Taking a break from Mommy Camp this week on the blog (though not here at home!) to give you folks that are sick of all this crafty, parenting stuff a break! (I hear you whispering....Where are all the DIY tutorials and gardening article?? What has this blog turned into? Give me some GARDEN!) So this week we are all garden and landscaping and DIY (Did you SEE Aki's tutorial yesterday? OUTSTANDING!) and even a little bit of thrifting thrown in there for good measure. Ready to get started? Let's dive in with a little DIY gardening, why don't we?
Now remember last month when my brother and sister-in-law came over and gave our deck a makeover with a new, fresh coat of paint? (Missed it? See the BEFORE and AFTER HERE!) Once the paint was finished, it was time to take a look at the landscaping and potted plants to see what worked and what needed to change. Join me today as we take a peek at some easy porch landscaping ideas and a few that take a little more time to achieve.
#1 BREAK UP THE LINES!Our porch is full to brimming with lines, verticals, horizontals AND diagonals. It is a pretty good mix to start with, but at certain points there is a bit too much of one directional. Case in point? This long, horizontal railing. The solution? A trellis!
Notice how the trellis pokes its head up just a few inches above the railing, breaking up that long horizontal line. Once the morning glories climb that trellis by the end of this month, their curving tendrils and leaves will make an even more pleasant break in the stark horizontal.
2. Consider Perennials Foils
3. Potted Plants Makeover
4. Color in the Bare SpotsOnce you have added in a little green in the form of potted polka dots, you will probably want to do a little more coloring. I mean, green and brown is nice, but a little PINK is even better, yes? The answer to this color problem is simple. Get in the garden and CUT your blooms! The bigger the blooms, the easier the arrangements. In this vignette, there are three tree peonies -- took 1 minute to cut, 1 minute to fill the watering can with water and voila - DONE.
5. Utilize Dried Plants and Seedheads
6. Create Color Lines
7. Add Height
So whether you are starting off with nothing or already have a decent garden surrounding your porch, there are steps you can take to make it feel "lived in" plantwise. You don't have to buy all new plants from the nursery (that wild mint in the hanging baskets, dried weedy goldenrod and all your cut flowers can come from elsewhere in the garden!). Think outside the box! Think about LINES! ...and think about COLOR!