Transform the natural beauty of the season into show-stopping curb appeal
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Thomas J. Story
Autumn is the time when change is inevitable. We can feel it in a crisp breeze, smell it on fallen leaves, and see it in our gardens. Cuttings from the harvest make for beautiful floral displays. Strands of herbs can be used for garlands before being dried. Leaves, berries, and rose hips can be made into beautiful seasonal wreaths. For texture, go with the simplicity of driftwood and succulents.
If small decorative gourds are beckoning you from the farmers' market, this is a way to make a decorative garland that can be used inside or outdoors. You’ll need a long, heavy gauge needle, fishing line, and hammer and nails to hang. From Branches & Blooms by Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo of Studio Choo. Photographs by Paige Green. Published by Artisan, New York.
As Floret Farm is prepping to let the garden go dormant, they set aside bits and pieces, like fruiting branches, pods, rose hips, and bittersweet for seasonal wreaths. Author and farmer Erin Benzakein advises, “These twiggy creations are intended to represent the unruly nature of the season.” Excerpted from Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden, Chronicle Books 2017.
This simple outdoor décor for entertaining and celebrations can have a big impact when multiple glass globes are strung. Each has a small clipping from a succulent, which can be replanted after the event, and a tea candle. You can try staggering the globes at different heights or make them more uniform.