Sunday, May 18, 2014

Spring Front Porch

One of my favorite things to do in the Little Rock House was work in the yard, especially planting in pots around the front of the house... I was excited to get some spring flowers growing in our new house.

The main things we (my mom- the resident garden expert- and I) had to keep in mind was scale: our house sits pretty far off the road... the containers and plants themselves had to be large enough to have presence from the street.

We started at The Barn Nursery in downtown Chattanooga because they have every plant imaginable and their employees know plants.

We walked around and around trying to find something similar to the tall purple plant we had flanking the front door in Little Rock (seen above).  I also wanted to make sure the plants we chose would flower all of summer. (Several that I really liked only flowered spring/early summer.)

We landed on Mystic Spires Salvia to be the centerpiece of the planters (chosen mostly for its color and height)...

 as well as a variety of trailing petunia and sweet potato vine to spill over the sides of the pot.

Next we headed to Garden Ridge to find some large planters.  Most of the larger options were either urn-style planters or modern/Asian-style.  Also, pots are expensive; the two large, square ones I bought were $50 each!

My mom and I brought the spoils back to my house and got to digging. 

Because the pots were so large, we used the containers from our newly-purchased plants to take up some space in the bottom of the pot. (Once we removed the plants from the plastic containers, we just crushed the plastic slightly to get them to cover the bottom of the pot.  It sounds weird, but you'll save money by using less potting soil.)

Then we poured some gravel into the tow pots.  This also helps reduce the amount of expensive potting soil you use, as well as improves drainage.

Then we planted!

The salvia was our "thriller" plant- meaning that it's the tall plant in the center of the pot.

We planted the petunias in the corners closest to the door...

... and the sweet potato vine in the outer corners.


The petunias and sweet potato vine will spill over sides in just a week or two.
I love that the pots are traditional, but not the standard terra cotta pot.  In fact, they remind of the containers manicured boxwoods are often placed in.

The purple of the salvia stands out from the brown of the door and is tall enough to be seen from the street.

Happy planting!

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