As the long hot days of summer begin to shorten and the night air begins to grow crisp and cool the mind of everyone turns toward fall. Just because the flowers of spring have lost their bloom and the green of summer is fading toward the colors of autumn doesn’t mean it is time to give up on landscape decoration. Fall landscaping can actually be accented by the use of a few common items, which, properly placed, are sure to bring joy to young and old alike.
The first thing most people think of to beautify any landscape is flowering plants. One of the best flowering plants for decorating a fall landscape is the chrysanthemum, or as they are commonly called, mums. Mums come in a wide variety of colors which can be chosen to accent the peculiarities of any landscape. When the background landscape contains a lot of evergreens which will retain their hue throughout the season brightly colored mums can add interesting splashes of color which will please the eyes and can be used to draw attention to other landscape items. Oranges, yellows, dull reds and whites are excellent choices when used on lawns and landscapes to bring that fall feeling to the beholder, especially when used in conjunction with Bright orange pumpkins, bales of hay, and that old rural favorite, the scarecrow.
Nothing says fall like a bright orange pumpkin. These gourds have been a fall favorite since the first winter the pilgrims spent in the new world when they were used as one of the primary food sources which kept the settlers alive. Nowadays, most people prefer their pumpkins baked into pies or breads instead of dried and stewed, and the sight pumpkins sitting in strategic locations in a landscape can bring immediate memories of she wonderful sights scents and tastes of the holiday kitchen. Besides, nothing says fall like the image of a grinning jack-o’-lantern perched jauntily atop a bale of hay.
Bales of hay and scarecrows are items that speak deeply of the rural heritage and a full harvest. Hayfields are mowed in summer and baled to stockpile feed for livestock during the fall and winter. Bales of hay can be obtained from almost any seed and feed or gardening supply center. Scarecrows were originally designed to be left in the fields where their man-like shape would help to deter wildlife from raiding the grain fields. Ready made scarecrows can be purchased, but perhaps the most satisfying and unique ones are made at home by stuffing old clothing with hay or straw to make the body and the head can be fashioned from an appropriately sized pumpkin or a stuffed burlap sack. The scarecrow can then be perched atop hay bales or secured to a pole to stand guard over the fall wonderland the landscaper has created from these common, yet beautiful, fall items.