Nothing says Welcome like a bouquet of seasonal color at your door.
But come November first, that mum and pansy thing may have seen better days. Let's face it, this time of year even the best of fall arrangements need a little TLC!
Now is the perfect time to freshen your front door decor and create a warm, wonderful welcome for your Thanksgiving guests.
And an elegant, cold-hardy container of fall hues and textures is just the way to do it!
From stylish pots to weather resistant blooms and greens, creating a late fall arrangement is simple, affordable and just what you need to brighten those dreary November days. Here's how!
Give that terra cotta a rest. With all the fabulous containers available today, it's a sin to rely on the same-old, same-old year after year. Your planter makes just as much of a design statement as what goes in it. Start the holiday season with a fresh new look!
One of my favorite estate sale steals is a french iron container that has lived on my bluestone front porch the last three seasons. Its sophisticated, clean lines totally fit my home's aesthetic. And it makes every arrangement just a bit more interesting and unique. It easily transitioned from spring to summer and on through fall, and is now adding a fresh edge to my Thanksgiving arrangement before it retires for a well deserved rest in winter storage.
Find a multi-tasker of your own that will update your look and continue to add interest to every planting.
Don't Reinvent The Wheel.
My secret weapon for keeping my container low maintenance? Reuse and repurpose.
That french iron planter? The base is feathered with a perennial or two that miraculously show up every year, intertwined with fillers and trailing greens originally planted in my spring arrangement, that worked with my summer plantings and continue to also accent my fall pots.
Think three seasons ahead when you're purchasing your spring plant material and you'll save time and money in the long run.
Belly Up To The Salad Bar.
Mums are so 5 years ago. Why not spice it up?
There's a reason so many of today's containers look more like veggie gardens than flower arrangements: Ornamental kale and cabbages add texture, deep, rich colors and a fun, contemporary flair to any planter. And are also great choices for those of us in chilly climates like Chicago--they're frost, dog and deer resistant.
Add a few hardy blooms, berries, pumpkins or gourds for a pop of color--and you have an eye-catching container that would make any Chrysanthemum envious.