Pumpkins and corn stalks may be a no-brainer, but achieving success with this seasonal style is actually much tougher than it looks. The trick is to create a look of abundance without overdoing it. Easier said than done. You've got more to work with in this season than in any other—Indian corn, straw bales, fancy gourds, mums of all color, and the entire squash family—so it's easy to get carried away. You can keep your landscaping from looking like the pumpkin truck dropped its load in your yard by creating depth. Select pumpkins, straw bales and other accessories in three distinct sizes, which in addition to depth also gives the display a sense of order. Then, balance the design with some less-predictable fall folilage: English ivy, dusty millers, flowering kale, and pansies. The fall watering schedule is two to three times a week, moving to once or twice a week as the weather gets cooler. A good rule of thumb: Keep it moist but not soggy, and don't let it dry out.Photos by Lemos Photography, design by Steve Lichtenberg and Vanessa Back, Lichtenberg Gardens.
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