The Thanksgiving Garden

Thanksgiving is the perfect time of year to decorate your yard with the vibrant colors. Indian corn, pumpkins, gourds, squash, chrysanthemums, flowering cabbage or kale, and colored leaves can all be used to celebrate the season.

You can also brighten the exterior of your house with garlands and wreaths of small gourds and miniature pumpkins strung on wire or heavy cord. These can be hung over doors or windows. By grouping together a number of unusually shaped and colored squash and gourds along with orange pumpkins, you can brighten up the yard as most of the summer colors disappear.

Potted or blooming chrysanthemums can also perk up tired beds or be placed on decks or patios. Flowering cabbage and kale produce very attractive heads of foliage tinged with bright magenta or creamy lime green. They can be set into garden beds. The colors in these plants intensify as the weather cools and can remain effective well into November.