15 easy pumpkin arrangements

Bring on the magic of fall with beautiful pumpkin arrangements (no carving!)

Reds and oranges

Thomas J. Story

Reds and oranges

Here, red-orange pumpkins mingle with glory lilies, pomegranates, red winter berries, and ― most surprisingly ―  golden and cherry tomatoes.

Neutrals

Thomas J. Story

Neutrals

The sculptural quality of white pumpkins really pops against wood paneling. White anemones and an assortment of seedpods, leaves, and acorns in a medley of browns complement them here. Try propping some pumpkins vertically for added height and texture.

Yellows and golds

Thomas J. Story

Yellows and golds

Striped yellow pumpkins lend a lighthearted twist to the traditional fall palette. Combine them with yellow Iceland poppies, kumquats, and grapefruits in a sunlit space; leave citrus leaves and twisted pumpkin stems intact for a just-picked feel. 

Mixed greens

Thomas J. Story

Mixed greens

Miniature striped green-and-yellow pumpkins join a trio of copper vases and a casual arrangement of red, orange, and yellow flowers. It's all about fall color ― without a maple leaf or corncob in sight.  

Pale greens and whites

Thomas J. Story

Pale greens and whites

No need to fall back on clichés. These two luminous, deeply ribbed pumpkins, paired with crystal wine decanters and a collection of fall seedpods, create a fresh modernist tableau.

Color them natural

Thomas J. Story

Color them natural

All pumpkins have south-of-the-border roots. It's no surprise their most subtle orange tints team up perfectly with the silvery green of succulents to create a western feel. Vivid orange orchids add an original splash of fall color.

Simple and natural

Thayer Allyson Gowdy

Simple and natural

When the seasonal bounty is this gorgeous, it's best to leave well enough alone.

That's the thinking behind these casual arrangements of pumpkins and squash in their fresh-from-the-vine state, assembled in minutes at the Apple Farm in Philo, California. Mixed with leaves, berries, and fruits clipped from the garden (or readily available at florists and grocery stores), plump pumpkins and winter squash dress up a porch or patio table.

Garden harvest

Thayer Allyson Gowdy

Garden harvest

A weathered wood farm table provides the perfect backdrop for this grouping. Some tips:

Add height A terra-cotta bowl forms the base, elevating a mound of persimmons above the rest of the arrangement.

Contrast shapes Persimmon leaves and branches jut out at various angles, breaking up the roundness of the fruit.

Contrast color Creamy acorn squash provides the finishing touch.

Pumpkin tabletop

Thayer Allyson Gowdy

Pumpkin tabletop

Position your arrangement at one corner of the table for a more casual look. Some tips:

Create a base Start with a trio of standard pumpkins (odd numbers create a more pleasing display).

Play with texture and scale A miniature 'Munchkin' pumpkin at one end provides visual contrast. Two kinds of rose hips resemble miniature pumpkins.

Tuck in fringe Birch twigs with leaves attached surround the central display.

More fall color tips

Christina Schmidhofer

More fall color tips

Pick one color from your home's exterior ― such as the porch, trim, or brick pavers ― and let it set the palette for the decor you choose. With all of the vibrant colors and textures of fall, a warm and inviting entry couldn't be easier to create.

Cool harvest greens For this entry, yellow and green gourds and squash fill honey-colored baskets and sit among bluish gray pumpkins. A spray of wisteria leaves embellishes the front door; yellow and green oak leaves on branches fan out from a bucket just to the right of the front door.
 

 

Twilight white with silver

Christina Schmidhofer

Twilight white with silver

As the sun sets, white pumpkins and potted white violas capture the fading daylight as no color can. Terra-cotta pots are painted silvery gray to match the porch.

Moody purples with lime

Christina Schmidhofer

Moody purples with lime

Pots in different shades of green set the stage for this composition. Purple-flowered Johnny-jump-ups fill three of them; the fourth one holds coleus, whose chartreuse leaves are veined with dark purple.

All make ideal partners for light-colored pumpkins. Coleus are best in warm climates and need to be brought indoors before the first frost.

Rust and orange

Christina Schmidhofer

Rust and orange

Plump orange pumpkins are clustered on brick steps along with a scattering of reddish liquidambar leaves. Branches of bittersweet holding red and yellow berries fill the rust-colored buckets behind.

Gourds with glitz

Thomas J. Story

Gourds with glitz

To gild a pumpkin, squash, or gourd, start by covering the area you want to remain orange with painter’s tape. Place in a box and spray a coat of gold paint on one side. Let dry, then turn and paint the other side. Remove tape when dry. For a slightly more textured finish, skip the spray and paint a few coats of gold acrylic paint on the squash with a foam brush.

Display squash next to curvy vases to play up their shape.

Pumpkin pots

Thomas J. Story

Pumpkin pots

Round pumpkins or squash with flat bottoms, such as kabocha or Italian stripe, make great vessels for plants. Cut off the top third and hollow out the bottom two-thirds, leaving about an inch of flesh all the way around. Add a small amount of potting soil, then arrange succulents inside. Fill in any gaps with more potting soil. Use a small paring knife to cut a thin layer off the rim for a clean look. When the pumpkin or squash is past its prime, repot the succulents.

Squash for decorating

Thayer Allyson Gowdy

Squash for decorating

Clockwise from top left: 'New England Pie' pumpkin; 'Lumina' pumpkin; 'Table Ace' acorn squash; 'Lil' Pump-ke-Mon' mini pumpkin

Squash for decorating

Thayer Allyson Gowdy

Squash for decorating

Clockwise from left: Butternut squash; 'Mini Green Hubbard'' squash; 'Rouge Vif d'Etampes' pumpkin 

Squash for decorating

Thayer Allyson Gowdy

Squash for decorating

From left: 'Swan White' acorn squash; 'Mystic Plus' pumpkin

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