Cabbage and Kale Fall Front Porch Decor

It’s fall front porch time again! I get so excited to swap out my window boxes and planters every year, and this year was no exception. I’m teaming up once again with a bunch of my fave bloggers in the Seasons of Home Tour hosted by the fabulous Kristen from Ella Claire & Co. Everyone is sharing how they added fall touches to their porches or patios, and I can’t wait to check out all their fun ideas. But first, I’ll share what I got up to this year!

Purple Mums fall front porch kale and cabbage planters

Also, Charlie says hi ;)



dark grey house purple mums in planters with cabbage and kale fall decor

For like one second, I was going to go with orange mums out here this year, but what brought me back to my fave color pallet were my transplanted hydrangeas. They are still pretty shades of pink and purple and the thought of adding orange and yellow into the mix gave me visions of my Rainbow Brite doll from back in the day. My 6-year-old self would have been all about that color scheme!

A close up of a flower garden in front of a house

I took a little vote on Instagram whether I should try a new color scheme or stick with my tried and true – the majority said to go with purples, so hopefully you will forgive me over here too for avoiding orange again this year.

A planter filled with fall flowers

I did, however, stray from my typical mum-stravaganza! Our local nursery had the most gorgeous kale and cabbage, so I tried my hand filling my large planters with them.

Striped gray pillows and purple mums with gray exterior house fall front porch

I left my summer vinca vine in there for some trailing greens, although I did trim it back a lot. That stuff takes over!

cabbage and kale fall planters

A planter filled with flowers

Here’s how it looks from the road. Unfortunately, I feel like this is one of those things that doesn’t photograph as pretty as it looks in person. I’m sure my neighbors thought I was nuts the 3 days in a row I was standing on a kitchen stool in the yard trying to shoot this at different times of the day to better capture it.

dark gray house exterior purple mums and cabbage

dark gray house exterior fall decor ideas

Of course, the window boxes got the fall treatment too!

Fall cabbage and kale window box idea Flower box ideas

Let’s pretend I remembered to wash the dirt off the house after planting these whoops!

Fall cabbage and kale window box idea Flower box ideas

I left the same vinca vine in here as well. Here’s a tip for getting them to look like they are really full and spilling out – I looked for cabbage and kale that were kind of growing out of their pots tilting on their sides. They were already leaning out if their containers, rather than straight-up – if that makes sense? So you can really see how pretty the centers are.

A window box planted with flowers

I love the mix of colors vs the all mum flower boxes I did last year. This is a mix of Flowering Kale, Purple Fountain Grass, and Celosia. They are all pretty hardy and being close to the house should help protect them from frost, but I may cover them at night if we get a super cold snap. Also, I should mention I bought 2 purple fountain grass and split them in half to put in my planters and window boxes. If you are able to find smaller ones you could skip that.

A flower box planted with flowers

I’m also happy to report these have been here a few weeks now and still look great! I did water them a lot through the random week of 80’s (not complaining as it could be snowing!) we had last week. I’ll be honest, I’m not the best with mums, a lot of them looked bad after a week or two last year, so I love that these seem like they will last me the season.

Flowers planted in a window box

It’s fun to drive up to the house and see the pretty fall colors. Oh and I should add that pumpkins will eventually make their appearance out here too. I’ve decided to wait a while this year and not provide a pumpkin buffet for the entire tribe of neighborhood squirrels. Sorry dudes!

A garden in front of a house

If you are new here, I just used my same pillow covers from last year. I sewed covers and put them on those long body pillows to get that extra-long lumbar look for cheap!

Front porch fall decor purple mums and cabbage

Now we are just anxiously awaiting all the trees to take their turn switching over to fall here in MI. Be sure to check out all the amazing bloggers participating in the tour below – happy first week of fall!

Fall planters in front of a lake home

Ella Claire & Co. | Rooms for Rent | The Lilypad Cottage | Maison de Pax

A white front porch

Maison de Cinq | Boxwood Avenue | City Farmhouse | Craftberry Bush

A fall front porch

Zevy Joy | French Country Cottage | Jennifer Rizzo | Home Stories A to Z

A fall front porch

My 100 Year Old Home | Kindred Vintage | My Sweet Savannah

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  1. Kelly I love everything about your house, it is beautiful! What is the exterior color on your house? It is so pretty and just the right shade. Thank you!

  2. Hi Kelly, I am researching and pulling together inspiration for our dream lake home, and I am so glad to find your blog. Your home is beautiful, bright, and so inviting. I appreciate the user-friendly format and thoughtfulness of your posts. We will start renovations to our current home, or build a new home within the next two years. Mike and I will keep you posted!

    1. Oh thanks so much Beth, I’m glad you are finding the blog helpful!! Good luck with the building process, the dreaming and planning part is the best!

  3. Everything looks perfect! Where are your planters from? I bought new antique white ones last week, but I’m not loving the one pair. Your taller one would be perfect!

  4. Hi Kelly!
    Your home is simply beautiful! I was wondering if you can tell be the dimensions of your kitchen island? Thank you. :)

  5. Love this look! And will probably copy it next year!

    My front planters tend to stay looking good – fountain grass, vinca, lime sedum, New Guinea impatiens – and coordinate well with the landscaping we put in this year. My back patio (facing west so it gets the brunt of the weather and quite shady) didn’t fare as well. I typically fill in those planters with mini-mums and add little pumpkins and gourds if more is needed.

  6. You did an amazing job again this year! The colors look perfect with your home, especially the window boxes!

  7. In my humble opinion, as they would say…

    Your homestead out shines them all … on the House tour. Simply outstanding…

    You are blessed with decor talent.

  8. Just beautiful – love the colors and design of all planters! And I agree totally – Autumn’s rich hues are beautiful with purples and burgandy! Now, if we could get out of the 90’s and 100’s here in Texas, I wouldn’t be thinking of moving north so much! Your posts are very tempting! :>)

  9. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! The exterior of your lovely home is beautiful every season but I think fall is my favorite. Say hi to Charlie for me. ;)

  10. I just love your porch in any season Kelly, but the cabbage and kale take it over the top!! It looks gorgeous, and definitely works with your hydrangeas (mine are completely dead by now!) Such a beautiful display!

    Happy fall to you!


  11. Kelly~Looks great! I love the purple hues too, you did such a nice job with all your planters. I’m just starting mine here in Boston. Hi Charlie!!

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