It is ninety degrees here in Georgia and how in the world are we supposed to make our front porches look like fall. Basically it is too hot to plant pansies or violas so I thought I would share some of my favs.
This is a container I created for a cover try. For those who don’t know about a cover try…this is when a magazine spends countless hours trying to find the right picture to put on the cover of a magazine. This was for Southern Living magazine two years ago. Needless to say they decided to use this for their website and not the cover. It is still one of my favorite containers. I used a copper hose pot from Frontgate magazine…one of my all time favorites is decorating with copper in the fall.
Fill the container with soil and place a bittersweet wreath on top of the container to create what I call a skirt. Next, layer lemon ball sedum, calypso Orange ornamental peppers, purple cabbage, cosmic yellow cosmos, and Mexican bush sage. Fuss out your stairs with heirloom pumpkins, place a bittersweet wreath on your front door…and you are ready for fall!
Did I tell you I was obsessed with copper this time of year. This is another container garden using the same pot but for a Southern Living Plant Collection photo shoot and this did make it in the magazine. I used lemon lime nandina, pixie loropetalum, coleus, and fireworks grass. Invest in a pair of faux pumpkins. Trust me me it is worth it!
We often shoot out of season…needles to say this was created in April for fall. This teal container steals the show. Do not be afraid to use contrasting containers as we were extremely pleased with the results. This is a super easy container combo and will last year-round. Plant Nandina obsession, heuchera, and creeping jenny. I never thought I would uses nandina but I have become extremely fond of it because of the texture and colors…perfect for any fall arrangment!
Sadly my front porch is not decorated…as we are in the process of digging trenches and creating a boxwood parterre.
Stay tuned and I will be sharing the progress and why we moved back to the farm!