Dress Up Your Porch for Fall

Whip up beautiful autumn arrangements for your porch with these Jntuanantapur "recipes."

Fall Porch Decorations

Fall Porch Decorations

If you don't have a garden, look for cornstalks, gourds and other fall decorations at farmers' markets and roadside stands.

Photo by: Garden Answer

Garden Answer

If you don't have a garden, look for cornstalks, gourds and other fall decorations at farmers' markets and roadside stands.

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This fall, let flowers and foliage in autumnal colors welcome visitors (and Halloween trick-or-treaters) to your door. Look for fresh plants at your nursery or garden center, or harvest acorn squash, pumpkins, gourds and other long-lasting veggies from your garden. 

When your pastel plants move off-stage, replace them with  yellow-gold, purple, crimson and orange flowers and foliage. We’ve got five gardening “recipes” to help you decorate any size porch for fall.

1. Make a Quick and Easy Arrangement

Pansies and Pumpkins

Pansies and Pumpkins

Cool Wave pansies like these need at least a half-day of full sun. Try them in window boxes for your fall displays, too.

Photo by: Ball Horticultural Company

Ball Horticultural Company

Cool Wave pansies like these need at least a half-day of full sun. Try them in window boxes for your fall displays, too.

You don’t even have to get your hands dirty to create this fall display. Just drop a pot of pretty pansies into a slightly larger container. (You may need to put something in the bottom of the pot, like another upside down pot, to lift the pansies above the rim.) Then stage the scene with pumpkins in a few interesting shapes and sizes. Optional:  add a straw bale. Echo the display on the other side of your front door, or not; it looks good either way. Tip: After your pumpkin wilts, transplant to your garden, where their long stems will spread over the ground.

2. Plant a Pumpkin 

If you don’t mind a little pumpkin goo, this display doesn’t require dirt or digging, although you will need a sharp knife. Simply remove the top of a pumpkin and scoop out some of the flesh and seeds. Then drop in a pot of pansies. When you’re ready to water them, lift the pot out of the pumpkin so excess water can drain away.

Cool Wave white pansies

Cool Wave white pansies

Choose a pumpkin with a flattened bottom for your planter. When the pumpkin fades, toss it in the compost pile and transplant the pansies to another container or the garden.

Photo by: Ball Horticultural Company

Ball Horticultural Company

Choose a pumpkin with a flattened bottom for your planter. When the pumpkin fades, toss it in the compost pile and transplant the pansies to another container or the garden.

Surround your pumpkin planter with more fall vegetables, and add a container or a half-barrel of pansies in a complementary color. Tip: for a cohesive look, stick to two or three flower colors on your porch. If you prefer, you can put soil in the scooped-out pumpkin and plant the pansies directly in it. 

3. Go Big on a Large Porch

Fall Porch Decorations

Fall Porch Decorations

If a rustic look isn't your style, glam up your pumpkins and gourds with metallic gold or silver spray paint, or use white pumpkins with black accessories.

Photo by: Garden Answer

Garden Answer

If a rustic look isn't your style, glam up your pumpkins and gourds with metallic gold or silver spray paint, or use white pumpkins with black accessories.

Bigger spaces give you a bigger canvas for your fall decorations. Here, wicker baskets hold multi-colored crotons, ‘Autumn Glow Bronze' mums, 'Sangria' ornamental peppers, and purple fountain grass adds height, while spill over the sides of the containers. Pumpkin-shaped candy buckets anchor the display and dried cornstalks lean against porch columns.  

Under the porch roof, containers of  are underplanted with , and .  Tip: Buy mums with buds that are just starting to open, so your display will last longer.

4. Top a Table

Fall Flowers

Fall Flowers

Flammable porch decorations and real candles don't mix. Opt for battery-operated lights and lanterns instead.

Photo by: ProvenWinners.com

ProvenWinners.com

Flammable porch decorations and real candles don't mix. Opt for battery-operated lights and lanterns instead.

You don’t need large containers for your fall flowers. If you’ve got a table on your porch—one that can handle getting wet when you water—make a simple but stunning arrangement like this arrangement, "Jumpin’ Gemini." It combines two 4.5-inch  and two 4.5-inch  in one 14” pot. kalanchoes with smooth leaves, a moss-covered ball, rustic candle holders and mirrored accents provide a pleasing mix of textures and shapes. 

5. Arrange for the Shade

Flowers and Foliage for Shade

Flowers and Foliage for Shade

For best results, don't mix plants that need a lot of sun with those that take shade.

Photo by: ProvenWinners.com

ProvenWinners.com

For best results, don't mix plants that need a lot of sun with those that take shade.

Don’t despair if your porch doesn’t get much sun, especially during the autumn months. Some flowers and foliage can tolerate part sun to sun, including this combination of and .  can take sun or shade.

Want more decor? Dress up your porch with a few of these extras. If you don’t have living materials, remember: faux is fine. 

  • Dried hydrangea blooms
  • Interesting twigs 
  • Branches with colorful leaves
  • Potted ornamental kales and cabbages
  • Grapevine wreaths
  • Wheat sheaves
  • Bittersweet berries
13 FUN WAYS TO ADD FALL TOUCHES TO YOUR HOME

13 FUN WAYS TO ADD FALL TOUCHES TO YOUR HOME

Looking for a quick and easy way to add a touch of autumn to your front porch or entryway? Add a grouping of colored pillar candles along a console or entry table, varying in heights and hues.

©Rustic White Photography

Rustic White Photography

Silhouette Pumpkin

Silhouette Pumpkin

Take a different approach to pumpkin decorating by applying a silhouette. This pumpkin was first painted white to highlight the black silhouette, making it an interesting fall statement piece.

Fall Front Porch Tabelaux

Fall Front Porch Tabelaux

A beautiful array of gourds define this seasonal front porch display.

Photo by: Image courtesy of Maggie Yelton

Image courtesy of Maggie Yelton

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