Fall Decoration Accents

Decorated Table on a front porch

Decorated table on a front porch

Mums and pumpkins accent this entry

Mums and pumpkins accent this entry.

Close up of pumpkin stack and garden mum planter

Close-up of pumpkin stack and garden mum planter

Ever noticed that some fall decorations simply look better than others. Above are two examples of making the fall decorations look great. If you have a table on your porch, it is the perfect place to gather a collection of pumpkins, gourds, and squash and arrange them around a large planter. The one shown has a variety of succulents and other plants that are not seasonal, so the color and beauty comes from the fall fruits. Most of us have ours flanking our entry door or on one side of the door. In the one shown here, not only are the decorations balanced, the piece on the door completes the scene. Here, the mums match, but the fall fruits are mixed. They are not symmetrical but still balanced.

Here are several tips to help you make your fall display a success:

  • Stick with one color of mum or fall fruit as you biggest element. Let color diversity be in the smaller elements.
  • If you are using a single item, try to get matching plants or fruits. Topiary (stacked) pumpkins are rarely symmetrical, so do only one and try to balance it with another or several items with equal volume.
  • Don’t go color crazy. Mixed colors are the hardest to compose. If you want lots of colors, make sure you have one dominant color that carries through the composition
  • When you think it is finished, stand back and see what your guests and neighbors will see. If you don’t like it, move things around and recompose the decorations.

John Floyd

John Floyd has been gardening--and learning about Birmingham area gardening--for more than 30 years. In addition to his day-to-day experience, John has degrees in horticulture from Auburn and Clemson Universities and was Editor-in-Chief of Southern Living.

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