Get Your Front Porch Fall Ready

Practical ideas and inspiration for a beautiful fall front porch or entryway.

Plant Inspiration

  • Crepe Myrtle that are at least 6-10 feet tall
  • Large Copper Pots
  • Pumpkins of all shapes, sizes, and colors both real and faux
  • Lambs Ear
  • Rooster Grass
  • Antherium
  • Heuchera
  • Variegated Ivy
  • Carex
  • Cabbages
  • Kales
  • Ajuga
  • Bittersweet Vine
  • Dried Oranges
  • Dried Limes
  • Large Wicker Baskets

We love love love fall on the farm! The temps here in middle Georgia are finally starting to drop and we are thriving! I love to decorate my door and porch for fall and then as Halloween and then Thanksgiving roll around, I can make changes based on the holiday. Today I want to give you some inspiration for your fall porch décor. Don’t take this as an exact recipe, but more of an idea of what ingredients go best together. Use what you have and what is local to your area and climates. I found most of my plants at my local home depot! Support your small-town hardware store if you can and purchase plants that thrive in your area.

First and foremost, invest in large scale copper pots! I truly believe this is where you need to invest in your container gardens. People often choose to skimp on their containers, but this is where the investment matters most! These containers are your eye-catching piece and can be used over and over for years! I found mine at Scott’s Antiques, of course and use them year-round. If you can’t find good true copper pots using Rustolem copper spray paint on other metal pots works great too. You can use large baskets or other planters, really whatever matches your space best!

Use the list above as a guide to some great fall plants that thrive in fall weather and even survive mild frosts and winters! The plants, especially the lambs ear and green kales and cabbages, have silver undertones that really compliment the copper hues. All of these plants can then be planted in your yard later on to enjoy all winter long.

Any young trees with colorful branches work well here, like maple or crepe myrtle. Or you can even cut large branches off an existing tree. Water everything very well before putting it all together so the soil is very moist and continue to water throughout the season. Make sure there is a hole in your container for drainage. This project is a classic stuff and shove, you won’t remove any plants from their plastic containers. I started with the tree, then added lambs ear and cabbages and kale in a triangle arrangement. Then layer your other plants and grasses on top, like carex and antherium. I try to always use gallon size plants- go big or go home!

I’ve added one of my favorite wicker baskets in front of the pot as a spilling cornucopia of pumpkins, bittersweet vine, plants, and dried oranges and limes. This aspect of your porch can be changed throughout the season for the different holidays. I used both real and faux pumpkins to combine lots of colors and textures.

Now is the perfect time to get out doors and revamp your porch décor in this lovely weather. I cannot wait to see your fall porch décor! What plants are your fall go-to’s? Share your photos with me on Facebook and Instagram at Carmen Johnston Gardens on both!