Happy October dear friends! I am so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers, aren’t you? Beautiful autumn weather is finally here in Kentucky, and that means it’s time to enjoy a little outdoor fall decorating!
I just recently started adding a few fall touches to my garden and patio, just in time to share a few photos for “A World of Octobers” Mini Blog Hop hosted by my vintage-loving friend Cecilia of My Thrift Store Addiction. If you are coming over from Calypso in the Country or if you just happened to stop by for a visit, I am so happy to have you here!
As much as I love cozy indoor fall decorating, it’s really the outdoor fall decorating that I enjoy the most. Right now we are in the middle of finishing up our kitchen renovation (which means there are still power tools and messes all over the place) and I just returned to in-person/virtual hybrid teaching this week, so I haven’t had a chance to “go all out” with my outdoor fall decorating. Nevertheless I am loving the little outdoor fall garden”vignettes” that I have been working on so far.
This fall I have a new stone path and backyard cottage garden to enjoy for my favorite season! I hope to be able to line the stone path with pumpkins some time this month. It leads around to my Vintage Sink Potting Bench and I would love to play around with styling up the potting bench for fall too. This weekened however I just had enough time to put together a cool-toned fall garden display at the start of the path and along the side of our driveway.
I decided to use a large vintage galvanized bucket as a focal point. All the plants that were previously in the bucket had “kicked the bucket” as of mid-August. I went ahead and pulled them all out a few weeks ago in preparation for a fall mixed container planting. The cool color scheme I ended up putting together was inspired by the butterfly bush just behind the bucket, which is still full of lovely fuchsia blooms.
I am still having daily visitors for fall too!
The mums, autumn sedum, trailing succlents and magenta pansies just match the butterfly bush blooms so beautifully! I love the addition of the purple pansies, but the almost-black ones are my favorites! The lime green sedum is an interesting color among all the cool toned plants too. Autumn kale is my favorite fall plant, especially this variety with the purple center.
What’s an outdoor fall display without pumpkins? Although I will use traditional orange pumpkins elsewhere in my outdoor fall decorating, this perfect pair of French heirloom pumpkins (Musque de Provence and green Jarradhale) along with a few small gourds fit in beautifully with the overall design.
I just can’t get enough of all of these wonderful textures and colors!
A couple of years ago I used a similar color scheme and plant combo on my fall back porch and patio. Loved it!
I haven’t dragged out my vintage teal bicycle to use in my fall displays this year, but my teal vintage Radio Cart wheel barrow filled with fall bounty adds a touch of rusty-crusty vintage fall goodness by the garden path. The butternut squash are from my garden. Fun fact…all summer I thought they were zucchini until they started producing fruit!
Of course I had to incorporate some vintage garden treasures and junkin’ finds into this display too! The vintage galvanized watering can would look pretty with mums or pansies planted inside, but I do use it for it’s intended purpose so I chose to keep it empty. The chippy blue concrete landscaping remant and local Ashland brick were salvaged from my neighbor’s hillside when he gave us all of the free stones for our cottage garden path.
I also love this sweet monochromatic combo of white pansies and mums in a pretty white urn. It sits just above and to the right of the main display.
Not too far away are two black urns with dark pink mums flanking each side of the garage.
I am so happy with this display! I can enjoy it from my kitchen window seat while sipping my morning coffee or tea.
Another larger Musquee De Provence (my favorite!) is the centerpiece on our patio table along a few gourds and a colorful vintage pheasant that I just scored while out junkin’ this weekend.
I found several of my pretty pumpkins and gourds on Friday at Hatcher’s Greenhouse. If you love heirloom pumpkins, gardening, and creative fall displays, then this post is a must-read!
I am not sure where the pheasant and all my little gourds will end up indoors or out, but I have been having fun playing around with them in different outdoor vignettes on the patio. I love how the blue and yellow pheasant “feathers” match this old Kentucky metal lard bucket filled with yellow pansies.
Last year I filled it with white mums and I loved that look too.
This vintage Bliss coffee tin is a thrifted find from just a few weeks ago. I knew it would be perfect for October filled with fall flowers!
Mixing vintage found objects into my fall displays is always so much fun! The rustier, the better, when it comes to outdoor fall decorating.
I really am so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers! The month is just getting started, so there’s still plenty of outdoor fall decorating and fall junkin’ adventures ahead. I hope to get finally get started on my front porch fall decorating this week!
I will be decorating it very similarly to my 2018 porch which was just featured in Country Sampler Magazine’s online newsletter!
The porch was decorated with quintessential fall elements that really gave me “all the fall feels,” and I can’t wait to recreate a similar vibe this year.
To see more of my outdoor fall decor from previous years, check out my Fall Garden Diplays post and My French Country Inspired Heriloom Pumpkins Display post for tons of ideas.
I hope you enjoyed my cool-toned outdoor fall garden display and a few other inspiration photos from autumns past!