Season 2 • Episode 17 - September 14, 2023

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Fall is here and it is time to start decorating for the season. Welcoming people (or trick-or-treaters) to your home during the fall is a great way to signal the change of the season. We dropped by Al's Garden & Home in Wilsonville (503-855-3527) to talk with Peter about some ideas on how to do that. Peter was joined by Annie from the Al’s design team to show us different types of decorations for our front porch. She worked as Peter talked about the placement of the fall container as part of an overall design for your front patio or porch. He mentioned the rule of triangles. The eye is drawn to triangles, whether triangles of color or height, and her decorative elements were used to create that shape. Pumpkins were stacked to create a triangle. Tall corn stalks were combined with the millet in the containers and then down to smaller pots of mums to create the desired shape. The shades also worked well together to create a wonderful and visually stimulating triangle of color.

We then moved to creating seasonal plants to create large living containers to decorate for the season. At this time of year, those summer annuals are looking a little tired and they can use some freshening up. Some of the plants he recommended go perfectly with the colors of fall. It starts with large plants to create a focal point and then spills down to filler plants and then ends with seasonal spiller plants. In the past we have built containers with a Cyprus, Osmanthus, Heuchera, pansies and cyclamens. These plants can handle the cold and will do well through the next few months. To add some seasonal flavor for the upcoming holidays, we can add mini-lights, holly branches, and other holiday color décor to brighten things up. They can then be removed for the winter, and you still have a wonderful container on your patio. When spring comes you can remove some of the tired older plants and use spring annuals for a new color pop! A benefit with winter containers is that you don’t have to worry as much about sun or shade plants. With the shortened daylight hours, there is not a huge amount of sun. The final touch for your container is the addition of spring flowering bulbs. Plant these before you get your planter filled and they will surprise you in a few months when they pop up between those winter perennials. Some other tips to follow; look for buds instead of flowers, especially on mums. The buds mean that more flowers are coming so your plant and container will look better longer. We also noticed that tiny decorative squash also added to the autumn feel in a container.

If you are looking for ideas on changing your fall décor be sure to stop by any of the four Al’s Garden and Home locations in the Portland Metro area. They also have a full slate of classes happening through the fall to get you in the mood for the season. Plus they are also holding their Biggest Sale of the Year through October 18th.

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