Get the most out of your fall flowers, even after the first frost by displaying them in fun and innovative ways throughout November and beyond. Here are seven seasonal ideas to get you started.
Mums: Bring in potted mums before autumn night frosts. Display on a plant stand or end table. The plants may be moved back outside during the day as long as daytime temperatures stay above freezing. If the potted mums are too large to easily move inside, simply cover with old sheets or pillowcases at night when a frost is expected, and remove the sheets when the sun warms the air in the morning.
Kale: These interesting purplish clusters may be brought indoors long after the fall and displayed indefinitely in cool , sunny spots.
Bittersweet: Bittersweet is an invasive berry vine that — although pretty — can be messy due to the soft make up of the berries when used in indoor flower arrangements. However, bittersweet is right at home in outdoor arrangements such as in urns, baskets and woven around twig wreaths or fences. Read more about the beautiful bittersweet vine.
Flower Arrangement in a Pumpkin: Hollow out a leftover Halloween pumpkin or gourd and insert a small vase. Fill the vase ¾ full with water. Snip clusters of chrysanthemums to add to the vase. For added fall appeal accent with curly willow twigs or bright orange Chinese lantern plants.
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Nature in a Bowl: The next time you go for a walk, be on the lookout for fallen pine cones, chestnuts, dry milkweed pods, rosehips and wayward acorns. Fill a basket with a collection of these plant gifts from nature and display on a coffee table. For added scent appeal, toss a few cinnamon sticks and cloves into the mix.
Dried Hydrangeas: Hydrangeas dry quickly and retain their structure. When dry, they take on a brownish hue perfect for fall décor. They look lovely in a rustic pitcher or large pottery vase, and once thoroughly dry can be used year after year.
Corn Husks and Indian Corn: Cut groupings of corn husks to fit in a large vase for a centerpiece display. Tie the husks together with burlap, hemp string or raffia. Use floral wire to twist colorful ears of dried Indian corn on to the husk cluster.