15 easy pumpkin arrangements
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.
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.
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.
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.
All make ideal partners for light-colored pumpkins. Coleus are best in warm climates and need to be brought indoors before the first frost.
Display squash next to curvy vases to play up their shape.