Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Front Porch Container Gardening

Planting season is the time of year I look forward to; it's a time for things to begin anew again, a time to get dirt under your nails.  I have an abundance of pots at my house, so many that I can't even fill all of them because there is no room for them all on my porch, flower beds, or patio.  If I have a hoarding tendency, it is probably toward pots (probably a few other things too if I'm honest or if you ask my husband).  I have containers in a few different areas of my house: the front porch, the front flower bed, and the back patio (for now....).  Because there are so many of them, I like to plan what I'm going to plant in each one of them.  This is a process that I have built on for years.  I have had to start over a couple of times because we have moved to different growing zones, but I always keep a record of what works (and especially what doesn't).  I also like to draw diagrams of my containers and of what and how many plants I will put into each container.

Below are the plans from my Sketchbook (pages 1 and 2) for my Front Porch Containers.  I am starting with these because I love to sit on my front porch and drink coffee, watch the kids play, people watch, read, and look at my plants.  We moved into our current house two years ago when I was very pregnant with our fourth daughter, so that first spring and summer I was not able to really get into the landscaping and gardening of our house.  This will be the second spring that I have been able to do that.  Last spring we ripped out all of the builder-grade landscaping and started over (there was nothing wrong with the builder-grade plants, but I wanted to put my own stamp on the house....and it's what we do everywhere we live so why stop now?).

Page 1 of ROF Sketchbook: Front Porch Containers

Page 2 of ROF Sketchbook: Front Porch Containers

Now for the pictures of the plants that I planted in those pots: