Fall brings big bunches of rich-colored blooms that are suitable for container gardens. Local garden centers are full of potted chrysanthemums and asters, but other blooms are available as well. Use sunflowers, which are available in a variety of small sizes and colors, thanks to hybridization. Gazania, echinacea and other members of the aster family are also in bloom. Use a dramatic “mum” for a focal point in the container. Although it’s too late to plant perennials after the fall container gardening season is over, many can be “wintered over” in a cool place if they are not allowed to dry out, or sunk in their pot in the garden and heavily mulched, and planted next spring. Pot-ready fall-flowering perennials tend to be as much as four times as expensive as younger plants in the spring and early summer.