Watering cans can be filled with colorful leaves, twigs, Bittersweet, berries, etc. that you may already have in your yard or find on a walk in the woods.
You can also purchase some of these items in very realistic silks at your local craft store and use them from year to year. Most of mine were purchased at the local craft store and are so pretty that I save them from year to year.
Old wooden boxes make charming containers for colorful Mums and fall flowers that can be purchased at your local nursery, grocery store, or big box store.
I simply add plastic to the bottom of the wood container and add the already potted plant for a quick and charming burst of color. Water often and dead head the spent blooms.
Scarecrows, both homemade and store bought add a touch of whimsy and serve as official greeters to everyone. They are readily available at craft stores. I decorate a vintage metal dress manikin who serves as my greeter and “scarecrone” overlooking our garden.
This year, I painted a whimsical Owl to add color to our fall garden. You can find directions on how to paint a simple Owl on my blog under Art 101 at mypaintedgarden.com.
A colorful china boot makes a whimsical container for a plant combined with a pot of Mums and china Owl and a few mini pumpkins.
Galvanized tin containers also make charming displays with pots of Mums tucked in.
Don’t be afraid to apply that old saying “it’s not what you don’t have – but what you do with what you do have” to add seasonal color and southern charm to your garden.
Wishing you and your family Blessings and Season’s Bounty,
Erin Houghton is a regular contributor to Southern Guide to Life. She is an artist, photographer, gardener and owners of www.mypaintedgarden.com. She has been featured in numerous national publications and her art has been featured, and exhibited, both nationally and internationally. To find out more visit www.mypaintedgarden.com. Follow her on Pinterest. Visit her on Facebook. Shop her Online Store.