Spring Porch Decorating Ideas

March 20, 2014

Hello, friends


Happy Spring! 

I am so excited to finally be able to say that! 

Since today is the first day of spring, I thought I'd talk a little bit about front porch decorating.  I'm no expert, but I did learn a few things recently when I turned to my Hometalk friends for advice.

As you can see from the question that I posted, I was in a panic about finding a quick fix for those poor empty urns on my front porch.  You know, curb appeal and all that!

Anyway, I was so glad I posted that question because I got a gazillion great answers!  They really made me think outside the box and got my creative juices flowing, so I thought they might do the same for you.  Kind of like a jump start into outdoor spring decorating, if you will.  So what did I ended up doing?  Read on to find out!

My main dilemma right now is the lingering chilly temperatures here in the Midwest.  So the most popular answer was, you guessed it: pansies!  I have to admit that I've never even planted them before since I normally don't get my act together until well into spring -- at which point I just plant any old flowering annual.

Pansies can bloom from spring through early summer and do well in zones 4-8.  I'm in zone 5b, meaning that our average annual extreme temperatures can range from -15 to -10 degrees Fahrenheit.  Yes, that's really cold.  So I'm sure they'd do fine with our current average high-lows in the 20's/40's.

If you'd like to find out your hardiness zone you can visit this USDA Agricultural Research Service Interactive Map and just plug in your zip code.

Another popular idea was to plant various evergreens, along with flowering plants.

Juniper is just one example.

Boxwood is another.
I think boxwood is my all-time favorite.
Someone even suggested rosemary, with some pansies planted at the base.  I think that would be fabulous!  I love the smell of rosemary.
Another suggestion I found helpful was to add height with things like pussy willows.

Maybe even tie some of them up with a pretty pastel ribbon?

So what did I do?  Well, I would have loved to go out and shop for just the right evergreen bushes and some pansies, but I had less than 48 hours to implement the whole process.  Plus, our big box stores' nurseries aren't even selling anything yet.  So I trekked to our local nursery and picked up some, you guessed it, pansies!

 While purple isn't my color, I liked that these arrangements had some height built in with the taller grasses already in the middle.  I also Iove the contrasting shades of green going on with the leaves, especially the trailing chartreuse vines

I added some faux forsythia for a bigger p-o-p of color and was pretty happy with the results on such short notice.

Obviously, I just plopped the pot right inside the urn.

One of my Hometalk friends said pansies would be great, but that I should make sure that they're the yellow ones because houses with yellow ones sell faster than houses with other colors!  Who knew?

I obviously missed the boat on that one but since I threw in the forsythia for good measure I think that counts!

Don't you?

What do you have planned for YOUR front porch this spring?

Have a great weekend, friends!

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NanaDiana said...

Oh- That looks great when all is said and done! I always plant some type of small "tree" in my big urns...usually a fir of some sort.

One of the things I learned in advertising is that yellow is one of your best advertising tools- it is the hardest color to say NO to-even for those not drawn to the color yellow. Weird, huh? xo Diana

Kara said...

I love these ideas! I can't wait till I can add some flowers to my front porch. (We have to wait till Mother's Day to avoid frost killing them.)

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Very Pretty - Nice choice.
Judging from the extended weather forecast, it is going to be a while before I shop for flowers here.:/
Have a great weekend.

Anonymous said...

So pretty! I love all the inspiration photos too! I use artificial toparies- bad, I know! You've given me some great ideas! Have a great weekend!

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Thanks for sharing all these great ideas. Who knew yellow pansies sell houses faster...hoping that the purple ones are a winner for you.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

You got it great quick fix. You already did what I was going to suggest...I often add a few faux plants/greens/flowers to the real ones to fill them out!


Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

A great choice! The pansies create a wonderful welcome!

Fishtail Cottage said...

Love your ideas- please come on over to Fishtail Cottage and share at this weeks garden party (Thursday) xoxo

Fishtail Cottage said...

Thank you for joining in the garden party over here at Fishtail Cottage! Can't wait to see you again this Thursday! xoxo, tracie

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