While wraparound porches are commonly associated with country houses, they are desirable features for any house in which the homeowners like to sit and enjoy panoramic views. Unlike standard porches that are only on the front of the house, a wraparound porch covers 2 or more sides of the house. Homeowners can enjoy the front porch without interruptions; when the sun hits one side too hard, they can move to another, shaded side.
If the porch is low to the ground, such as only a single step high, the porch might not have a crash barrier. People can gain access to all sides of the porch instead of having to use a single set of stairs. If the porch is surrounded by flowerbeds, this ease of access is restricted. Simply leave the edges of the porch clear so that only the lawn leads up to the porch. This creates a clean look all the way up to the porch. If the yard and porch seem to lack colour, plant flowers in planters positioned around the porch. One planter on either side of each porch column makes a big colour splash without blocking access to the porch.
If the porch is elevated, then it is likely that you can see under the porch, which is usually an undesirable feature. This barren gap can be concealed with inexpensive lattice tacked to the underside of the porch. Lattice can be painted to match the colours of the house for a seamless landscape design. White is a good colour choice because it goes with any colour and provides a neutral palette for landscape design. Plant a flowerbed along the porch; the colours of the plants will stand out brightly in front of white lattice. Choose flowers that grow no taller than the lattice if you want the lattice to stand out in your design.
If your wraparound porch is several feet high, plant shrubs that grow to the height of the porch floor or porch rail. This ties the porch in with the ground, making the porch seem more like a part of the landscape. Shrubs that work well include juniper, firethorn, boxwood, burning bush, abelia, forsythia, rhododendron and azalea. Although porches are enjoyed mostly during the warm months, be sure to plant a few evergreen shrubs so the porch is always accented with green foliage. Line the front walkway with shrubs as well and the front porch will blend with the yard and appear more inviting to guests.
Landscaping doesn't just involve the ground surrounding a wraparound porch; the porch itself will benefit from a few plants as well. Purchase hanging baskets of flowers to hang in between the porch columns all around the porch. You can use the same flower all around the porch or alternate 2 different flowers for a bit more diversity of colour. Plants that you can commonly find in hanging baskets include petunias, pansies, begonias, geraniums, calibrachoa, ferns, wandering Jew, fuchsia, lantana and impatiens, among others. Read plant care instructions carefully and choose only plants that will thrive in your USDA hardiness zone.
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