Create Fall Curb Appeal with Pumpkins and Mums

Are you ready for crisp, golden days with a wonderful palette of color everywhere you turn? Garden centers are putting out their mums and pumpkins and gourds will soon follow. I bought a few mums yesterday to replace some faded flowers out by the pond. While I’m not ready to say goodbye to summer, I’m already thinking about how to create some fall curb appeal using my favorite mums and pumpkins! I’ve gathered together a collection of inspirational photos to get your creative juices flowing!

Outdoor Fall Decorating Ideas from NaturePhoto by Rikki Snyder

Filling my flower boxes with colorful gourds would be fun to do, but I hate the thought of pulling out the lantana and mini petunias since they’re still blooming. This might be a good idea for mid-September to October though.

Craftsman Style Home with Fall DecorationsPhoto by MainStreet Design Build

Sometimes a simple touch on a front porch is all you need – like a pretty plaid blanket and a lone pumpkin. Errant leaves on the porch floor are an easy touch. I always like to leave a few of them laying on the sidewalk, deck, or porch floor.

Warm and Cozy Porch for FallPhoto by Yuri Grishko

How cute are these little gourds encircling the base of a tree? Pretty cute and so easy to do! Of course, in our wooded neighborhood, the squirrels will probably treat themselves to a few nibbles.

Outdoor Fall Decorating with PumpkinsPhoto by Rikki Snyder

We’ve done quite a bit of planting in our yard over the past couple years, giving thought to timing of blooms and colors. This yard shows how carefully planned landscaping gives a variety of texture and color in the garden.

Fall Color Plants in Traditional GardenPhoto by Cottage Gardener, LTD

I seriously want to try and create a pumpkin tower like this one! What a clever way to create fall curb appeal. The kids in the neighborhood would love it! It could be something that’s done every year so your house is known as the one with the pumpkin tower.

Amazing Pumpkin TowerPhoto by Design Fixation [Faith Provencher]

But if you’re not so ambitious, a pile of pumpkins on the steps is equally charming. Not to mention this keeps unwanted solicitors and politicians from knocking at the door!

Pile of Pumpkins on Front PorchPhoto by Design Fixation [Faith Provencher]

Here’s another haphazard collection of colorful gourds and Indian corn.

Fall Window Flower Box with Gourds and Indian CornPhoto by Rikki Snyder

Tiny orange pumpkins take residence on a white fence creating very simple fall curb appeal. I just adore this!

Small Orange Pumpkins on White Picket FencePhoto by Design Fixation [Faith Provencher]

Our local nursery carries hanging mum baskets like these, but I usually pass over them since my impatiens baskets are still blooming their hearts out until mid-October. I do like to place potted mums around the pond, though.

Hanging Mum Baskets on Front PorchPhoto by Rikki Snyder

Pumpkin towers provide instant fall curb appeal no matter where you place them. These shorter stacks require no skillful engineering. Just look for flatter pumpkins in a range of sizes.

Historic Brick Home Exterior Decorated for Fall with PumpkinsPhoto by Design Fixation [Faith Provencher]

You simply can’t go wrong with outdoor fall decorating when you pair mums and pumpkins. Toss in a couple of hay bales and call it a day!

Traditional Fall Landscape with Pumpkins, Mums, and Hay BalesPhoto by Mary Prince Photography

What decorations do you like to use to create fall curb appeal?

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  1. I’m afraid I don’t do a lot of outdoor decorating for fall. I pretty much count on colorful mums to carry me through to winter since I have a treeline behind my house and a large tree in front that provide a ton of colorful leaves. I’m late with my mum shopping this year since many of my summer flowers are still trying their best and my rosebushes are looking better now than they have all summer. My west-facing plants take the brunt of the summer sun, so they are the first to be replaced. This is Indiana, after all, so I don’t dare wait too long. Summer can change to winter in the blink of an eye.

  2. Great inspiration photos Jennifer! Fall is my favourite season and I can’t wait to decorate but I’m with you when you say you don’t have the heart to pull out your impatients while they are still going strong. I have photos of my boys when they were small, dressed for Hallowe’en, beside impatients. Here in Canada Thanksgiving comes much earlier than it does for you so we feel more of an urgency to get on with it!
    Happy Fall everyone!

  3. These are all pretty. I’m looking forward to drier and cooler air. I hope it happens soon. I am not too hopeful since it’s still hot and humid.

    Not sure what I am going to do this year. Imagine how you could incorporate your new back garden?

    Enjoy the rest of your day


  4. Very enjoyable, thanks. I have a blackboard i write something on each season and my white begonias are still blooming.

  5. A porch entry full of pumpkins! I had to laugh at the comment to keep solicitors and politicians out! LOL! Wish I had a large tree lined driveway to place those hay bales and potted mums..so pretty!
    I’m ready to stop watering and deadheading so ok let the fall times roll:0)…just no snow till March..then an early spring will do!..

  6. Like you, I just can’t pull out still blooming annuals, especially in September. For me fall doesn’t begin until October 1st! Then I feel more like putting out pumpkins gourds etc.

    1. It’s a hard time of year when the summer plants are still going strong but we want a bit of fall. I do my inside transition and hold off on the porch and deck till next month except for some faux sunflowers in a door basket and lots of ferns and coleus in containers. My impatiens are looking worn and I think I will pull those first and replace with pansies. Fall is a 3 month season so I’ve plenty of time for pumpkins and gourds later on.