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Northwest Gardening: Add Color with Potted Mums

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I love the autumn season and how easy potted mum plants add instant color - with no digging required. You can get four small potted mum plants for around $10 (my neighborhood Lowe's has them on sale for $2.50 each!).

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Without picking up a trowel or buying a bag of potting soil, you can perk up your garden with rich fall color. The secret is to place the mums, pots and all into a creative container that easily hides the plastic pots.

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I repurposed a standing beverage container for my fall mum display. Instead of filling the brass basin with ice for patio drinks, I turned it into an elevated display of autumn artistry.

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But don't stop with just mums. I slip a vase of water into the back of my mum display and fill this space with the long-lasting cut flowers of fall. Sedum 'Autumn Joy', creamy-white pee gee hydrangeas and bright-orange crocosmia peek from behind the mum display to give my garden, my porch and my patio a mixed display of dirt cheap color. The cut flowers in the hidden vase last for weeks outdoors on my porch, but the standing bowl of fall color can also be moved to a garden bed that needs a splash of expression.

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Potted mums are also easy to place into a woven basket.

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The rich colors also look great accented with rusty tools or up against the rusty patina of an old wheelbarrow. I've even used an old suitcase to hold potted mums for a porch display.

So put down the trowel, find a rustic container, hide a vase for cut flowers in with the potted mums, and go at it to create a fabulous fall flower display.

Are you ready to grow beyond placing a pumpkin on the porch?