Gourds are one of the oldest cultivated crops on Earth, grown for their many useful forms that can be used for dippers, bird houses, and even musical instruments. To help them retain their distinctly shaped fruits, plant different varieties far enough apart to prevent seed cross pollination.
Set off a fall container garden with an array of colorful pumpkins and gourds. This pot showcases a planting combination that features pansy, ornamental or flowering kale and garden mums. For a thriller plant, purple fountain grass provides good height. A bushy rosemary plant offers a pretty textural contrast and background for the combination. Buy plants in larger pots with established root systems to ensure best survival.
Discover a blue-green hosta with thick, seersucker leaves known as ‘Abiqua Drinking Gourd.’ Leaves on this hosta feature an unusual cupped shape, with leaf cups up to 3 inches deep. Heavy, seersuckered leaves offer strong slug resistance. White flowers appear in early summer. Plants grow 18 inches tall by 36 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 3-9.
For a fall harvest celebration, decorate with items from your garden like pumpkins, gourds, eucalyptus cuttings and fresh flowers. Seat many guest by creating a temporary table with planks of wood set on top of saw horses.
Details of a tall lamp placed on the dining table offer the same effect as a pair of chandeliers but without the need to interrupt the detail of the ceiling in this traditional dining room. Large urns on the stone mantel and striped dining chairs mimic the color and shape of fall seasonal gourds.
Centerpieces for a kids' table shouldn't be fussy; they'll need to withstand possible spills and rough-housing, so opt for heavy vessels like ironstone pitchers and small mixing bowls. Fill them with mums, pumpkins, acorn squash or gourds and embellish further with raffia, ribbons and feathers.
Designer Camille Styles pairs rustic elements like beeswax candles, gourds and a salvaged wooden board as a table runner with a porcelain footed dish overflowing with greenhouse blooms. Her arrangement contains roses, hydrangea, dahlias, copper amaranth and ranunculus with a few sprigs of fall greenery, grasses and berries to signify the season.