Dec­o­rat­ing with fall’s fa­vorite flower

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - Homespot - Broward East - - LIVING G SPACE - By Kathryn We­ber

Tri­bune Con­tent Agency Be­fore the

poin­set­tias start show­ing up and af­ter the jack-o’-lanterns have been put away, mums are still in full force un­til Thanks­giv­ing. Few things are as wel­com­ing as a pot of sim­ple mums. No mat­ter whether you choose yel­low, red, rust or purple, mums cre­ate a warm wel­come wher­ever you put them. rock­ers. Don’t over­look the backyard, ei­ther.

Add pots of mums in bushel bas­kets next to your out­door fire­place or fire pit next to some over­sized gourds or pump­kins. Tuck in smaller con­trast­ing mums next to chairs. Adding pots in odd num­bers in var­ied sizes cre­ates more vis­ual ap­peal.

Although you might be tempted to add mums in the stan­dard places, tuck­ing in a pot of mums in your in­door and out­door planters cre­ates un­ex­pected in­ter­est and depth and con­nects your planters with the sea­son. Sim­ple four- and six-inch mums tucked into green­ery cre­ates a sim­ple, yet el­e­gant, fall touch. Add mums next to your mail­box planter to cre­ate a cheery look next to the drive­way.

In­side, bring a touch of a fall to a bowl of ap­ples by pair­ing deep red mums with Granny Smith ap­ples, or a bright bunch of yel­low mums in your bowl of red ap­ples.

To pull out all the stops on your fall dec­o­rat­ing, try adding mums as a solid hedge. Mums are of­ten left in pots, but when they’re grouped to­gether in a long line, they cre­ate a blaze of color and a vi­brant spot in your land­scape and in­door dec­o­rat­ing.

Out­doors, clump pots to­gether or plant in your land­scape in a long line. Or, out­line a porch by adding pots in­side a trough planter. In­doors, try adding a small clay or ce­ramic win­dow box in your kitchen win­dow or the cen­ter of a kitchen is­land and fill in with a row of mums in small pots. Fill in empty spa­ces with sheet or Span­ish moss. planters, urns or wicker bas­kets. Even gal­va­nized buck­ets turn from cold to charm­ing by the ad­di­tion of some col­or­ful mums. Sim­ply chang­ing out the con­tainer can give a $10 mum a $50 look.

Cre­ate a warm door­way with a hang­ing bas­ket on the front door filled with mums. For more in­ter­est, add in some trail­ing ivy and you’ll have a nat­u­ral em­bel­lish­ment for your door that looks like you picked it up at a pricy florist.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Kathryn We­ber through her web­site, RedLo­tusLet­ter.com.

© 2015 Kathryn We­ber. Dis­trib­uted by Tri­bune Con­tent Agency, LLC.

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