Monday, October 25, 2010

Pumpkin Extravaganza!

Gardens should be a fun expression of who you are. I really can’t bear the sort of plant snobbery that dictates that a privet hedge is ‘boring’ or that chrysanthemums are for old ladies! They may not be everyone’s favorite, but if you like them and they serve your purpose then go for it.

Fall decorating is a bit that way. Some people go to town with a veritable farmer’s field of straw bales, scarecrows and dried corn together with a cornucopia of assorted gourds and pumpkins. I rarely get beyond a pumpkin by the front door!


I recently had the opportunity to go to the Dallas Arboretum as they were setting up their pumpkin patch (pumpkin
estate might have been a better term). With a ‘pumpkin budget’ of $10,000 it’s quite the production and while we may not have that sort of spare cash I did see some fun ideas we can scale down and try at home.

Did you know pumpkins can float? They had several large pumpkins tossing about in a formal pool looking like a game of ‘Bob Apple’ for giants. To prove the point, Liz Cooper of Issaquah kindly allowed me to float pumpkins in her koi pond; notice how the fish are suitably color coordinated! No pond? What about a birdbath or simple water bowl? Add the water loving corkscrew rush (Juncus spiralis) to the feature and you have a quick and easy fall vignette.


Who needs boxwoods when you can edge a border with pumpkins? Look at the way they have framed an exuberant late summer display with a neat row of fat orange pumpkins? What about lining the path to your front door? Would white pumpkins be better for your situation? Maybe try a circle of orange pumpkins at the base of a cobalt blue container. The pot could hold orange toned grasses such as orange hair sedge (Carex testacea), orange pansies, bronze chrysanthemums or just one giant pumpkin, all of which would tie the color scheme together beautifully.


A pumpkin house!! I just love this. Talk about a focal point. But here I need your ideas; how can we adapt this for the average garden? These pumpkins were sat on wire horizontal hoops projecting from the house frame. In summer they each support a 6” pot of summer annuals such as impatiens. Maybe we could decorate a dog kennel? Send me your creative ideas and let’s have some fun! 



1 comment:

  1. I LOVE this pumpkin house!!! We should definitely do this next year!

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