Few things make a more welcoming fall arrival than framing your door with colorful pumpkins and potted flowers. Draw the eye to the entrance with natural accents in mood-boosting bright fall colors like orange, gold, red and bronze.
Mums are the most common flower for getting that hit of seasonal color, but there are plenty of other fall-blooming flowers and plants with interesting seeds that look just as festive.
A few to try this year: black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) and other Rudbeckia species; spooky-looking trailing amaranth in bright green or dark red; or violas in rich fall colors like orange, bronze and purple. Position all containers where they’ll receive at least a half-day of sun.
How fun are these pumpkins on fence posts marching along the edge of a vineyard? Look for new ways to use our favorite natural decoration of the season for an unexpected twist. Use repetition — like the pumpkins shown here — to make a bigger visual hit. For example, if you have large windowsills, you could place a small pumpkin in each window for a display that can be enjoyed from both outdoors and inside.
Particularly nice if you have a long driveway or walk leading up to your house, this treatment of placing fall displays near the street immediately sets a festive theme. Arrange a mix of pumpkins, hay bales, corn husks and fall flowers (or just use one of these) around existing garden features such as a lightpost or on either side of a gate marking the entrance.
For long driveways, you could even go all out and create multiple decorative arrangements along the side. Here, the designer placed straw, pumpkins, chrysanthemums and ornamental cabbage at the base of trees lining the driveway to make an exuberant — if fairly labor intensive — fall display.
4. Go Gourd Crazy
Because when else is it considered acceptable to pile up squash and call it decoration? Look for spaces like steps, window boxes or deep windowsills that give you room to be creative with the arrangement. Try mixing gourds with potted ferns, sprays of fall leaves, ornamental corn or pots of trailing ivy.
For a fresh, more minimalist take on fall decorating, limit yourself to a handful of pumpkins placed by the front gate — but make those pumpkins really stand out.
A coat of matte white or black paint, or white with a drizzle of black, gives pumpkins a distinctly modern look.
6. Create a Fall Vignette
Steal a few design ideas from the arrangements at your local nursery or pumpkin patch. First, play with levels. Use hay bales, a few overturned pots or a wooden bench to boost up pumpkins or pots of flowers. Second, use a variety of colors and textures. Pumpkins, knobby gourds and mums in gold, orange and burgundy work in harmony to make a festive fall scene.
Choose one fall element, like potted flowers or pumpkins, and nail the placement. For example, two pots of bronze mums placed to one side of a porch bench (rather than the default of one on each side) hits it just right for a touch of fall color without being over the top.
Similarly, a trio of bright pumpkins placed halfway up the rise to the front door creates a welcoming accent that can be seen from the street. Grouping the pumpkins as a trio gives them more visual weight and keeps the entry from looking cluttered.
Vines with changing leaves, twiggy clippings from fall pruning or sprays of rose hips can all add an interesting organic element to fall container arrangements. Combine with containers or nestle them around pumpkins on the stoop.
You can pull off the rustic country look without going all out to create a fun, fall-themed front yard display. The key is to anchor it around a single rustic piece — like a wooden barrel, garden cart, wheelbarrow or potting station – for structure. Position it on your front lawn or porch, in a front garden bed or anywhere else it can be viewed well from the street or entry walkway. Then, layer fall elements like potted foliage plants and decorative gourds with antique-style elements like old metal milk jugs, weathered baskets and wire egg crates.
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