No-Mess Pumpkin Decorating

front rg pots fall 2008 0071 150x150 No Mess Pumpkin DecoratingBetter Homes and Gardens is offering all the joys of pumpkin carving without all the mess! Whether you live in the city and find pumpkins on short order, or just want to keep the grandkids busy on a rainy afternoon, you can log on to this site and design away, printing out refrigerator ready pics when you are through! Check it out!

 

Fall/Autumn Container Garden Design Idea: Scarecrow #002

fall pots 2 003 225x300 Fall/Autumn Container Garden Design Idea: Scarecrow #002For the black-thumbed, or uber creative types, here is another idea for you to adapt while creating your own welcoming harvest displays, or container designs.

I’ve said it before, but the fall is my favorite season, and I try and celebrate that fact uniquely in each artificial pot design I create. One thing I have learned, is that in order to create a visually believable decoration for a given season you don’t have to  bind yourself strictly to the artificial flowers and decorations that would naturally be in bloom, or the most appropriate at that specific time. For instance, a harvest themed container design like this may hold Sunflowers, Mums, and spring wildflowers in it that would never bloom at the same time in the real world- let alone all be looking perky for your Thanksgiving Dinner guests!  The key to making a variety of  flowers work together in your design is in deciding on a color palette before you begin, and choosing flowers, leaves, and accents that work together well in shape and visual feel.

In this design, the warm tones of the light orange sunflowers, work with the red tones in the grasses, mums, and autumn leaves in the pot.  I chose to use warm tones of brown, and purple to accent this, tying the harvest theme together. Since all of these flowers are associated with “informal” flower arrangements (as opposed to the formality of rose arrangements), they work well together, when grounded with overtly fall accents like the scarecrow, and the harvest leaf garland covering the dirt. I also chose to include a simple (and inexpensive) unfinished birdhouse from Michaels Crafts into this design to add a country feel to it!

I’m happy with this design! Stay tuned for more fall ideas coming soon!


Fall/Autumn Container Garden Design Idea: Scarecrow #001

fall pots 2007 005 184x300 Fall/Autumn Container Garden Design Idea: Scarecrow #001Live plants aren’t the only things that will look great in your containers for the fall months! There are many clever ways that you can adapt decorations into your pots, to fill it in, or enhance the look of your favorite fall flowers.

I try and mix it up from year to year, so the multitude of container gardens I maintain during the summer each have a completely new look for the fall. I often mix mediums, with live plants, miniature hay bales, gourds, and pumpkins, or various designs including weather-safe decorations. My goal is to make a new design for each and every pot that I decorate.

For this container idea, I wanted to create a scarecrow.  I opted for artificial flowers, and accessories. You can create this look with seasonal decorations from a craft store like Michaels Crafts.  The centerpiece I used is a quirky fall directional stake, with a painted slate door decoration propped up against it. To complete the harvest theme, I planted a mum in the back, with artificial wheat, apples, and “fall pics” (seasonal clusters of decorations on a floral wrapped wire base) to fill in around the side. I chose to opt out of dried flowers, and dried wheat heads for this location, since this design is in a location open to wind and rain, and the dried flowers rot quickly in those conditions.

Your Thoughts: Do you mix mediums in your seasonal pots?  Would you enjoy seeing more of this type of mixed design featured here at greengardenista?moz screenshot Fall/Autumn Container Garden Design Idea: Scarecrow #001