You need to redecorate the front porch but you just can't figure out what to do. Be creative and look at your pots in a new light. They don't have to just hold plants. Other decorations in the plants are attractive in the winter months when blooming flowers are not available. Or, spruce up the old ones with paint or decals. Consider other items around the home that can be turned into decorative planter pots as well.
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From the ceiling of the porch, hang decorative baskets filled with geraniums, ivy, petunias or any other type of flower or vine. Take the boring plastic planter and remove the metal hanger. Place the plastic pot in a macramé plant hanger. The macrame plant hanger can be much prettier than the metal wire of the plastic bucket. Paint the plastic pots in a variety of colours so they will stand out and be noticeable from the street. Anything goes when planting the plastic pots.
Use old watering cans, metal washtubs, an old pair of boots, bowls or anything you can think of that will hold soil and a plant. The ideas for this type of planter are endless. Use a pair of old boots, filled with flowers or green plants and sit in the corner of the porch. Place an old washboard behind the boots for a country look to the porch.
Hang planter boxes on the outside porch railing. Place plants with bright red blossoms in the planter boxes to outline the porch area to make it inviting. Set pedestal pots on each end of the steps to the front porch. Geraniums, hibiscus, small trees or ivy is excellent choices for the pedestal pots.
Do not neglect the porch in the fall and winter. The porch can still be appealing by using the pots for other decorations in the winter. Place a grouping of small pumpkins or one large pumpkin in the pots on the porch. Plant small pine trees in large pots in the porch corners or one each at the beginning of the steps to the porch. Decorate the small trees like Christmas trees. After Christmas, plant the small pine trees in the yard.
Use dried flowers or plant chrysanthemums in the window boxes for a fall theme. Use benches and place various sized pots in a random order on the bench. Use a utility cart on the porch to hold more potted plants. Install a hanging table and place a pot full of blooming plants in the centre of the table. A hanging table is made with macramé and a round piece of glass or wood.
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