As the weather finally cools over the next few weeks and the leaves start to change, welcome the opportunity to embrace the natural essence that is autumn decorating.
The bright pinks and purples of our summer gardens are giving way to more rustic earthy tones, where once your carefully manicured garden used to welcome you home, now the focus can shift to the front door.
As far as I’m concerned, "more is better" for fall decoration. Your front door should be the mouth of the proverbial cornucopia of your home. All the fruits of your harvest cascading out the door and down the steps.
Fill your baskets and pots with gourds, pumpkins and shocks of wheat. Don’t let those beautiful hydrangea you’ve been growing all summer go to waste. Place fresh cut hydrangea blooms directly into your patio pots, they will hold their shape and dry nicely.
Branches of any kind are ideal for adding height. Cut birch branches from you own yard or opt for the more finished look of curly or fantail willow which can be found by the bunch at your local greenhouse or flower shop. To add texture, I also enjoy using a mix of dried or preserved stems such as Baobab or Lotus Pods with either a natural or varnished finish. Hearty Mum plants are starting to pop up everywhere. Grab these pots now before they are gone and before they’ve matured and you’ll have months still to enjoy their outdoor foliage.
I love fall door wreaths. Whether you find the perfect one here in the garden center or decide to tackle the project yourself at home, be sure to make it the focal point of your entry way. I like to pair an exotic ribbon with common dried materials like crespedia and cattails. Choose carefully and your wreath and ribbon can easily transcend the seasons and give you a head start on your holiday décor.
The Flower Shop at Linder's Garden Center will be having fall demonstrations and hands on classes of all kinds. Check back on our 'Seminars' page in the next few weeks to sign-up.
written by: Britta, Floral Designer at Linder's Garden Center