta Spruce is the tall thriller, the flowers & Kale are the fillers and the Ivy is the spiller.
One of my best tips is to use hanging baskets when available. They are usually very full and an instant WOW factor! And when you plant your containers be sure to pack them in tight...you don't want to wait until the end of the season for them to grow in and look full. Be sure to feed them with a good multipurpose fertilizer and keep them watered in well. The goal is instant gratification when it comes to pots!