The crisp golden days of autumn are perfect for gardening activities. After all, it’s harvest time, when we celebrate the gifts of the garden. This is the time of year to change up your outdoor decor, a time to add seasonal style alongside your favorite fall pumpkins and mums, and refresh your landscape before winter.
For inspiration, we looked to Pinterest for the top gardening trends for fall and here’s what we found:
1. Pumpkins. Lots and lots of your favorite gourd, in colors from white to orange and in all shapes and sizes. Pumpkins can be carved into Jack O’Lanterns or painted, or heaped together in an artful jumble.
2. Front Porch Decor. For autumnal curb appeal, pile on the mums, pumpkins and flowering kale. Use straw bale as a base and accent it with unusual gourds for a display that will last through Thanksgiving. It’s easy to add a few spooky elements such as ghosts and Jack O’Lanterns that can be removed once Halloween is over, leaving a harvest-themed front porch.
3. Raised garden beds. Sometimes Pinterest can motivate as well as inspire. In this case, get motivated to install low maintenance, space-saving, raised garden beds. They are a very efficient way to grow vegetables and cut flowers.This garden style cuts down on pests and weeds, too. If you’ve always wanted raised garden beds, put them on your to-do list this fall.
4. Lists of Fall Garden Chores. Raking leaves is just the beginning. Fall is also the perfect time to install new trees and shrubs, overseed and fertilize the lawn, prune trees and shrubs, mulch garden beds, put away hoses and organize the tool shed.
5. Miniature and Fairy Gardens. Pinterest is full of inspiration for fairy gardens, including the Garden Club’s Scary Fairy Garden, which features a Venus flytrap, a skeleton and a hypertufa hand rising from the earth. Get inspired and create your own haunted Halloween mini-masterpiece.
6. Scarecrows. Every holiday needs a mascot, and the scarecrow just might be the one for this season. Purchase a ready-made scarecrow, or make your own using our instructions and repurposed materials. Settle the little fella in a harvest display created with hay bales embellished with pumpkins and seasonal flowers like marigolds and mums.
A bonus trend:
Fall is the season to plant bulbs for late winter and early spring blooms. Pot up a container full of bulbs for a succession of colorful blooms. Learn more about layering bulbs in pots.