Looking to enhance your outdoor fall decor? Learn which fall porch plants we like the best, plus tips for displaying and maintenance.
By Shelley Wigglesworth
Sep 22 2022
Autumn plants for porches and doorways can be more than just mums. There are countless autumn blooms out there that make perfect fall porch plants, and just as many ways to display them. Whether you have a grand porch, small step, or a covered entryway, you can make any entrance to your home a beautiful, welcoming, statement with just a few great fall plantings and simple ideas on how to arrange and display them. Here are some tips and ideas to help you enhance your curb appeal just in time for the fall season!
Mums come in a variety of colors, including, rust, magenta, white and yellow and look great when a combination of two or more are grouped together and/or balanced off with ornamental kale.
These sunny and hardy annuals are sometimes variegated and have different bloom sizes, plus they are the perfect colors for fall-orange and yellow.
Sunflowers come in amazing varieties and sizes and can be purchased potted in the fall. These look very cheery alone and when grouped with other fall flowers.
SEE MORE: How to Grow Sunflowers
Deep purple with green hues and interesting texture, kale is a “must have” accent plant for outdoor fall arrangements.
Ornamental grasses add height and movement to flower displays when the wind blows as well as a touch of whimsy.
Pay close attention to sun exposure. The first step in choosing the best fall porch plants is to look at how much sunlight your porch, stoop, or doorstep receives, and choose plants accordingly. Mums are a traditional fall favorite and do well in sun or shade. They look great alone, but can really make a statement when used as an anchor plant and paired with other autumn flowers.
When displaying fall plants, why not use apple and potato baskets, old wooden boxes, hollowed-out pumpkins, or galvanized buckets as plant pots? Or, make openings in a small bale of hay and insert plant pots in the holes using the hay as an anchor. One simple way to disguise an ordinary plant pot is to wrap burlap around the pot or container and secure with twine or a gingham ribbon for an instant fall feel.
Don’t forget to have a little fun and add seasonal flair to your container gardens by adding a bunch of cornstalks, vines of Bittersweet, a small scarecrow, or a basket of colorful gourds beside your plants.
Which fall porch plants are your favorites?
This post was first published in 2016 and has been updated.