Dress Up Your Garden for Thanksgiving

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This year when friends and family gather on Thanksgiving Day, let your garden join the celebration by putting on a colorful, welcoming display. Decorate your front yard and entryway with autumn colors — yellows, reds, oranges, rusts and mahoganies. Scatter brilliantly-flowering plants like chrysanthemums around your entry in pots, baskets or planted into front beds.

Put together cut foliage and dried flower heads from ornamental grasses, to create arrangements in brightly-colored vases by the front door. Bind corn stalks together with ornamental ties. Then, set the arrangements by the front door or pepper them between shrubs and other plants in the garden.

You can even create your own three-dimensional harvest scene that will be a focal point for anyone who looks at your front yard. Try creating a display of straw scarecrows lounging on a bale of hay. Another idea is to recycle a broken tree branch and dangle miniature pumpkins from it with fall-colored yarn. Or, try filling a big straw cornucopia with real fruit and vegetables, encouraging visitors to help themselves.

Use amber-hued strings of LED lights to outline your entry either at the front gate or around the doorway, or highlight a focal point with the beam of an orange flood lamp to create a magical nighttime harvest scene.

Hang a succulent wreath, a wreath of dried flowers, seed pods and colored leaves, or a bundle of dried spices and herbs on your door. Then, add a fall-patterned throw over your outdoor furniture or toss in some autumn-printed cushions.

Pile up a stack of pumpkins, gourds and squash in baskets by the door or along front steps. Set out a wheelbarrow filled with straw, dried corn cobs and pumpkins.  Carve out the top and interior of one or two large pumpkins so you can slip potted plants inside. Try some colorful foliage plants like sweet potato vines to spill over the pumpkin pot-covers.

Mix and match any of these ideas to decorate your entry or front yard for Thanksgiving. Dressing up your garden for the autumn harvest will not only make your home fun to look at, but will welcome all your visitors right through the holiday and up until its time to redecorate for Christmas.

Photo Credit: Jane Gates

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