6 Simple + Pretty Garden Projects to Tackle This Fall

Cool temps and gardening: a match made in heaven. 

The long-awaited season of pumpkin carving, football watching and marshmallow roasting is finally here. And what better way to enjoy these joy-inducing activities than outside in the cool weather? Give your outdoor space an inviting, fall-worthy facelift with our super easy garden projects you can knock out in a weekend or less.

Fill Window Boxes With Fall Color

Window Planters

Wood Window Boxes

Fixer Upper hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines installed natural wood window boxes adding color to the front of the Gulley home.

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Nothing ups the fall curb appeal quite like window boxes filled with lush, colorful blooms. Fixer Upper's Joanna Gaines filled this client's planter with soft-hued fall favorites like dusty miller, ornamental kale, cabbage, pansies and English ivy.

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Design an Eye-Catching Entryway Garden

Autumn garden

Fall Entryway Garden

Autumn garden

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The easiest way to do this? Line your entryway, front stoop or sidewalk with a colorful collection of gourds, pumpkins and fall container plants. This low-maintenance method takes almost no skill to achieve a designer look. Plus, if any of your plants or pumpkins wilt or rot as the season progresses, simply replace them! Quick Tip: Ornamental gourds do best in cool weather. If temps in your neck of the woods are on the warmer side, opt for faux varieties instead.

Build a Fire Pit for Chilly Evenings

This charming back yard fire pit is surrounded by brightly colored orange chairs and benches.

Fall Fire Pit

This charming back yard fire pit is surrounded by brightly colored orange chairs and benches.

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Imagine yourself wrapped in a blanket, roasting marshmallows and enjoying the cozy warmth of your backyard fire pit. Now stop imagining and go make it a reality with this easy DIY.

Craft a Stunning Faux Pumpkin Topiary

Stacked Faux Pumpkins on Porch in Fall Colors, House Numbers on Each

House Number Fall Topiary

HGTV Handmade’s Danielle Boaz shares a fresh fall how-to for making a house number pumpkin topiary. To make your own, you will need a small, medium and large faux pumpkin, rust red, mauve and forest green craft paint, a large planter, super glue, plain metal numbers, gold spray paint, sponge brush and a utility knife.

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Photo by: Danielle Boaz

Danielle Boaz

Made from zero-maintenance materials, this gorgeous topiary is a breeze to make and will stay beautiful all season long.

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Plant a Fall Veggie Garden

Woman weeds lettuce in her garden

Planting in the Fall

Woman weeds lettuce in her garden

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Tomato season might be over, but broccoli, carrot, beet and kale season is just beginning. Hooray!

Give Containers a Rustic-Chic Update

Wrap it up

Wrap it up

Wrap planters in burlap for a soft finish.

Photo by: Photo by Sam Henderson

Photo by Sam Henderson

Wrap planters in burlap and tie with twine. Boom. Your porch is ready for fall in less than a minute.

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