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.
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)
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.
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.
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.