All Posts   Posted:   October 6, 2016 by Jennifer Williams

Most of us deck out the house for Christmas with an entryway that includes lights, wreaths, garland, and lush pots to bring smiles and holiday cheer to our visiting friends and family. But the Christmas season is short lived, what if you could make that feeling last even longer by starting now? I’m not talking about putting Santa out to greet the neighbors tomorrow but decking out the front entry with some key features that can carry over to December, although if you do want ideas for the merriest of holidays our garden centers are now showing an early season teaser of fun felt-creature ornaments and decor.

There are several great ways you can get your porch decorating feet wet this time of year and many that can be used as building blocks for the big show later in the season.

  • Place a container by the doorway that you don’t even need to plant!
  • Start by selecting a neutral color like bronze (my personal favorite) or white that can cover both fall and winter holidays.
  • Next mock it up by adding bundles of corn stalks and festive ornamental grass now that can be easily swapped out for an insert with fresh cut greens and red twig dogwood branches during Christmas.
  • Incorporate a charming rustic look with a few straw bales (unlike hay, straw bales are cut after the grain is harvested and are much better for décor and garden purposes) not only are these perfect props for pumpkins and festive picks but they make an awesome mulch for garden paths afterward!
  • Bales come in large and small so it’s easy to adjust to the size of your entry/porch.
  • Embellish with a wreath; twiggy ones are the best because they are so versatile (think willow and birch branches, grape vines, and rose hips,).
  • By adding a few simple decorations with wire or craft glue you can go from fall to winter in no time.
  • Or you could stick with something natural like sedums (yes, you can glue them - Join us on November 19th to learn how!) that are always in season.
  • Go vertical; garland really transforms the entry way, use hops vines now and fresh cedar greens in December.
  • You can even put up lighting throughout that highlights the fresh offerings
  • Add seasonal color; Cheerful baskets of mums can be traded for containers of Paperwhites (Narcissus ‘Ziva’) or Christmas Rose (Helleborus sp.) as the seasons change.

If you’re still unsure of how to create your own pumpkin patch that springboards you into the holiday season, stop by one of our locations to see some examples first hand!

Most of us deck out the house for Christmas with an entryway that includes lights, wreaths, garland, and lush pots to bring smiles and holiday cheer to our visiting friends and family. But the Christmas season is short lived, what if you could make that feeling last even longer by starting now? I’m not talking about putting Santa out to greet the neighbors tomorrow but decking out the front entry with some key features that can carry over to December, although if you do want ideas for the merriest of holidays our garden centers are now showing an early season teaser of fun felt-creature ornaments and decor.

There are several great ways you can get your porch decorating feet wet this time of year and many that can be used as building blocks for the big show later in the season.

  • Place a container by the doorway that you don’t even need to plant!
  • Start by selecting a neutral color like bronze (my personal favorite) or white that can cover both fall and winter holidays.
  • Next mock it up by adding bundles of corn stalks and festive ornamental grass now that can be easily swapped out for an insert with fresh cut greens and red twig dogwood branches during Christmas.
  • Incorporate a charming rustic look with a few straw bales (unlike hay, straw bales are cut after the grain is harvested and are much better for décor and garden purposes) not only are these perfect props for pumpkins and festive picks but they make an awesome mulch for garden paths afterward!
  • Bales come in large and small so it’s easy to adjust to the size of your entry/porch.
  • Embellish with a wreath; twiggy ones are the best because they are so versatile (think willow and birch branches, grape vines, and rose hips,).
  • By adding a few simple decorations with wire or craft glue you can go from fall to winter in no time.
  • Or you could stick with something natural like sedums (yes, you can glue them - Join us on November 19th to learn how!) that are always in season.
  • Go vertical; garland really transforms the entry way, use hops vines now and fresh cedar greens in December.
  • You can even put up lighting throughout that highlights the fresh offerings
  • Add seasonal color; Cheerful baskets of mums can be traded for containers of Paperwhites (Narcissus ‘Ziva’) or Christmas Rose (Helleborus sp.) as the seasons change.

If you’re still unsure of how to create your own pumpkin patch that springboards you into the holiday season, stop by one of our locations to see some examples first hand!