The girls, my mom and I headed to the plant store to deck out our front porch. We picked up ALL the fall plants and I was so excited to put them out! We found the most gorgeous pink and coral mums and I couldn't leave a single one behind. Now that the girls are a little bit older, they love helping out with projects like these. It's difficult to keep their attention for too long, but they are super into gardening since it's something I also love. I put together some super easy fall planter ideas that you can involve your toddlers in too!
We got the girls involved in picking out our mums. They loved taking the time to find the perfect one! The store we were at had an amazing deal. Pint sized mums were all $1! We chose a few of those to add to our planter. They even had some huge mums already planted on clearance! When choosing plants for our pots, I like to do something with height for the middle, one or two trailing plants, and then a few small accents for pops of color. I chose to do a mix of colors for this pot, but sometimes I'll stick to more of a color theme. I've done all purples, all pinks, reds, etc. Both are fun!
When I put together our fall planters, I use the same pots I used for our summer pots. I will pull out our old summer plants (or even save some if there is greenery or trailing plants that still look good). Then, I'll pull out the top few inches of soil and put in our garden (since it's still good!). Then, I'll add some more fresh soil. I always get the huge bags of organic miracle grow soil from Costco. Two bags will usually last me all Summer and into Fall.
First, I put the tallest plant in the center. I chose the purple aster (which is sort of like a mum) for the center of our pot.
Next, I added in the trailing plant. For this pot, I chose a cute little fern! This one is a perennial, so it will come back each year (I'll keep it in there when I transition to Spring).
Finally, I add in the accents. We went with a fall pansy (I got another one for a smaller plant that I paired with a yellow mum. I love purple and yellow together!), a pink mum and a yellow mum, and then an ornamental pepper. I love those for fall.
The finished product! Once ornamental cabbage arrives in stores, I'll pick up a couple of those to add to this pot. I also love adding mini pumpkins inside the pot for decor. I like my pots overstuffed! I'll have to do a before and after once all the plants grow!
I got the above blue planter at Home Goods. My mom and I actually got it in Chicago when I lived in Indiana. We drove it across the country to where it is now in Oregon!
Front Porch Hangs
The girls love hanging out on the front porch and acting crazy in our yard for all to see. I love decorating our porch, especially for Fall! We need to get to the pumpkin patch to really deck it out!