COVER: PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRIE WILLIAMS
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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