When I repurposed our old garden bed to create a DIY address sign for our yard, I definitely had something up my sleeve—- not only would it serve the practical purpose of letting people know they’ve reached our house, but it would also be a fun way to add a touch of charm with the changing holidays and seasons.
The Perennial I’m loving Beyond Mums
This fall, I chose a more neutral and non-traditional display of sedum stonecrop as opposed to a ton of fall-colored mums. Sedum has quickly become one of my favorite perennials and it has a bunch of benefits over mums, such as:
- Low Maintenance: Sedum stonecrop is easy to care for, needing minimal watering and little to no pruning.
- Drought Tolerance: It can handle dry conditions and doesn’t mind a little neglect.
- Colorful Foliage: Sedum stonecrop comes in various colors, adding visual interest to your garden.
- Attracts Pollinators: Its nectar-rich flowers invite pollinators, making your garden a haven for bees and butterflies.
If you want a simple, pretty, and eco-friendly addition to your garden, think about planting sedum. I got some last fall for my front porch, and when they started wilting in the winter, I put them aside. Come spring, I moved them to my courtyard garden, and just look how well they’re doing now!
Unlike mums, which usually don’t do well in pots for long, sedum is pretty hardy and easy to grow. Plus they’re super easy to propagate!
Other than Sedum, I added some coral bells (from my fall deck project) and a single white mum (which is currently already half dead🙄).
I used some adorable ceramic jack-o-lanterns that I bought a few years ago and stacked them atop some small haybales, and then just layered in some white miniature pumpkins. It’s a simple yet festive touch that perfectly complements our home. I love this so much I am already conjuring up some ideas for winter.
Since I’m a little behind with my fall stuff this year, I’ll be back this week with a few more fall posts, including my front porch, and a small fall home tour.