COVER: PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY BRIE WIL­LIAMS

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Bright and ver­sa­tile pot­ted mums (Den­dran­thema hy­brids) are avail­able in a wide range of col­ors in fall, and they love cool weather. Same goes for pump­kins, win­ter squashes, and gourds (Cu­cur­bita species). But none of these can with­stand very warm or freez­ing weather. In hot cli­mates af­ter­noon shade is ad­vis­able, and if frost is fore­cast move your lovelies in­doors.

Try these easy and in­ex­pen­sive de­sign tips for cre­at­ing a stylish and fes­tive fall dis­play: 1. Add depth and in­crease in­ter­est by el­e­vat­ing your ar­range­ments on ta­bles, shelves, chairs, or win­dow boxes. 2. Pro­vide pretty—and sta­bi­liz­ing— rest­ing spots for pump­kins and gourds with grapevine wreaths, wide planters, pails, or bird­baths. 3. Mix col­ors and sizes for ex­cit­ing con­trast and greater vis­ual in­ter­est. 4. Dress up the drab plas­tic pots of pur­chased mums by slipping vin­tage seed bags over them or pop­ping them into olive buck­ets or other vin­tage con­tain­ers— no re­plant­ing nec­es­sary.

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