Ideas & Inspiration

5 Ways to Boost Fall Curb Appeal

Hang a Wreath on the Door
A festive fall wreath hangs on a front door.

The simplest and quickest way to welcome fall is by hang a fall wreath that makes a statement on your front door. Try a wreath that will take your door and porch decor through Thanksgiving.

Be sure to use a wreath hanger to protect the door. We recommend using at least a 26-inch harvest wreath on an average front door. 

Perk up Containers
A window box filled with marigolds and other seasonal foliage.

Make the transition from a summer to fall look by adding some planters with seasonal colors to your space. Fill a whiskey barrel planter with a mix of annuals and perennials, shrubs, grasses, herbs and even succulents. To learn more about creating seasonal container mixes, read this guide

For window box planters and vertical gardens, fill with potted ornamental peppers, grasses, cabbages and kales. Top with decorative moss. In the spring, move the ornamental grasses to a more permanent location in a container or in your landscape. Pansies and mums also make great options when potting containers.

Don't Forget Roses
Yellow and pink roses in a garden bed.

Another option to consider: Roses in containers. Now is a great time to plant colorful roses, whether climbing roses, shrub, hybrid tea or other varieties. The heat of summer is gone and there are fewer pests to deal with overall. In the landscape, try a mailbox garden with roses. For happy roses, plant in full sun or give them a spot that gets at least six hours of sun a day, in soil that drains easily. Learn how to plant roses in containers and get tips for success with roses.

Instant Ambience
A patio with brick red patio furniture, string lights and fall decor.

For colorful curb appeal beyond planters, make outdoor decor come together with outdoor seating, throw pillows, a patio side table or garden stool. For more instant ambiance outdoors, try well-placed outdoor lighting to give the space an intimate look.

Outdoor lighting can also include lanterns, string lights, ceiling fans and pathway lighting.

Stack the Pumpkins
Decorative pumpkins gathered on a porch.

Nothing says fall like a pumpkin or two. When the timing is right, don’t forget to add gorgeous gourds to your display and bales of decorative hay. Stack decorative pumpkins or live pumpkins (when available) to create topiaries flanking doorways.

More Ideas
A woman lays mulch in her yard.

You can also fall into the season by sprucing up your outdoor space with these ideas.

  • Dig up spent annuals with a hand trowel and compost anything unaffected by disease.
  • Rake away any landscape debris and use a leaf blower to clean up the outdoor space.
  • Aerate the lawn.
  • Pressure wash the driveway, a walkway, porch, deck or patio.
  • Add a fresh 2- to 4-inch layer of mulch around new trees, flowerbeds and other plants.
  • Fill bird feeders and add bird baths and watch feathered friends eat, drink and splash around.