Monday, September 7, 2009

Extreme Makeover


Normally my front steps look like this.
But not this year.

This year I was in Europe,
so everything looked slightly different.

I tried some different things....

As you can see, it lacks a punch of color and TLC.

Finally, this past weekend...
I decided that it was still worth it...
to recreate my front steps.
I'll decorate it with fall foliage.

I pulled out the old and found a new home for it.

I drove to the local garden shop and found just what I wanted.
A little bit of this and a little bit of that.
Millet
Dusty Miller
Pansy Violets
Heuchera ~
Jade Frost Archangel

Voila!

Something new and fresh.

I have never tried Heuchera before.
Heuchera is commonly known as alum root or coral bells.
It's a prime example of an old perennial that's busting out
some hot new looks for this years season.
It's one tough, hardy, wintry plant with versatility.
It's also known for it ability to hybridize,
thus giving it a greater array of foliage colors and shapes.

I think this is just perfect for me....
The downside?

It was so quick and easy to change.
It was inexpensive.
And in less than a few hours,
I had something beautiful again.

I wonder what hot looks I could add to my fall makeover?
Does anyone out there have some ideas?
Something quick, easy, fresh and cheap?



8 comments:

  1. I haven't got any new hot fall ideas for you but I love your new foliage fall pots.
    I slowly pull out what doesn't look good anymore in my pots. . and more often than not. .dusty miller is the winner .. the last to survive.

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  2. You will love heuchera...it always comes back next year and looks fabulous! I'm still quite enjoying my planters...but will soon be thinking of putting in something new for the season. Your planter looks great.

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  3. You will love heuchera...it always comes back next year and looks fabulous! I'm still quite enjoying my planters...but will soon be thinking of putting in something new for the season. Your planter looks great.

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  4. Haha! I thought you were going to show us a new hairstyle! Please come down and redo my front porch pots!

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  5. My begonias and impatients are still so beautiful that I won't be pulling anything out in the front quit yet, but I may take afew tips from you for my backyard pots....or at least go out this week in the rain and get rid of the rest of the plants that look forgotten. Thanks for a peek at your seasonal update. I have nothing new to inspire you with....execpt that I have taken down my indoor summer decor and started to add the fall look with candles and pillows. Kathy

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  6. The pots are just lovely - as the fall season progresses you could arrange a few smaller pumpkins, gourds, or colored dried decorative corn cobs beside the pots if you like that sort of thing...

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  7. I had to laugh at your planter. My whole back yard sort of looked like that this year. Somehow I let the snails, dry weather, clay soil, and lack of yard working time win. I am in the process of trying to recapture some of my plants. I'm thinking no more annuals in the back. I have too much shade! Your new planters look great! Maybe I'll head out and get some mums and other fall plants.
    JoAnn

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  8. Actually I think what you have there is just perfect! The many color options of heuchera is winning my heart for all the shady parts of my garden.
    But, if you want to switch your potted garden around: I like to tuck in some dead branches, mini pumpkins or apples. I also sometimes add my ceramic pheasant or quail. When ever I use a ceramic item, I put a chop stick in the soil and slip the ceramic piece over it so it won't accidently get bumped over and broken.

    A cinnamon scented pinecone or two tucked in adds an extra fall scent to the arrangement. I've seen decorators put spikes of great flowers into flora spike water tubes and tucked those in...a great spray of fall folage can stay fresh while in the pot.

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