Thank you to The Home Depot for collaborating on today’s post and helping me create our fall front porch. As always, opinions are 100% my own.
Perhaps you’re still getting summer temperatures where you live, but we’re in to full fledged fall around here! Leaves are starting to descend from tree tops and sunsets are occurring a little earlier with each passing day.
I know how difficult it is to say good-bye to summer. I adore the warmer weather, al fresco dining, evening chit chats around the fire, and so much more! However, fall brings a whole new selection of favorites like pumpkin spice lattes, butternut squash soup, cozy sweaters, season premieres, and, of course, new decor!
When it came to transitioning our home from summer to fall, I decided to start with our front porch. I enjoyed how it looked all summer long with its fresh blue, white and yellow color scheme, but the plants were looking tired by the end of August, and I was definitely ready for a new look.
In the past, I’ve opted for traditional fall colors like burnt orange, crimson, and golden yellow to decorate our front porch, but with a southwest facing house, those colors tended to fade quickly. This time, after taking a trip to the garden centre at The Home Depot, I was inspired to try warm pinks and purples along with pale yellows to see if they’d hold up a bit better. That’s the thing with annuals, you can play around with different colors since they’re temporary.
Putting together our fall front porch was quick and easy. We already had a good foundation in place including a new door color, freshened up stain, yellow painted bench and tall grey planter. These elements tend to work well season after season.
My jumping off point for the entire scheme was this pink and yellow oversized garden mum that reminded me of a golden wheat field just before dusk (yes, I’m a farm-raised girl). I couldn’t stop at one of these gorgeous plants, so I picked up the pale yellow color too!
Don’t worry if you can’t find pots large enough to transplant them into. The fall growing season is short-lived and you can simply wrap the ones they come in with burlap and jute string, or simply place them in an apple basket or wooden crate.
The Home Depot also had a variety of garden mums in a smaller size. I knew the soft purple one would look great in an old crock I acquired from my husband’s aunt earlier this summer.
For our tall planter by the door, I added Miracle Grow potting mix, lined the top with more burlap and cut slits to be able to plant ornamental kale and autumn sedum, which will bloom later this fall.
A quick trip to the grocery store and I had some gourds to use as filler. Most likely, I’ll add some white pumpkins later in the season.
Be sure to reuse your summer plants if they’re still looking healthy and vibrant. Rosemary is a cold hardy herb that will often last until winter.
Also, think about what else you already have on hand that can be incorporated into your decorating scheme. A pillow? A door mat? That’s what makes everything come together all on budget.
And makes letting go of summer a little easier, right?
Looking for more fall decorating ideas? Take a look at how Angie from Echoes of Laughter transformed her front porch using traditional fall colors. So gorgeous!
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