Fresh Tips for Fall Garden Decor

If there were a nationwide contest for fall holiday decor,  New England would be the outright-no-questions-asked winner.  This part of the country goes mum-crazy right about now and while its a lovely display of colors that goes rather nicely with all our vibrant trees….I often find myself trying to re-invent the tradition a bit.  If you are like me and feel compelled to make it a little more original — here are a few of ideas for changing it up a bit.  Feel free to share your own fall decorating ideas – I could use some inspiration too.

Fall planting ideas pomegranite punch calibrachoa superbells from www.pithandvigor.com
Fall planting ideas Sedum autumn joy and false solomons seal from www.pithandvigor.com

Snap Out of the Mum Obsession.  Look for fall color in other plants.  I’m absolutely adoring the raspberry red berries of Maianthemum racemosum (False Solomons Seal) in my garden.  I have them planted near my Autumn Joy sedum (which is a perennial favorite) and some pomegranate punch calibrachoa.  I think deep pink is the new black (err orange)

Fall planting ideas from www.pithandvigor.com Fall planting ideas from www.pithandvigor.com st johns wort and purple asters
Fall planting ideas from www.pithandvigor.com st johns wort and festuca elijah blue

Play with perennials.  I had almost forgotten that I planted these purple asters last year until they bursted out in a purple profusion.  Much to my delight and surprise I think they are brilliant companions to the remaining yellow flowers and inky black  seedheads of  the adjacent St Johns Wort.   Festuca glauca ‘Elijah Blue’  is also a lovely part of the mix — proving that shades of purple and blue are very fall fabulous.

Fall porch decorating ideas from www.pithandvigor.com
Fall porch decorating ideas orange mums from www.pithandvigor.com

Pay Attention to Color.  It is arguable that all the fall colors will look good together, but what if you want something a little more distinctive, try limiting the color palette. Look for combinations that really play well together.  Is it me, or do the tones of this funky squash come to life when we put an orange mum nearby?

I’m still perfecting my front porch but will share the final look when I have it all done.  Until tomorrow.

– Rochelle

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Lowes.  This is a series that I am doing through the end of the year.   I am not an employee of Lowes and all opinions are my own.  See the other posts in this series. 

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.
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  1. Debbie Feely on October 2, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Here in California fall color is a challenge, because of the long growing season. One of my best is Eupatorium rugosum ‘Chocolate’. Mums and helenium need frequent cutting back to make it to fall before blooming. I think I need to try St. John’s Wort. And I just can’t seem to grow calibrachoa. Thanks for a look at what other’s are doing to keep the season going.

  2. Amy Murphy on October 8, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Thanks Rochelle! I never “do” mums, I like to plant perennials which add color to the late Fall garden : asters & anemones are great for fall color and those are just perennials, not to mention shrubs.

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