How to Combine Mums and Cabbage for Cascading Fall Steps


A few years ago, I came across the most beautiful (pink & green) fall porch I had ever seen. It was a complete jaw dropper 😲, and eventually I noticed the same decorating trends spreading all over the place. Folks caught on quick, but I took my time sticking with what I’m use to which was a more traditional colored approach. Well, not this year. I went for the pink Mum, and green ornamental cabbage gusto. Along the way, I learned a few things that I think will help you if you decide to “Combine Mums and Cabbage for Cascading Fall Steps”.

Here’s what our front porch steps looked like right before I was about to dress them with all the beautiful Mums and ornamental cabbage I found around town (more about where I found the best prices later)…

Cascading Fall Steps Before

Here's great tips on how to Combine Mums and Cabbage for Cascading Fall Steps

Blah! As you can see, it was really boring and definitely missing a wow factor. Look at how lonely and sad those wood steps are 😖. My husband worked so hard on the “DIY Mahogany Steps” a few years ago (covering up our crumbling brick), so they really deserved better than this. Well, they definitely got what they deserved. What do you think of our “Vibrant Cascading Fall Steps” now…

Vibrant Cascading Fall Steps Reveal

Here's great tips on how to Combine Mums and Cabbage for Cascading Fall Steps
Here's great tips on how to Combine Mums and Cabbage for Cascading Fall Steps

POW! Isn’t it all just so inviting? I can just imagine what the neighbors might be thinking 😆… maybe that I have too much time on my hands because I was out there for 4 days getting this just right. Sometimes I feel like yelling over to them, “I’m working!” 😊

Here’s another side shot of the porch steps so you get the full drama effect just like the UPS dude gets…

Here's great tips on how to Combine Mums and Cabbage for Cascading Fall Steps

When all the “children” (aka Mums and cabbage) settled into their seats, I just couldn’t get over how cozy and welcoming it made our front porch look for fall. All the different shades of pinks, and greens really turned it into a vibrant waterfall of fresh fall florals. This is where my decorating tips come into play…

So, what parts stand out for you the most? Did you spot any little sneaky ideas in there? I can be quite sneaky you know.

Read more below for all of my very simple & frugal cascading front porch step tips.

Here's great tips on how to Combine Mums and Cabbage for Cascading Fall Steps

Where to Purchase Mums and Cabbage for Cascading Fall Steps

I wish I could tell you one simple stop to find every single element in the cascading steps, but that really isn’t possible because everyone’s local markets are different. However, I can tell you that Home Depot was more expensive than our local farmer markets here in Michigan (the selection was better at the smaller markets, too). My advice is to shop around for the colors you are most attracted to. Local seasonal markets are usually the best place to find more unique items such as the ornamental cabbage, but bigger retailers may have sales.

Another interesting tip I learned while moving pots around, is that it all doesn’t have to match exactly side to side. In fact, it looks less “commercial” if it doesn’t match up on both sides. In other words, I used the same color scheme (pink & green), but everything isn’t lined up exactly the same on each side. You’ll notice that I made the left side more full, and added in thrifty finds like lanterns, baskets, and of course pumpkins. As you can see…I went with little white pumpkins, and a few gourds 😊.

Here's great tips on how to Combine Mums and Cabbage for Cascading Fall Steps
That lantern was the very first lantern I bought in 1997. I wish I could remember where I bought it 😆!

Cover Cabbage and Mum Planters with Baskets or Burlap for Cascading Fall Steps

If you are a subscriber you may recall that last week I shared how to help make the planters look more cohesive without paying a ton of money on matching pots. I used baskets from the local thrift store (I was shocked how many there were) and I also wrapped a few of the planters in burlap I happen to have on hand. If you want to learn more about covering those ugly plastic things, here’s my quick & easy tutorial: Wrap Mum Planter 3 Different Ways.

Here's great tips on how to Combine Mums and Cabbage for Cascading Fall Steps

One last little tip is to look around your house. I was very surprised to find baskets in places I completely forgot about like my Easter basket stash, and I even found a few on top of our bedroom armoire. Sometimes we get so use to things in our home, we forget what is there.

Oh, before I forget, be sure to check out your garage, too. I found this thrift store picnic basket there.

Here's great tips on how to Combine Mums and Cabbage for Cascading Fall Steps

I hope you enjoyed my first (and probably last 😂) “Vibrant Cascading Fall Steps”…

Happy FALL!

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Here's great tips on how to Combine Mums and Cabbage for Cascading Fall Steps
Here's great tips on how to Combine Mums and Cabbage for Cascading Fall Steps

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Here's great tips on how to Combine Mums and Cabbage for Cascading Fall Steps

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Here's great tips on how to Combine Mums and Cabbage for Cascading Fall Steps

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Here's great tips on how to Combine Mums and Cabbage for Cascading Fall Steps

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42 Responses

  1. Connie Schmelzer Giancola says:

    Beautiful! Love it!. So colorful. Love the burlap and wicker baskets.

    • Julie says:

      Thank you, Connie!!

      • Mila says:

        Queen Julie,

        Let me tell you a secret. I have Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis and breast cancer. Both at the same time. 😄

        Your postings, always so bright and cheerful and damned informative, ALWAYS make me smile. Makes me happy.

        Just sayin’

  2. Cheri says:

    This is one time that I feel your display is overdone and must have been expensive to create, since that many plants could not have been cheap! Also what do you do with all the decorations – like the lantern and picnic basket – when it rains? Personally, I prefer traditional oranges, rusts, browns, with a scarecrow.

    • Julie says:

      Worth. Every. Single. Penny. Lighten up, Cheri! Of course you should do your favorite colors…never said you shouldn’t. The mums are perennials so they will last forever in our yard and I also discussed where to find them at great prices. The baskets & lanterns luckily don’t melt. I had a ton of fun, go rain on someone elses porch ☀️

      • Marge says:

        Love your reply to Cheri…You only spend what you have and if you have enough to spend to make your porch look that gorgeous I say more power to you. You made your money not her!!

  3. carol says:

    LOVE your Fall steps. My all time favorite color combo, pink and green! The perfect match in nature. Although not the ‘traditional Fall’ colors they make a lively Pop of color beside the gorgeous cabbage, gourds, pumpkins, lanterns and baskets. Truly a different, but beautiful Fall
    look. People will follow your idea Im sure.

  4. Chris says:

    I never use those colors but looks beautiful!!😍

  5. Rebecca Payne says:

    Gorgeous! Awesome job! Thank you for sharing.

  6. Bette says:

    Hi Julie:
    That colour scheme is so lovely. Your sneaky little items add to it. You are so innovative. I’ve already wrapped my Mums in burlap, it just finishes them off.
    I haven’t been around for awhile as my husband has been very ill and it has taken a lot out of me. He is doing much better now and should be okay in about 3 months.
    Missed some of your good ideas but will catch up now.
    Cheers, Bette

  7. D McDonald says:

    Bountiful and Beautiful! I love the colors. You are quite the creative artist!

  8. Diane Urtel says:

    This is a SHOW-STOPPER!!! The creativity is amazing and the colors really are so BEAUTIFUL!!!
    I know how much thought and effort goes into your blog and you keep on keeping on Julie!!! 🌠🌞🌠🌞

  9. Nancy says:

    I love your use of unexpected colors. If my shutters would not spoil it I would copy it! Your information and photos make this easily doable even if it takes some time. You know one could even use artificial cabbage purchased on sale. Great job Julie!

  10. Sara Frazier says:

    Love the pink and have always loved the dark burgundy. I never thought of using burlap to cover the pots! Beautiful front porch. Not too much at all! I love the mix of cabbages and pumpkins. Great job. Better than drab orange over and over!

  11. Gail says:

    I love your porch with the pinks and greens, the burlap, baskets, white pumpkins, gourds and lantern, looks beautiful. I have pale yellow large mums on our porch, I am going to try to follow some of your ideas, our house is on the beach so I am not sure how things will hold up with the winds and salt air. Your porch has inspired me, I am going to give it a try.

    Thank you!!

  12. frances m bull says:

    Julie, your porch is beautiful. Love how you added baskets & lanterns.. can’t wait to see how Christmas looks.

  13. Ooooh. This is epic!! I’m adding it to my weekly roundup!!

  14. Edna says:

    Your porch decorations and colours are breathtaking, so beautiful. Love the pinks and greens. Thanks for sharing ❤️

  15. Debbie says:

    It looks great! Very welcoming!! I too am using pink and green if I can find them, my impatients are still beautiful and flowing over and bright pink! so I’ll try to get pink and pinkish mums. Thanks for sharing it really looks awesome

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  17. Cindy Fear says:

    Off topic – I want you to know that I copied and tried the Italian Horn Cookie recipe for the last 2 Christmases and they are FABULOUS! Time intensive and worth every bit! Not too sweet but truly like a European treat. Added this to my homeade biscotti treats I always do at the holidays. If you have any other great recipes like those horn cookies please do post this year. Love the blog…

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  19. Tracie Kowalski says:

    This is lovely! I just bought two ornamental kale from the local farmers market and an assortment of pumpkins, white, green and pink!! I’m going to raid my storage closet in the morning for baskets and lanterns before I head out for mums!

    Thank you for the inspiration. No one’s raining on MY porch!!

    • Julie says:

      LOL! I’m so excited for you, Tracie! I’m just doing pics now for our window baskets, so stop over again. I would love if you shared your photos with me 😉

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