Fall Decorating with Vegetables

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WesternGardener Jodi Torpey, contributor
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The Pumpkin House at the Dallas Arboretum shows off the bounty of the season.
A container filled with pansies, pumpkins, kale, mums and Black-eyed Susans combines the best of the fall season.
A ristra of red chile peppers makes a festive decoration while preserving the fruits for later.
Ornamental peppers, like this Black Olive, are a good start to a fall arrangement on the front porch.
Birdhouse gourds wait for a creative hand to turn them into something special for fall.
A basket filled with colorful fruits and vegetables makes a beautiful fall centerpiece.
The Pumpkin House at the Dallas Arboretum shows off the bounty of the season.Click To Enlarge

The Pumpkin House at the Dallas Arboretum shows off the bounty of the season.

Photo: Jodi Torpey

It's no secret that I love to celebrate the harvest by decorating the house for fall. There's something about warty pumpkins, unusual squash and home-made scarecrows that I'll never outgrow.

Right now all the fruits of the end-of-season vegetable garden are ripe for fall decorating and the garden centers are filled with colorful flowers. Here are 10 ideas to dress up the front yard, back patio, balcony or dining room table:

  1. Tie together fresh red peppers to create a long ristra and top with raffia.
  2. Mix ornamental kale alongside colorful fall flowers like mums and pansies. 
  3. Paint small pumpkins with faces or designs.
  4. Replace summer containers with yellow mums, sugar pumpkins, Black-eyed Susans and ornamental peppers.
  5. Stack pumpkins near the front door or line the driveway with them.
  6. Fashion a wreath from trumpet vines, Virginia creeper or another vining plant and then decorate with dried sunflower heads, colorful leaves, small pumpkins, red peppers and garlic bulbs.
  7. Surround a container of ornamental peppers with small pumpkins.
  8. Select a large open space and arrange pumpkins to create an interesting design.
  9. Fill a basket with different varieties of eggplant, colorful peppers, winter and summer squash, and Indian corn to use as a centerpiece.
  10. Toss the tired annuals from the hanging basket and fill with an ornamental sweet potato vine.

How do you use your vegetables for decorating? Please add your ideas here.

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Comments (3)

VictoriaTucker10 writes: Soo beautiful.
Posted: 1:03 am on October 18th
martinpitt writes: awesome Decorating
Posted: 2:16 pm on July 14th
johncook writes: nice shed.
Posted: 5:30 am on April 1st
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