Dec­o­rat­ing with fall’s fa­vorite flower

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Tri­bune Con­tent Agency Be­fore­the­p­oin­set­tias 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. In­side out

No mat­ter whether you want to dress up your out­door liv­ing spa­ces or in­door ones, mums are right at home.

Give your porch a lift by cre­at­ing a cozy seat­ing area with a pot of mums next to your porch 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. Hedged

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. Step it up

To cre­ate an invit­ing en­try, try adding pots of mums on each step up to the front door. For a dressier look, take mums out of plas­tic pots and add to tall urns to flank your front en­try. Or try adding mums to hang­ing pots on your porch or on ei­ther side of the front door.

To make your mums look es­pe­cially invit­ing, be sure to put them in a suit­able con­tainer that adds to their charm, such as clay pots, ceramic 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.

Mums cre­ate a warm wel­come no mat­ter where you put them.

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