I’ve been working to add a little spring pizzazz to our porches. In Northwest Arkansas, the weather has warmed enough to mix annuals into containers. My empty containers have been patiently waiting for warm temperatures. Empty containers are sad, sad things.
I planted a few of my favorites including salvia, petunia, calibrochoa, asparagus fern, and lobelia. The large containers look sparse now, but within only a few weeks, we’ll have a stunning display leading to our front porch. Plants need room to grow. I know this. Even so, I had to resist the urge to overfill. And if it’s left up to my husband, we’ll over-plant right off.
Before Porch = No Pizzazz
Look at our pathetic “before” back porch. Not that I’m making excuses (yes I am), but we had recently painted the ceiling and walls, so everything was piled together as though straight line winds swept through.
Here’s an easy fix that makes a huge difference—I straightened furniture, fluffed pillows, and added bright plants in fun containers. Now our back porch is party ready. Or nap ready.
For a festive porch party hack, place perennials in containers to add instant “transportable” impact. Afterwards, plant them in the garden.
Gerber daisies are the happiest! Monrovia offers a variety of colors. I want to adopt them all but I practice restraint.
Don’t forget ferns when adding color. (Green is a color!) Every southern porch needs a fern or two or three.
How’s Your Pizzazz?
I’d love to hear about your gardening plans for 2017. Leave me a comment and let me know how your garden is growing. Or post a picture on my Grace Grits and Gardening Facebook page, and I’ll share it with readers.
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Little Big Town, Happy People
Love your pizazz, Talya! Still need to get some shade plants for our deck – I’m later than usual with the gardening.
Dorothy Johnson says
You porch is looking so inviting! I’m working on the same thing on our front porch and deck. Lots of ferns with touches of color work best on the front porch. I wish it had just been painted!