Marigolds are harbingers of autumn that add a burst of dazzle to the season. In The Flower Workshop, Ariella Chezar advises to thread a 3-8-inch Hawaiian lei or other heavy gauge needle with fishing line. To start, make a knot and tie a safety pin and then string the needle through each flower.
3 of 11Paige Green
Trees are in their full, colorful glory this time of year. This wreath from Branches & Blooms is made from a combination of 6 dogwood branches, 6 maple branches, and 6 oak branches. Start with a wire wreath frame and paddle wire. Secure a branch of one to the right side of the wire, add oak and maple, and secure with wire. Continue clockwise around the frame.
4 of 11Paige Green
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.)
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Herb Garland for Table
Gardeners harvest their herbs to dry before the first hard frost of the fall. After stringing herbs, the authors of Harvest suggest using them as decorative table garlands. Pictured here is sage that’s been fastened onto hemp twine. Then hang to dry and use the herbs throughout the winter.
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Autumnal Wreath from Clippings
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.”
7 of 11David Fenton
Petite Ugni Arrangement
Late season clippings from pruning make for unique and lovely arrangements. This one, from the book Harvest, uses foliage and flowers from Chilean guava and camellia in a small vase. Use a variegated specimen along with solid, dark leaf species. Let the small fruits cascade and add the camellia flower for a focal point.
8 of 11Erin Kunkel
Fruit and Flowers
Inspired by harvest time, the bumpy quince, modest crabapples, and smooth olives are a pulse-like contrast with showy, late blooming roses and full, lush dahlias. This arrangement is from The Flower Workshop by Ariella Chavez. She recommends using a tall vase and cutting quince and crab apple branches so they curve over the edges.
In milder climates, succulents do well year round. Because they have a shallow root system, succulents don’t require planters with much depth. This driftwood planter from Potted has an organic feel and textured beauty on its own. Use a drill with a 1-½ inch saw bit and chisel to carve out a place to plant.
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Globe Succulent with Tea Candle
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.