KUSA - With frost stealing most of the color from our patios and front porches, it's time to replace it.
Employ your creativity to use what you have and embellish it with plants symbolic of the season. Pumpkins are the obvious choice, of course, and come in a variety of shapes, colors and textures. White pumpkins are gaining in popularity and make ghostly jack-o'-lanterns. "Warty"pumpkins with pronounced bumps are also delightfully creepy.
Miniature pumpkins have uses indoors and out. Push pin creativity can be used to decorate then with spider's webs, fall leaves and flowers, or decorative ribbon. This technique can also be used artfully on larger pumpkins. These look great on mantles and party tables.
One of the big trends this year is drilling jack-o'-lanterns with geometric designs. Use a hand drill and small bit to create striking patterns, or use several drill bit sizes to create your design. The walls of the pumpkin hold up better than traditional carving where big expanses are removed.
Corn stalks and hay bales set a great backdrop for displays of pumpkins and seasonal plants. Use them to contrast ornamental kale, pansies, mums, ornamental corn, ornamental peppers, black-eyed Susans, gourds and grasses. Cover these plants--and the pumpkins--to keep them safe from a deep freeze, but generally your display will last through Thanksgiving.
Plants are courtesy of Tagawa Gardens.
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