Our “Thrifty Style Team” is back this month with 12 home decorating ideas for October 🎃. My contribution is all about using what you have in your yard, and spreading the love into your window box. I ended up creating an “Affordable Fall Ornamental Cabbage Window Box” using the existing annuals I already had in place in my window box. The more I looked around the yard at all of the lush summer annuals and perennials (some alive, some not!), the more I was able to produce a beautiful creation for our window.
Here’s the window box right before I attacked it 😆!
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Affordable Fall Ornamental Cabbage Window Box the “Before”
The window box looked fluffy white, and so healthy (except for the Geraniums that were on their last petal). All that watering and attention I gave over the summer months had really paid off. At first I thought, I would just stick a few pumpkins in there from our “Cascading Fall Steps“, but then I figured I should spread some of the love even more 😊.
Affordable Fall Ornamental Cabbage Window Box the “After”
I needed to use some of that gorgeous ornamental cabbage from the steps, so I picked the prettiest cabbage from our steps and stuffed it in there. I guess you could call it “stuffed cabbage” 😆…
Oh my goodness, I got so excited because it looked so pretty nestled in amongst the existing white flowers (do you know what those are?). I was on a roll, so I kept going acting like I was some kind of a professional floral designer out there with my cool gardening gloves, and green pumpkins. Seriously though, all I had to do was add a few white mini pumpkins, and gourds to both sides of the ornamental cabbage (by the way you can plant ornamental cabbage in your yard and it will come back 1-2 years I’m told).
Affordable Fall Ornamental Cabbage Window Box Even Better Using What is in the Yard
While I was acting like a cool redheaded lady out there, inspiration struck again. I looked down and noticed our orange Lily perennials were drying up. Every year I pick these long hollow stick-like things out of our landscaping because they kind of are an eyesore.
Once I picked them all out (they pull out easily) I bunched them together and thought they looked so rustic and pretty. I bet this dried up Lily bunch would cost a fortune in the craft store, right? I instantly knew they would add a little pizazz to the back of the window box.
Beautiful Fall Window Box with Fall Cascading Steps
Well, I’ll be darned. The dried up Lilies looked so cute stuck in the back. I was absolutely shocked how easily it all came together like that. I really had no plan (I swear), but once I got going it got easier. Our neighbor probably thought, “Wow, that lady is good.” I would say to him, “Why yes…she is (sometimes)!” 😆
See the full front porch “Fall Cascading Steps” here.
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Julie, I think the white flowers are bacopa. Loved your fall window box using what you had!
Oh thank you so much, Alissa! I will write that down. They are quite hardy. In fact they looked dead a few weeks ago and watering them brought them back to life. Xo
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Love the cabbage in the window box! Your exterior always looks so pretty.
Such a beautiful display, Julie! And, I loved how you used items from the yard. So smart.
Wow, Julie! What a beautiful way to add personality and beauty to your home all year long. Thanks for sharing your lovely home and giving me inspiration for my apartment cottage back porch. Have a wonderful weekend.
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Oh my word, you really did make that look easy Julie! It’s just gorgeous (and I too love stuffed cabbage lol)! I remember picking those dried lily stems before and never in a million years would have thought to decorate with them, but they were the perfect finishing touch!
Thank you, Cindy! You just reminded me to add stuffed cabbage to the post 🤩
What a great idea to use dried Lilly stems in your planter. The end result is so pretty!
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Love your window boxes since I live on the west side of Michigan I know this is doable at my house.
Thanks, Pamela! Beautiful weather we are having!!
Beautiful window boxes. Loved the dried stems. Now I’ll know to save mine. Great tip.
Julie, thank you so much for hosting this fun hop! I absolutely love your beautiful fall window box. All of the items you used look stunning. I love the ornamental cabbage. Thank you for the inspiration happy fall!
Julie your Fall window boxes are stunning! I love the grasses sticking out and the cabbage. So charming!
Great ideas…but I have to go check out that stuffed cabbage recipe ( I haven’t had those in years!!)
Amazingly fabulous. I too love using what’s lying around in the flower garden. The icing on the cake, when you get it for free, with an end result, spelling gorgeous. I am so happy to be able to get your email again.
What a surprise with those pumpkins and cabbage just tucked away into that box! Love!
Thank you for stopping by, Sue! Hope all is well!
I adore ornamental cabbage, your window box is so pretty! Love the lily stems tip, will most definitely be stealing that idea! xo
Were the window boxes on the house when you bought it or did you add them? I wonder why the idea just faded away, when they definitely add charm to your house. Love the loo!k!!
Hello, there Bette! The one I photographed was there,but we replaced it with a copper box. We have 1 more in the front that Rick made. Here’s the link if interested! https://redheadcandecorate.com/2016/08/diy-wood-window-box/
That cabbage almost looks like a huge rose. You’ve outdone yourself. The window box looks fabulous!
You know…I was actually thinking that, too! I should have mentioned that in the post!
Oh my gosh, Julie…I can’t believe this wasn’t the plan from the beginning. It’s gorgeous. The Orange Lily sticks truly make it all come together perfectly. You ARE a talented floral designer! xoxo, Kristi
That’s quite a compliment coming from you, my friend!
Great look, Julie! I do the same-keep what I can from the summer look, add Fall goodies and then stuff some of the dried stuff in. Great combo. Love your house exterior; so pretty with the brick/siding combo, and your trim and shutters are awesome.
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I am saying prayers for you Mom and you. God bless you both.
Thank you, Tracey!