Easy DIY Fall Harvest Arrangement

Fall is my favorite season and I’ve been counting down the days since July! Despite our 90 degree temperatures this week, I’m in an autumn harvest state of mind with thoughts of fall apples, leaves and pumpkins.

I found a galvanized bucket at T. J. Maxx several weeks ago. I love all things galvanized and I envisioned using it on the porch or for a Fall Harvest Around the Potting Shed.

I gathered goldenrod that’s growing in the field next to my Potting Shed and just starting to pop up along the roadsides now, along with some leaves that were just starting to turn.

Clippings from the loropetalum shrubs and purple leaf plum tree add a bright pop of crimson-purple foliage.

Limelight hydrangeas have taken on a burnished hue and made the transition from summer to fall, ready to dry.

The stems are weighted down and heavy with flowers, weary from a long summer. . .

Just like me. ;)

I’m happy to see pumpkins starting to arrive at the garden centers. I add a few to arrange around a grapevine wreath, framing the bucket.

 I cut some branches of wild persimmons that I found when I was foraging for leaves to add to the mix.

This is a quick and easy way to add a little bit fall around your home! Keep your mix of foliage and flowers loose and easy for a casual arrangement. You could use any kind of vase, bucket or even a wine chiller. The grapevine wreath adds some texture and place for other elements to build around.

Even though fall arrives on Friday, Mother Nature has plenty of summer heat and humidity ahead for us in North Carolina. I hope you’re seeing the first signs of fall where you are!

Thank you for your visit, I’m joining:

 Between Naps on the Porch

  41 comments for “Easy DIY Fall Harvest Arrangement

  1. September 20, 2017 at 7:48 am

    Beautiful arrangement, Mary. I like everything about it! It’s interesting that goldenrod at one time was the state flower of Alabama. :)

  2. RS
    September 20, 2017 at 7:58 am


  3. Donna
    September 20, 2017 at 8:00 am

    I never knew persimmons grew wild. Thanks.

  4. September 20, 2017 at 8:29 am

    I love your new galvanized bucket, Mary, and how clever of you to use the wreath under it for added interest. Your arrangement is just perfect and certainly put a smile on my face this morning. Thank you!

  5. Mildred
    September 20, 2017 at 9:22 am

    Beautiful arrangement. I love that u glean from what is growing in ur yard. Do you have those stems in water?

    • September 20, 2017 at 9:50 am

      Thank you Mildred! Yes they’re in water 🍁

  6. September 20, 2017 at 9:55 am

    Gorgeous Mary, and wild persimmons just happened to pop up in your yard?? That is another sign of your very magic green thumb!

    • September 20, 2017 at 10:19 am

      Thanks Jenna! The persimmons are growing on several trees on edge of some woods that I walk the dogs by every morning. I just helped myself to some of the ones that the birds and squirrels left behind 🍁🍂🐿😀

  7. Cynthia Raines
    September 20, 2017 at 10:05 am

    Love the new bucket! Eager to buy some pumpkins!! Leaves are really starting to turn in my neck of the woods. This week the days are in the high 70’s low 80’s, but the nights are cool. Nice to sleep with the window open and the ceiling fan on instead of air conditioning all the time.

  8. Patricia
    September 20, 2017 at 10:10 am

    Love this arrangement and plan on doing something similar in galvanized french flower buckets for aisle markers at my daughters wedding in Asheville in 2 weeks!

    • September 20, 2017 at 10:55 am

      Sounds beautiful Patricia! 🌻🍁🍂

  9. September 20, 2017 at 10:23 am

    Just beautiful! I can’t wait to get some hydrangea planted here in Florida!

  10. September 20, 2017 at 10:36 am

    Mary, this is Fall perfect. We also have wild persimmons growing. The temps are in the high 80’s and there isn’t much color…goldenrods are showing their color everywhere! Thanks for the gorgeous inspiration!

  11. September 20, 2017 at 11:25 am

    Beautiful, Mary. I need to trek over the riverbank and grab some goldenrod. I love the natural look of that arrangement. Few signs of fall here….leaves drying, but not a lot of color just yet.

  12. September 20, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    I love that bucket and the arrangement is so pretty.

  13. Marion
    September 20, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    The bucket is very nice. Love all those pumpkins.

  14. Marilyn
    September 20, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    Mary everything looks beautiful,as usual. Glad you were able to find some pumpkins.

  15. Joan
    September 20, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    The flower and pumpkins look good. Love that bucket.

  16. September 20, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    Lovin’ that cool gray/blue pumpkin Mary:@)

  17. September 20, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    Oh em gee…I’m swooning! Are you sure you weren’t a floral designer in a previous life? I love that this is so “do-able” providing I can find an equally wonderful container!

  18. Norma Rolader
    September 20, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    OOOH LA LA love the arrangement and the colors beautiful

  19. angela carrera
    September 21, 2017 at 7:16 am

    hello!!! a great post as usual and I did also just purchase that same bucket for fall but mine had the rope unattached on one side so I didn’t pay full price!!! I too love all things galvanized. I put a mum d of mine and put it on a wicker chair I actually found on the ‘side of the road’….gotta find a grapevine wreath to put under it!!! keep up the good work!!! thanks for sharing!!!!

    Angela from NJ

  20. September 21, 2017 at 7:38 am

    Truly Autumnal!!! 🍁🍂🌼🌻🍁🍂🍁🍂

  21. September 21, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Mary, Your hydrangea are so huge already! This color combination of purple and gold is very regal for fall. Our temps seem to be going up and the humidity arrived, thanks to José, but I hope crispy weather will come along soon. I know it is coming because the hickory nuts have started falling on our driveway and on any cars parked there! I love your new bucket and the arrangement you created for it. Linda

  22. September 21, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    What a beautiful lush fall arrangement. I particularly love the combination of the limelight hydrangeas and the plum colored loropetalum.

  23. Paula
    September 21, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    I love your fall arrangement !! your TJ Maxx and other stores carry way better things then our !!

    Keep cool in this late September heat wave !

    • September 21, 2017 at 8:34 pm

      Thanks Paula!🍁🍂🌻🌞

  24. September 23, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    It’s a beauty Mary!!! Never thought to add Loropetulum to an arrangement….Perfect fall foliage!…I have an abundance of it! Had to laugh at your “just like me” comment.

  25. Nancy
    September 25, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    What a gorgeous arrangement for fall! I am inspired to try this since I have a bucket, lorapedlum and limelight hydrangeas. Goldenrod is easy to find around here. Very pretty! Thanks.

  26. September 28, 2017 at 10:26 am

    Beautiful fall arrangement! Eye catching!

  27. October 8, 2017 at 12:25 am

    Love fall as well! Can’t wait for the weather to actually start feeling like fall, but seeing your posts gets me more excited for everything else that is fall. Beautiful arrangements!

  28. Deb Kepler
    October 23, 2017 at 10:04 am

    Mary your blog is beautiful and so many great ideas. You’ve just inspired me to visit the basement and dig out old containers and decor and start decorating for Thanksgiving. Thank you!!!

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: