After the long, sweltering, muggy days of summer, the arrival of fall feels like such sweet relief!  It’s no wonder many people consider this all-to-brief season their favorite time of year.  If your preparations for fall involve simply taking your boots and sweaters out of storage or practicing your pumpkin spice latte ordering skills, consider this:  Fall is the ideal time of year to spice up your home’s curb appeal!

What a pretty way to dress up a long driveway for fall! By Mary Prince Photography.

What a pretty way to dress up a long driveway for fall! By Mary Prince Photography.

One of the easiest ways to improve curb appeal while adding value to your property is to plant trees.  Consult with a landscape designer to choose trees that will flourish in your yard and, while you’re at it, select species that produce vibrant, dazzling color in the fall.  As the leaves change, your yard will become more colorful without you having to lift a finger!  Maples, sassafrass, black tupelo, aspen, and bald cypress are just a few trees that really shine during the fall season.

The maple tree has a classic fall look. From Weavers Landscape Company.

The maple tree has a classic fall look. From Weavers Landscape Company.

The red, orange, and yellow hues of the black tupelo make it a fall favorite. From Friends of Trees.

The red, orange, and yellow hues of the black tupelo make it a fall favorite. From Friends of Trees.

I also love the idea of incorporating fall colors and textures into a container garden.  Start by choosing a big, beautiful planter (or two) that coordinates well with your home’s exterior.  Next, choose plants to display a variety of heights, colors, and textures to really fill the planter out.  Use additions such as gourds, pumpkins, or feathers for added visual interest.  Your local garden center can be a fantastic resource for choosing plants for your fall container gardens.  Think beyond mums and dried corn stalks and instead look for evergreens, decorative grasses, and succulents.

Pretty fall container garden from Le Jardinet.

Pretty fall container garden from Le Jardinet.

Window boxes aren't just for flowers! By Smalls Landscaping.

Window boxes aren’t just for flowers! By Smalls Landscaping.

Decorating your front porch for fall adds curb appeal as well.  Planters, wreaths, and natural elements such as gourds and pumpkins can be artfully arranged in an attractive vignette.  It’s a great way to welcome guests!  Most garden centers, farm markets, and orchards now sell gourds in a wide array of shapes, sizes, and colors.  These unusual vegetables make long lasting decorations that can later be composted.

Lanterns, gourds, and leaves make a charming fall scene. By Seaside Interiors.

Lanterns, gourds, and leaves make a charming fall scene. By Seaside Interiors.

Dried foliage in large planters really sets a fall mood. By Frontgate Interiors.

Dried foliage in large planters really sets a fall mood. By Frontgate Interiors.

A simple, but charming, fall arrangement dresses up this porch.

A simple, but charming, fall arrangement dresses up this porch.

Do you have a favorite fall decoration?  Let me know!

 

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