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17 Simple Fall Home and Garden Ideas

Looking for simple fall home and garden ideas? Here are my favorite fall garden, home decorating, table settings, DIY ideas…and so much more.

There is no season quite like fall.

The air is crisp, the flowers start to fade, the foliage turns and the leaves start to fall.

Oh and give me everything with a little pumpkin spice.

I started thinking about my favorite fall things like fall plantings, decorating, entertaining, pumpkins and blooms.

So today, I’m sharing 17 simple fall home and garden ideas that include my favorite fall gardening tips, decor, DIYs, and more.

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My Favorite Fall Garden Tips and Tricks

Since the temperature is still pretty hot here, it’s not quite time to start fall plantings yet.

Could I start planting stuff?

Sure!

But it would be a lot more work to keep them going.

So I’ll hold off until the temperature cools down.

While I’m waiting to get started, here are my favorite fall garden tips and ideas.

fall decorating on the front porch with garden - 13 Simple Home and Garden Ideas

Everything You NEED TO KNOW About Mums

Garden mums are gorgeous flowers but can be a little fussy.

Amirite?

They never seem to last long and we either toss or replace them shortly after buying them.

In order to achieve success with them, we need to change the way we think about them.

CLICK HERE to learn the secret to keeping your garden mums looking fabulous

Garden Mums that are red and orange
Red and Orange Garden Mums

5 Quick Ways to Prepare the Flower Garden for Fall Plantings

With only a few weeks left of summer, there are things we can do to prepare the garden for gorgeous fall plantings.

It’s also a great time to stand back and reflect on the gardening season to consider changes you want o make for the following season.

CLICK HERE to learn how to prepare for fall plantings and when you should stop fertilizing plants

backyard cottage garden with sweet autumn joy and garden shed -Midsummer Flowers Garden Tour

Easy Fall Garden Maintenance Tip

Once fall arrives, I get a little lazy with watering.

Do you do that too?

I’ve got a little trick to do a little less maintenance as we head into cooler fall temps.

CLICK HERE to learn how to do less in the fall garden with this simple tip

Fall garden near walkway - Easy Fall Garden Maintenance

Best Plants for the Fall Garden

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know I’m not a huge fan of garden mums.

It doesn’t mean I won’t buy them, but I’d rather focus on other plants that do A LOT more in the garden.

CLICK HERE to see fall garden plants to try instead of mums

Sedum autumn joy is one of theBest Plants for the Fall Garden

Dividing and Transplanting in the Fall Garden

Although we can divide and transplant successfully in both spring and fall, I do a majority of it in the fall.

The temps are cooler and the plants develop better root systems over the winter.

Follow these simple steps to increasing your plant stock for free.

CLICK HERE to learn how to divide plants.

Dividing snake plant helps maintain the health of plants -Easy Houseplant Care Tips
Dividing snake plant in fall

Achieving Fall Color in the Garden with Foliage

Are you looking for ways to grow a colorful garden?

Foliage is just as important as the flowers when adding fall color in the garden.

Follow these simple tips to get more brilliant autumn foliage and interest in your gardens.

CLICK HERE to learn how to add fall garden color without flowers

Close up of Oak Leaf Hydgrangea with changing leaf color

Fall Garden Tip that Will Save You Money

Patience is a virtue.

No truer words have ever been spoken when it comes to gardening.

Sometimes we need patience for good things to happen.

CLICK HERE to learn how to save money and buy plants for half price.

Mailbox garden in fall with asters, sedum autumn joy and marigolds
Fall garden by the mailbox with marigolds, asters and sedum autumn joy

Plant Next Year’s Garden in Fall

While the best time to plant is in spring or fall, I prefer to do a majority of my plantings in the fall.

There is a way to do it so you can do less work AND spend less money.

And who doesn’t want that?

CLICK HERE to learn about the best time to plant new stock

My Favorite Simple Fall Decorating and Table Setting Ideas

While it may not feel like fall completely yet, I am so excited those cozy cool mornings with a hot cup of pumpkin spice.

Are you?

Maybe it’s the heat wave we’ve been experiencing here in New Jersey lately, but some of the leaves are falling in the backyard so I’m thinking about how to slowly start bringing an autumn color palette to our home.

How to Decorate for Almost Fall

Now that we are getting back into a routine, I’m almost ready to start decorating for fall. I even went as far as to take the bins down from the attic.

I opened and thought to myself, “it’s too early.”

So I put the bin back upstairs.

Because it’s still feeling a bit like summer, I’m going to start getting the house ready for fall decorating instead.

CLICK HERE to see how to transition from summer to fall with these simple decorating tips

neutral fall living room with dark leather couches, white pillows and cozy fall decorHow to Decorate for Almost Fall
Neutral fall decor in rustic farmhouse

Fall Decorating Ideas

When I start decorating for fall, I seek inspiration from the garden and run with a color palette that is garden-inspired.

Oftentimes, it’s found in new plantings I add to the beds.

Since it’s a little too hot here to start fall plantings yet, I’m not sure how I’m decorating yet.

But I LOVED my rust-colored palette from last year.

CLICK HERE to see how to decorate with faux fall florals

pumpkins, garden mums and gourds on the mantel with coffee mug -13 Simple Fall Home and Garden Ideas
Festive fall decor on the mantel with garden mums, pumpkinsm and gourds

Centerpiece Ideas for Every Season

I’m a HUUUUGE fan of centerpieces and love to make them with either faux florals, real plants, or both.

To save money on florals, I think ahead to how I can use the same centerpiece throughout the seasons without changing the whole thing.

But the best part?

It takes minutes to do.

CLICK HERE to see how to make a centerpiece that you can transform seasonally

Neutral fall table decoration - Gorgeous faux flower centerpiece idea in a vintage galvanized metal lattice planter decorated for fall in farmhous dining room with black china cabinet and hutch -Centerpiece Ideas for Every Season

How to Decorate for Fall and Christmas

Are you Team Fall or Team Christmas?

Can I be both?

I entertain the family on Thanksgiving so I prefer to keep a lot of my fall decor out.

Last year, I found a way to decorate for both and the result is amazing!

CLICK HERE to see my fall decorating tip so you can bring in the cozy winter vibes without going full on Christmas

Decorating for fall and Christmas -How to Blend Fall With Christmas to Decorate Before Thanksgiving

My Favorite Ways to Set a Fall Table

I entertained quite a bit last fall. From dinners with friends to celebrate birthdays and holidays with family, we did a lot of celebrating.

While we might be scaled back a bit from our celebrations this year, it’s still fun to set a pretty table and make a meal special for our loved ones.

Here are some of my favorite ways to set a fall table.

How to Make a Table Bigger for Extra Seating

I am NOT a fan of using folding tables when I host family gatherings.

The tables are all different heights, widths, and lengths.

They wobble. And it never looks quite right.

CLICK HERE for the awesome DIY to ditch the folding tables at your next family gathering

Thanksgiving table with fall harvest centerpiece idea -15 Simple Fall Home and Garden Ideas

2 Neutral Fall Tablescape Ideas

If you’ve been following me, you know how much I love to set a beautiful table.

And decorating a table for fall is no exception.

CLICK HERE to see how to decorate a fall table with neutral pumpkins, florals and greens

Neutral Fall Tablescape Idea with pumpkins, faux berries and greenery

Rustic Fall Tablescape Idea

But I’m not always into neutral decorating ideas and instead, pump up fall color in our home with a warm autumn color palette.

And it’s super easy to do when you have some pretty faux greens and flowers to dress things up.

CLICK HERE to see how to set a fall table using fall colors and rustic decor

Rustic Fall Tablescape Idea with tree branch discs, neutral linen napkins, buffalo check pillow, pillar candle on farmhouse table with cedar branch placemats and brilliant autumn faux greens and flowers

Fall Tablescape Idea

Do you love to dine al fresco?

Me too!

Way back when, I set this cozy fall table on the deck under the gazebo and it turned out amazing!

CLICK HERE to see what inexpensive item I used to create this pretty fall dining table

Simple Plaid Fall Tablescape Idea with faux flower centerpiece idea, candles and plaid table decor on a farmhouse table under the gazebo on the deck

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  1. Pingback: Beautiful Fall Table Setting Ideas - Stacy Ling
  2. Thanks for sharing all these inspiring photos and info. I’m getting ready for fall myself. Fresh ideas are always helpful.

    1. Stacy, I feel your pain this summer with the heat and a drought. Here in N.C we have definitely had the heat but also lots of afternoon thunder storms that produced good rainfall. My sister in Ct where I grew up and raised 2 daughters, tells me about the horrible dry conditions up your way.I did see something about a Noreaster possibly heading your way and bringing some rain,but what you need is a week of gentle rain.Hope you get some soon.

      1. Not that I want a nor-easter but would love the rain – hopefully it won’t have the impact of a noreaster and we’ll just get some very much needed rain!

  3. Keep looking at that vase with the aspen branches that you showed previously. Where can I find a jug/vase that resembles yours? Thanks