Inspiration for Your Fall Garden

We’re inching closer and closer to fall, y’all. That makes my heart so happy. I love this time of year – especially in the garden. Earlier in the week I shared a few tips on getting our tools primed and ready, now it’s time to get some inspiration for what to plant!

Here’s a collection of ideas I’m thinking about. What’s on your fall planting list?

Culinary Herbs & Veggies

Some of the things I planted in the spring will carry over, like my tomatoes. Other things I have to plant fresh. For instance…

fresh lettuce

Fresh lettuce, anyone?!

One of my favorite things to plant in cooler weather is lettuce. So many varieties grow really well in the fall – and they’re quick to sprout straight from a packet of seeds! Instant gratification. Rosie our rabbit kinda loves it, too.

Parsley

Remember that one time I expressed my love for this underrated herb?

I also love planting fresh batches of parsley, basil and chives this time of year.

If you want a few other ideas, this is a little cheat sheet I tore out of a magazine back in 2008. Not even kidding. I keep this tucked away in my “garden” files. Yes, I have a manila folder for stuff like this. #cantstopwontstop

fall-veggies

If you zoom in, you’ll see broccoli, peppers, beets, radishes, spinach, cauliflower and peas added to this list.

Perfect Planters

In addition to tending to my personal farmer’s market, I like to jazz up the rest of the garden and entryway with some fall flair. I shift my overall color palette away from pinks and move toward purples. Pumpkins add a pretty orange accent.

Here are a few of my favorite combinations right now >>

fall-planter-with-tall-grasses

{via} You’ll notice purple fountain grass is kind of a theme in some of these ideas. I love the height you get with it, and it add texture with its feathery tips.

orange-leaves-with-kale

{via} This is quite a showstopper that uses yellow mums, bright peppers (and even a few artificial leaves) tucked in to accent the purple kale and fountain grass. So pretty!!

{via} This layered effect is really nice. The pop of orange from the pumpkins is awesome. And I like the combination of mums with the silvery dusty miller on the lower planter.

fall-planter-with-purple-and-bittersweet

{via} This colorful combo uses bittersweet at the base. You could easily find a wreath of bittersweet, and drape it around your planter to create this look. I also love the purple Mexican bush sage standing at attention in the back.

{via} This has such a lovely rustic look, doesn’t it? Both planters have coleus mixed with these honey supertunias.

purple-combination

{via} This purple bundle includes kale, mums, heuchera, and ornamental black pepper. I think it would be gorgeous with either white or orange pumpkins for fall. You could even accent the base of the urn with a burlap ribbon. Oooh,..

sweet-potato-and-coleus

{via} Finally, look at this luscious planter. It’s such a pretty combination of sweet potato vine and different varieties of coleus.

I could seriously search the Interwebs all day looking for gardening ideas. Online window shopping is the best. What ideas do you have? Let me know what’s going in your garden and planters!

One last note, if you’re curious about when to transplant some of your garden goodness, here’s a simple guide from this handy place. >>

XoXo,

Kate

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Friday Wrap: Catching Up

Yes. Hello, glorious weekend. I’m so happy to see you again!

We survived the first week of school, which included soccer practices and tons of projects at work. Thank goodness National Pinot Noir day was squeezed in there.

Brandon and I felt like it was our duty to oblige, and we had a nice evening catching up and sipping on a glass of Pinot from Oregon. We also had fun reminiscing about our trip this past fall. #wannagoback

oregon wineAnd speaking of catching up, I thought I’d share a few updates with you this week.

{ONE} The Olympics

Remember when I mentioned that my niece’s boyfriend was diving in the Olympics? Well, he jammed it out. He advanced all the way to finals. (In fact, he placed third in the preliminaries.)

When it was all said and done, he placed 5th. It was so exciting and we are all so proud of him!

olympics

This was a screen shot I took during finals.

Ipsen rankings

This shows his rankings from the prelims. See him there at third? BTW, the diver from China ended up winning gold.

This has been a great Olympics all around. We have so many amazing athletes representing our country. I hope you’ve had a chance to watch at least some of the inspiring races and performances.

{TWO} Front Door Decor

With the Olympics winding down and back-to-school gearing up, I decided to change up the front door. Here’s a little snapshot of what it looks like these days.

front door decoration

You may remember this chalkboard from the girls’ birthday? I thought it would be fun to pull it back out. I mean, it’s a chalkboard! 😉

{THREE} Buddy Bracelets

Last week I talked about surprising the girls with mom/daughter bracelets. Here’s what they look like. So far we’ve worn them every day!

bracelets

The set only had one bracelet that said “daughter”, but Avery really wanted the one that said “love” anyway. Thank goodness it all worked out. #twinproblems

{FOUR} Fresh Flowers

When we got back from our trip to South Dakota, all of the flowers in our hanging baskets had dried up like raisins. I tried to strategically place them near our sprinklers, but the heat was just too much. I dumped the plants and have been staring at empty coco liners for weeks.

planters

I finally filled them with some heather, which should be perfect this time of year. They can stand the heat and have delicate purple flowers that look so pretty on the back porch. I recommend them if you need to fill in a few spots in your garden.

{FIVE} Food & Fitness

Back in June I started a little health kick, which has been more of a shuffle at times than a true “kick.” As an update, I still like the 7-min workout, and have tossed in a bit of walking and jogging when I can. But I haven’t been as committed as I’d like, so I’ve been toying with the idea of challenging myself in the kitchen – my favorite room in the house.

I’m curious if changing my diet can really make an impact on my energy levels, skin, and love handles (which I don’t love).

Fast forward to this week…

whole30

I had one of those serendipitous moments when my friend, Allie, asked me to join her in trying Whole30. Initially, the sound of it scared me, because I have to give up cheese, chocolate and wine. But now that I’ve been reading the book, I’m excited to give this a shot.

We’re in the planning phase now, and are going to officially start on Aug. 29. If you’ve gone through this, please tell me how it went and if you have any tips for me. I have a feeling I’m gonna need some support! 😉

That’s a wrap, my friends. What have you been up to? Give me a shout as you enjoy this awesome weekend.

XoXo,

Kate

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