Written by an area Landscape Architect and birdwatcher with over 30 years of experience with landscaping in north Texas: what works and what doesn't. Emphasis on attracting birds to north Texas yards, and reducing required yard maintenance. Tips, trivia and proven advice for a natural, low-cost approach for this unique and sensitive part of the country.
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Thursday, October 16, 2014
A pumpkin planter is a unique, colorful porch decoration
Think of adding plants to your outdoor decorations this fall. Flowers like mistflower and pansies, or ornamental grasses like indiangrass and muhly provide unique and creative ways to decorate for the season. Branches full of berries are good too. Don't be surprised if some of our feathered friends are also attracted.
Paired with pumpkins and gourds grown in the garden, pumpkin planters are unique; I bet nobody else will have one. Adding plants makes for a fun appearance of an outdoor space.
This Halloween, make containers for the front porch to impress the neighbors who are making their trick or treat rounds. Bold colors like reds and yellows, or cool tones like purples and blues will provide fresh accents for your yard throughout the fall.
Here’s how you can make this rustic planter:
When visiting the pumpkin patch or store with you kids or grandkids, choose a medium- or large-size pumpkin. Choose one with a sturdy base to create a stable container that will dress up the front porch.
Cut a hole in the top wide enough to snuggly insert a plant pot — about 6 inches in diameter.
Scoop out the pumpkin seeds and pulp for a smooth surface, just as you would a jack-o-lantern. (You can roast the seeds, too, for a tasty snack!)
Take a 6-inch round pot of flowers (your choice of color) and place it inside the carved hole. If the pumpkin is large, use filler for the inside, such as empty plastic bottles, or bubble wrap. The container lip should just clear the top of the pumpkin.
Randomly stick several stalks of native prairie grass in any space or void, to give it a finished, natural look.
OWEN YOST, in addition to being a blogger,
is a licensed Landscape Architect emeritus who has lived and worked in north
Texas for over 30 years. He is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award of the Native Plant Society
of Texas, and is a member of the American Society of Landscape
Architects (ASLA), International Federation of Landscape Architects, National
Wildlife Federation and the Audubon Society. His office is at Yost87@charter.net in Denton.