Mums, gourds, maize and fall foliage are popular fodder for autumn home decorating - but thinking outside the pumpkin can result in dazzling harvest-season decor.
"There's a lot of different ways you can go," says Denny Warrenfeltz, owner of Rooster Vane Gardens in Funkstown.
For a lush, less traditional look, he suggests decorating with roses in rich bronze, gold and red tones, safflowers, hypericum berries, protea flowers, spray orchids in autumn colors and such fruits as pomegranates, persimmons and sickle pears.
Hollowed out pumpkins and gourds filled with flowers make attractive table centerpieces, but they quickly rot. Instead, place intact fall vegetation in decorative baskets or on trays, and surround with Indian corn, autumn leaves and other fall basics, Warrenfeltz says.