I created this fall porch decor set up to help welcome guests into our home.
Fall is upon us here in the midwest. The cooler temps have crept in and brought with them the nostalgic feels of the season. This time of year brings out the home lover in many of us, and we begin a nesting of sorts in preparation of time spent with family and friends.
Why Fall Porch Decor?
Do you decorate your home for fall? Your porch should be one of the areas you think about including! Bringing fall decor to your doorstep is one of the ways you can create a warm welcoming feel for guests in your home. This is your home’s first impression, and we all know the power in a first impression.
This space should be full and dynamic. It should look as if it is saying, “welcome, come on in!”. I realize, not everyone may know just how to create that feeling of warmth that will welcome guests with pumpkins, mums, and other decor items. That’s where I’d like to come in!
With the help of some of my local friends and businesses, I have created a guide for you in creating a fall porch display that can be easily transitioned through Halloween and Thanksgiving (which we all know is COMING – and faster than we think!).
Use Mums for Your Fall Porch Decor
Mums are fall blooming flowers. It is ideal to wait until the late summer heat passes and the cooler weather moves in before buying. Usually mid-September or early October is the best time.
How Long Will my Mums Last?
Mums will typically last for approximately 4-6 weeks in cooler weather. If the weather is too warm, they will not last as long. This is another reason why it is best to wait for cooler weather to arrive before buying.
How do I pick a good Mum?
Choosing a good Mum plant is all about longevity. Of course, Johnson Farms has the best selection of mums in the Kansas City area. They have a wide variety in color and type of mum. Choose budding mums for a longer bloom time. You will be able to enjoy these mums for longer as they will bloom and remain. If you do decide to go with mums that are bloomed, just know that you won’t be able to enjoy them quite as long.
How Many Mums Should I Buy for My Fall Porch Decor?
This really depends on the size of your porch. Stick with anywhere from two to five mums. If you have a smaller porch two mums on either side of your door will be plenty. I like using larger mums because they are an eye catcher and statement. Then, you have the option of adding in smaller mums for a more full look.
What Color Mums Look Best?
Johnson Farms has the best selection of colorful mums. So you really can go with whatever color you feel fits best with your landscaping. Consider what color your landscaping is and then choose complementary colors. For yards with lots of green, I suggest mums that are pink, purple, or even white. Whatever colors you go with, be sure they are complementary colors (reds, oranges, burgundies).
How Should I Care for my Mums?
Mums love the sun, so they should be placed in an area where they can get ample sunlight. They should be watered frequently. The soil in your mum plants should always be moist. Be sure they can drain well, and do not stay wet (more on that below).
You all know by now that I am not a plant lady. So when it comes to these things, I have to call in my friends who are the experts! My friend, Heather, is another Kansas City local and has a style and plant blog over at www.lifegardenstyle.com. She gave me some great tips when it comes to caring for your mums!
Heather’s tip on watering mums, “be sure you water mums at the soil rather than the flowering part of the Mum. This allows the moisture to get right into the roots. Watering the flowering part of the Mum will limit it’s lifespan.
Something interesting I learned when researching mum care, was that mums actually need the night time darkness in order to grow and bloom. This means they should be kept away from any street lights or house lights that stay on all night.
Remove fading blooms that begin to wilt and turn brown, this will allow for regrowth of new blooms and longevity for your mums. This is often called dead-heading. It’s recommended to use the proper tools for this rather than pulling the blooms off with your hands as to avoid damaging the stem.
Heather suggests planting your mums in the ground at the end of the season. She says, “you can add them in the ground when you are done using them in your containers and they will come back next year because they are a perennial.”
Where Can I Find Good Mums?
Try a local farm or nursery. Ours are from Johnson Farms in Kansas City, Missouri. They are some of the best mums I have ever owned. In addition to the fact that they have amazing mums, the farm itself is an experience for the whole family to enjoy. We make a family day of it and take the kids out for pumpkin and apple picking, hay rides, petting animals, and playing on all of their playgrounds and activities.
Add Layers and Heights
In order to give your porch decor a more complete look, consider using items like baskets, buckets, or crates. These are all things that resemble fall. Baskets can be woven baskets or apple picking baskets (it is apple picking season, after all!). Crates are another option too because they can be used as lifts for your mums or pumpkins.
If you’ve been around for a bit, you may know that I’m a frequent antique store shopper. I like to stop into my favorite local place each week just to see if anything calls my name. On one of my recent trips, I spied several galvanized buckets and knew I could use those for my set up. So when I had a plan in place, I headed back on the hunt for several of them.
These are really a great investment because I will be able to reuse them each year. Whatever you choose, be sure it is something that will allow your mums to drain well. If they are not given ample draining, it will be difficult to keep them alive. Remember that mums need to be well watered but they should only be moist and not overwatered.
I asked Ry to help me drill the holes in the bottom of the buckets so our mums could drain. He used his sheet metal drill bit on his Ryobi drill to quickly make about five holes in the bottom of each bucket.
Choose sturdy woven baskets to withstand weather on your porch. Of course metal baskets are also a great outdoor option. Vintage metal baskets are an easy antique store find and will add a lot of character to your porch display.
You can put your mums in the baskets or you can store a bunch of smaller tiny pumpkins in them. They are great for either!
Other great items to use when decorating your porch for fall:
Vintage Butter Churn
Small stool or ladder
The best local selection of pumpkins is at Johnson Farms! Their patch provides a great variety!
Go early in the season to get the best selection of pumpkins at the patch. You don’t want to be the last one in town to go pick and get everyone’s leftovers. Plus, the earlier you go the more time you will have to enjoy them!
While you can most certainly get pumpkins from most stores this time of year, you’ll be better off going to the pumpkin patch. Our family loves locally owned, Johnson Farms in Belton, MO. Their pumpkin patch is a you-pick patch. They always have a great selection and make it easy and simple to pick as many pumpkins as your heart desires. Not to mention that it’s an adventure for the entire family. This trip to the pumpkin patch is an annual family tradition. There is so much for the kids to do. Everything from playgrounds to the corn pit, animals to pet, and let’s not forget the amazing pumpkin donuts.
If you’re looking for pumpkins that will make your porch look perfectly curated, I have a few tips for you to consider as you hunt.
- Look for pastel colored or white pumpkins. These pumpkins go with the natural farmhouse look and will blend really well with any color of mum you decide to go with.
- Look for the flatter shaped pumpkins. These pumpkins are pretty and stack really easily.
- Check for bad spots. No one likes a rotten pumpkin. Especially if you’re buying early, you want them to last throughout the season.
- Check the stem, don’t skip over the perfect pumpkin just because the stem is broken. You can always glue it back on!
I love to hunt for lanterns that might be a little different than the typical ones you might find at the store. These beauties are from RE.
Use the Layered Doormat Look in Your Fall Porch Decor
Your doormat is an easy and quick way to dress your home for the seasons. A doormat can be easily changed and is typically an affordable purchase. Target has some of my favorite doormats for around $12. If I am looking for a specific saying or style of doormat, I will first do a Google search and then I usually end up finding exactly what I want on Etsy.
Change up your doormat from season to season. It’s a cheap and cute way to keep it fresh.
The layered doormat look is a really popular way to add in a pattern or color to your curb appeal. I like to start with a black and white striped or plaid first layer. Then I will change out the top coir doormat. These are the popular beige/brown doormats that often have cute sayings or pictures on them. I actually wrote a post about different doormat pairings that you can read here. I share some of my favorite pairings and any of them can be altered just a bit for fall. Currently I have a plaid first layer and a top coir layer that says, “hello pumpkin.”
Our porch can be the first impression we make on our guests. Why not make sure it says, “come on in and stay awhile.” And now, with fall upon us, go grab your mums, hunt for some beautiful pumpkins, and stop by your favorite antique store to see what speaks to you.
I like to use battery powered candles that turn on at dusk for a cozy effect in the evenings.
I would love to see your porches this fall! Be sure to join the Life + Style Collective on Facebook before you go so you can share!
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