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Simple Sunflowers in Summer to Fall Decorating

It’s the time of year once again when we start thinking about cozying up our homes for fall, but it’s still 100 degrees and sunny outside! If you are unsure how to decorate during August and September, think “Simple Sunflowers!” They are the quintessential transitional flower that will brighten up any area indoors or out from now through Thanksgiving!


Today I have invited several sunflower-loving blogging friends in sharing how we decorate with sunflowers. Be sure to check out all of the beautiful and sunny inspo at the end of this post.



Sunflowers in Bloom!

Kentucky Tourism on Twitter: "Sunflowers and horses in Science Hill. Photo by Carrie Mofield. #travelKY #kentucky" / Twitter

Photo: Carrie Mofield/ Kentucky Tourism

Sunflowers bloom from June-October in different parts of the United States, but they are “in season” from  late July  through Mid-October here in KY depending on the variety. 



I have had little success with growing sunflowers here, since they are a favorite of the ravenous deer. I am lucky to get two or three to last.




I always associate Sunflowers with “Back-to School!” Every year I buy a big bouquet of sunflowers to brighten up the classroom and welcome my students during the first week of school. I just bought this bunch to place on the grand piano at school this week. I love the cheerful yellow centers! When the flowers fade I will dry the heads.


Dried sunflower heads are beautiful in late summer-through- fall vignettes too.





In Mid-August I bring out my favorite sunflower pillow covers. I have used them in just about every room and on the porch to create new looks each year when Transitioning from Summer to Fall.






If you have a hard time growing sunflowers like I do, you can almost always pick up sunflowers inexpensively at the grocery store.




I love combining sunflowers with late summer garden treasures from my own garden or local farmer’s market.






Sunflowers and Lemons!

sunflower bouquet with lemons French country lemon decor

In July and Early August I like to transition from summer-to-late summer by combining sunny sunflowers and lemons. The beautiful sunflowers shown here are faux.




My French Farmhouse Lemons and Sunflowers Tablescape is still one of my favorites. I think sunflowers and lemons are beautiful together. The sunflowers need to be a brighter yellow kind with few orange undertones to work well with lemons.









Sunflowers in Fall Decorating


It can still be pretty hot and sunny here all through October, so sunflowers are perfect in fall arrangements.


Here I combined grocery store sunflowers, a clearance bouquet, and flowers from my own garden to create a unique “Fall Garden Day Bouquet” arrangement for fall.



The arrangement was inspired by my thrifted Chinoiserie vase. 



Faux sunflowers come in a variety of warm hues. Individual sunflowers can be tucked here in there in in fall vignettes.


farmhouse fall kitchen decor farmhouse sign Harvest Sign Antique Farmhouse Faux Pumpkins sunflowers


I hope you have enjoyed seeing  just a few ways I use simple sunflowers in summer-to-fall decor. Now it’s time to continue the hop with some beautiful sunflowers inspo over at A Stroll Thru Life. Don’t forget to click through all the links below.

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  • Reply Rachel Harper

    I loved all the sunflower ideas you shared. Thanks so much for including me in todays fun hop.

    August 19, 2022 at 9:04 am
  • Reply CoCo

    I had no idea sunflowers for back to school was even a thing until I read your post and Katie’s post -that is so cool. They definitely brighten a room and I know they look amazing on your piano too. Hope your school year is a blessed one and thanks so much for putting this hop together, CoCo

    August 19, 2022 at 9:19 am
  • Reply Calypso in the Country

    Yes, it’s definitely sunflower season! They really are a great summer to fall transitional flower – and I love how you’ve decorated with them! Thanks for hosting this lovely blog hop!

    August 19, 2022 at 9:36 am
  • Reply Michelle | Thistle Key Lane

    I love the idea of bring fresh sunflowers into the classroom. What a treat for you and the kids! You have some lovely ideas Amber, especially the beautiful mix of flowers in your thrifted Chinoiserie vase!

    August 19, 2022 at 12:08 pm
  • Reply debra@commonground

    I’d never thought about sunflowers and lemons together, but they’re a perfect combo. Love your tablescape and the arrangement in the Italian vase. Gorgeous!

    August 19, 2022 at 12:51 pm
  • Reply Katie Mansfield

    Gorgeous photos. I always associate them with back to school as well. Your arrangements are amazing. Beautiful. Thanks for hosting.

    August 20, 2022 at 12:58 pm
  • Reply Christy @ Our Southern Home

    Amber, Everything is just so beautiful. I always love the shots around your kitchen table. The sunflowers are just so gorgeous. When I was teaching, I had a galvanized vase in my classroom with faux sunflowers. They do cheer up a space.

    August 20, 2022 at 1:24 pm
  • Reply Marty

    Such pretty sunflower arrangements. I also especially love the table setting, just gorgeous. Thanks so much for hosting such a fun hop.

    August 21, 2022 at 10:35 am
  • Reply Laura Ingalls Gunn

    This post is so pretty and CHEERFUL! Sunflowers are such happy flowers. Thank you so much for hosting a truly lovely hop!

    August 21, 2022 at 11:59 am
  • Reply Cindy@CountyRoad407

    All wonderful ideas Amber! Your adorable squirrel reminds me of those videos of them laying around on top of the a/c units with their tails flying in the wind. So cute! Great inspo.

    August 29, 2022 at 11:29 am
  • Reply Barbara at Mantel and Table

    LOVE the sunflowers and lemons idea – I’m definitely going to try that one for the the summer to fall transition. Thanks for all the great ideas, and for sharing your beautiful home!

    August 3, 2023 at 12:56 pm
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