What is the number one must-have for fall decorating? It’s the pumpkin of course! It’s a mandatory staple for Halloween, but pumpkins are versatile when it comes to decorating, and they can take you all the way through the fall into Thanksgiving! Most of you are probably familiar with Howden pumpkins which are ideal for carving, or Sugar pumpkins which are common in baking, but we carry some lesser-known ‘unique pumpkins’ which make a statement in any home, or on any stoop. We’ve rounded up a list of a few of our favorite gourd-gous pumpkins just in time for fall!
One of the best pumpkins for Halloween carving or roasted seeds.
Don’t be scared, this ghostly white pumpkin is named after the friendly ghost Casper! Perfect for carving and even better for painting. Caspers provides great contrast in fall gourd and pumpkin displays. The flesh is super sweet, making it a great choice for pies and baking too!
The French heirloom Galeux D’Eysines Pumpkin is a very popular variety right now! It has a beautifully warted exterior which is a very soft muted buckskin color. It also makes for a delicious pie!
Red Warty Thing
Don’t be fooled by the peculiar appearance! Not only is this a super fall decoration, but it also has stringless, fine-grained flesh that’s excellent for eating, similar to a hubbard squash. Carve a face into it and make the most bizarre and spooky jack-o-lantern on your block!
These can be used in any pumpkin recipe. Puree to make the perfect pumpkin butter or soups or try roasting or grilling to enhance the sweet flavor.
Sugar Pumpkins are great for making soups or stuffing. It’s also great as a homemade pumpkin puree for pies.
Yes, the name derives from the fairytale as the shape of Cinderella’s carriage! This variety was reportedly cultivated by the Pilgrims for the first Thanksgiving dinner with perfect flavor for pies or winter squash recipes.
Sweet flavoring lends itself well to pie fillings, scones, and cakes. You can also use roasted pieces in risottos, salads, and pasta dishes. Dice and add to curries, soups, and stews. To showcase the unique exterior color slice into wedges leaving the skin attached and serve roasted or grilled.
Very eye-catching for holiday decorations. Deep-orange sweet flesh can be used for pies, soup, and gourmet culinary delights.
One Too Many
This pumpkin, which resembles a bloodshot eye, features delicate orange veining throughout.
This stunning ornamental squash/pumpkin features speckled, deep green stripes atop a beautiful creamy gold.
This long-lasting pumpkin looks like a flattened wheel of cheddar. Higher in nutrients and sugars, it’s always smooth-grained and has a denser flesh that will result in a better custard. You can also use chunks in your winter roasts and stews.
As our days get shorter and the nights get cooler, it’s time to start thinking about fall colors and decorating for the season!
One of our staple fall plants here at the garden center is traditional fall mums. They’re available in a wide range of colors, which means you can create a beautiful fall container to match any décor. So what pairs well with mums? Mum buddies! (Or at least that’s what we call them.) There’s really no shortage of mum companion plants, especially given the large variety of colors. We’ve rounded up a short list of just a few of our favorites.
What goes better with mums than more mums? Mix and match colors for a striking combination.
Cabbage & Kale
We love using these hearty, leafy plants in containers since they’ll continue to look great even as temperatures start to drop. They’re even known to withstand snow.
There’s a wide range of grasses you can use in your fall containers to add a touch of color, texture, and interest with varying heights. We especially love varieties that turn red and burgundy as it gets cooler.
Daisy-like blossoms, with a resemblance to a star, will give your garden a fresh new shade of color. While many fall color pallets are in the conventional red, orange, yellow, Asters offer some cool alternatives in purples, whites, and pinks.
For bright fall color which nearly resembles tie-dye, we love using Croton in our containers, and later bringing it back inside as a houseplant.
One of our favorite spring flowers makes a comeback in the fall! With lots of colors available you can match your flowers to any arrangement, or add a contrasting pop of color.
Celosia offers fun textures for your fall containers or landscapes that last all the way into the fall.
These late bloomers are great for adding fall color right as more tender plants begin to die back.
Stunning fall texture comes from both the foliage and flowers of sedum. Both drought and heat tolerant, sedum is especially ideal for late summer/early fall containers which may still be exposed to hot temperatures.
With constantly ripening fruit, you can expect to see a range of colors on one single plant, for an evolving fall display.
Once you have the perfect fall container planted up with mums and their buddies, you can pair it with pumpkins, cornstalks, hay bales, and even some Indian corn. Your space will be feeling like fall in no time! Need Help? Stop by the garden center and we can give you a hand selecting your fall plants and accessories!
Oh my gourd, pumpkins are here! That means it’s time to get decorating for fall! To get you inspired, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite ways to use pumpkins inside and out this season.
Okay, we can’t have an article about decorating with pumpkins without mentioning pumpkin carving. Carving is a classic fall activity, but if you want to mix things up, try using one of our unique pumpkins for something with extra personality.
Add Height By Stacking
We love pumpkin towers! If you’re short on time or don’t want to carve, this is the perfect solution for decorating your front stoop. Add a stack to either side of your door, and combine with a potted mum for instant fall charm.
This easy fall DIY combines two of our favorite things: flowers and pumpkins. Simply drill holes into the pumpkin and add some of your favorite flowers from around the yard.
These decoupaged pumpkins feature leaves and flowers pulled right from your garden or yard. This activity is great for the whole family (especially if you’re looking for a knife-free alternative to carving). Pro tip: When choosing a pumpkin and plants look for smoother pumpkins, and thinner, pliable plant material (ferns work really well). Try to avoid stiff, waxy leaves.
Tablescaping with Pumpkins
Get creative with fall decorating by including pumpkins and gourds as part of your table setting. You can create a centerpiece in the center of the table, or even write place settings directly on smaller Jack-Be-Littles. Mix and match with plants and other natural elements for a beautiful sophisticated setting. The sky’s the limit!
Layer With Other Fall Favorites
To have your front stoop be the envy of the neighborhood, create a layered look with your pumpkins by combining them with hay bales, corn stalks, mums, pansies, and all of your favorite fall decorations. Mix heights, colors, and textures for a space that really pops.
Repurpose Urns and Pots
Are your summer containers looking a little sad? Rather than put those planters away for the season, use them to elevate a pumpkin stack for extra drama.
Give your pumpkins a classy look by combining your pumpkins with succulents. This option makes great centerpieces, and is sure to stand out!
For something a little different and slightly more ambitious, stake together several pumpkins and gourds to create a whimsical fall pumpkin man! Have fun and try adding in a straw hat or other accessories.
Think Outside the Box
With fall decorating there are no rules! We love that you can repurpose items found around your home and use them in a new way. Here we’ve repurposed a small planter, added in some Jack-Be-Littles, and snipped off a branch from a nearby hydrangea for a unique fall look. Sometimes all you need to do is look around your house or yard to be inspired. So get out there, and enjoy decorating this fall!
Everyone knows chrysanthemums as the classic autumn annual, but people often wonder just how long they will last, and when all those buds are going to open. The answers to these questions depend heavily on temperature and the intensity and duration of sun exposure. However, we can narrow down a window where you can expect to have a nice display of beautiful fall color from your mums!
Chrysanthemums do best in a full day’s worth of direct sun but will tolerate down to a part shade setting, and they prefer cooler days.
When chrysanthemums have more buds than flowers, it takes cooler nights and sunny days to help their blooms fully open. How long that takes depends on how nice Mother Nature is to us.
When in color, under optimum conditions, you can expect your mums to bloom for about 4-6 weeks. We have early, mid, and late-season bloomers; if timed correctly, your early blooming mums will provide color from August to September, the mid-season bloomers from September to mid-October, and the late-season bloomers will finish the season off from mid-October to the first frost.
What’s your autumn joy?
Everyone’s idea of what the autumn season brings is very different.
To some, it’s pumpkin lattes and cozy warm sweaters. For others, it’s fair time and apple picking. For me, it’s just the beginning of the decorating season.
So, bring on your autumn joy and let the decorating begin.
Let’s say goodbye to summer and decorate with the warm colors of fall and create an entrance-making your guest feel cozy even before they enter your home.
The perfect outdoor look for most is the cornstalk framed door with decorative mum planters and lots of pumpkins and gourds. We can add to that by thinking outside the box a little and using things in different ways.
- Let’s use those empty summer urns and create a pumpkin stack, add some ivy or faux leaves.
- Take those macramé hangers and instead of putting pots in them put pumpkins or mums in them. They’re stunning hanging from the front of your house!
- Create a custom container or have us do it for you using colorful houseplants, such as croton with all your fall favorites and mum buddies.
Now that you’ve lead your guest inside, here are of few of the Van Wilgen employees’ favorite choices to help you decorate:
- Ceramic pumpkins
- Fall wreaths
- Festive seasonal pillows
- Gorgeous glass pumpkins (that light up)
- And plenty of autumn swags and flowers to create the perfect décor to warm your home and your heart.
Autumn Joy = All of these things.
Let us help you create your own personal autumn joy.
September, the month we all generally associate with fall approaching. Here at the Garden Center, we are also gearing up for fall. Our pumpkins have arrived, the mums have come up from growing, so let the fall decorating begin. Don’t you absolutely love the colors of fall? Nothing screams fall more than mums and pumpkins. When you come to visit us here at Van Wilgen’s to pick up your fall mums and pumpkins be sure to check out our MUM BUDDIES!
Mum buddies will add that punch of color and texture to your fall containers.
Here are a few of our favorites:
- Ornamental peppers
- Red fountain grass
Let’s hope the cooler weather is here to stay, have fun decorating for the fall season.
What is the number one must-have for fall decorating? It’s the pumpkin of course! Everyone loves the jack-o’-lantern. Spooky, silly, or just plain cute, the carved Halloween pumpkin is a staple for the front porch in October.
But why stop there? Colorful gourds, squash, and pumpkins make excellent accents for Thanksgiving decorating too! After all, Thanksgiving is about giving thanks for many things including a bountiful harvest. Fill a large wooden box or basket with colorful gourds and you have an instant fall centerpiece that’s casual, quick, and easy. For a more traditional look, try stuffing a cornucopia with a mix of gourds, small pumpkins, and squash. Looking for something a bit more formal? Stick with a simple grouping of all white. Choose ghost pumpkins, white jack gourds, and pale green, white or yellow squash. Simply scatter on a table runner, arrange in a decorative container or try placing the small pumpkin-like gourds atop candlesticks for an elegant accent.
Need place-card holders? Grab some mini pumpkins with a tall twisted stem, place one at each table setting and prop a name card atop the pumpkin leaning against the stem. It’s that easy.
If you have a little more time on your hands and are looking for a fun and creative DIY project check out Stacy’s video for step-by-step instructions on how to create an adorable pumpkin planter filled with succulents. What a great way to put a personal, one-of-a-kind centerpiece together for your family gathering or perhaps to give as a hostess gift!
There are so many choices for fall decorating including and beyond the traditional orange pumpkin. Unique pumpkins are shades of pink, green, and white. Colorful Turban squash and of course gourds with an endless variety of shapes, sizes, and colors to choose from.
Bring the beauty of the outdoors in and celebrate with the fabulous colors of fall.
Here are a few tips to add a touch of fall to your container gardens:
Pick your mums strategically. There are dozens of varieties in each color so you can get the most out of your fall mums. Pick some that are in color now for a little immediate satisfaction, and mix in a few with more buds than flowers for an added pop later.
Your favorite ornamental grasses are great for fall containers! In colors that are rich and plummy, to white with a silver sheen, they add just the right amount of height and texture to any fall container combo!
Load up on our adorable ornamental cabbages and kales! These plants may look delicate with their intricately lobed leaves and perfectly white to pink to purple coloring, but watch them freeze and thaw and outlast the winter’s snow in your container gardens this year!
Let us help you put together a custom design for your fall containers!