Living in an apartment complex can be challenging when you want to decorate for the Fall Season, and that includes a small front porch. I’m lucky that I have my own area leading to my front door and I don’t share it with anyone. There’s plenty of space to put at least 3 containers and possibly more if I wanted.
This little grouping of plants has all the colors I love in the garden during Autumn. The vibrant oranges, purples, varying shades of green, all come together here. It may be in the 90’s here in desert Southwest (Phoenix area), but these plants are drought tolerant and will be steadfast right into the winter.
This wrought iron basket has been with me for years and is a thrift store find. The container it holds has Purple Fountain Grass that is a very hardy perennial, Coleus which can be grown in my zone 9 as a perennial or even an indoor plant. I finished it off with 2 annuals, marigolds and the very popular Lime Sweet Potato Vine. I used the formula of “Thriller, Filler and Spiller” to create this beauty. In the winter I will switch out the annuals for pansies and probably some allysum.
Right next to it is this pretty woven basket (another thrift store find) holding a beautiful Moses in a Cradle plant (Tradescantia spathacea). I love the double display of these leaves, variegated on one side and a brilliant purple on the other. It’s a perennial that does great in the garden or a container as a house plant. I left it in it’s grower container and dropped it in the basket. To cover the gap, I used some left over cocoa liner I had.
Right behind Moses in a Cradle plant is my large container with a Fox Tail Fern. It’s looking a bit haggered since I uprooted it from our old garden and moved it. This plant has an incredible bulbous root system and does great in shady locations. I filled in some space with some more marigolds and a cute little straw man for some whimsy.
They all do great in bright light, no direct sun locations and have same water requirements (water when soil is dry), don’t let them sit in soggy soil and make sure it’s well draining.
On the door I placed my Fall wreath I got from Walmart last year. It’s still in great shape and I love the feathers on it. This is really the only traditional orange and yellow colors I have in my decor, since the inside is Farmhouse style neutral colors.
I didn’t want to deny myself Fall decorating because we now live in an apartment and don’t have a traditional front porch. I simply accommodated to the size I have now and applied the same decor techniques I used on my old home. So, don’t limit yourself!
Do you have a small or unique size space you’re working with? I would love to hear about it in the comments.
Thanks so much friends for visiting today and be sure to check out my Pinterest board “Container Gardening” for more inspiration.