Throughout spring and summer, I have seen several people ask what flowers/plants they should put in front porch urns. Don’t get me wrong, I have seen some gorgeous multi-tiered displays that truly do make a front porch statement. Super wow-factor levels that would put some of the most meticulous Charleston window boxes to shame. If you have a green thumb, go for it. Go for the varieties, the trailers, the height… but if you don’t, keep it simple and go for easy longevity. For the majority of the year, I have one tried and true go-to and it hasn’t failed me yet. If you’re looking for simple, proven ideas, I’m sharing a look back of my front porch throughout the seasons and why ferns in urns are the way to go.
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This past week on my Insta-stories, I was sharing how I cut snippets of my fern fronds for easy greenery indoors and I suppose my healthy, green front porch twins stole the show 😉 I do NOT have a green thumb. That is one trait Mama Nan did not pass down. But, true to my southern roots, I have always opted for ferns in urns, flanking either side of my front door. Once it seems there’s little chance of a late frost, I purchase a pair in late March. I swear by Costco- they are always big, inexpensive, and quality (like most everything they carry – PS: we are Costco super-fans 😉 ). Our front porch fern spot primarily sees indirect sunlight and my urns are only lightweight fiberglass (and due for a paint job before year’s end). I have bricks stacked in the base to give the perfect height for literally unwrapping my fern from the plastic, plopping it (still in it’s container) in the urn, and snipping the plastic hanging part. I give them each a full pitcher every other morning. That’s it. They are super low maintenance, super hard to mess up, and make a super big statement. We actually end up rotating them out in the fall before they’ve expired. Long, rambling moral of the story- ferns on front porches are classic. You can’t go wrong. Flowers can be beautiful once they are sumptuous and if they survive but two urns situated to make a statement, only to have a few barely-hanging-in-there petunias is not the happiest way to enter your home.
The above picture is how they look, literally today. Below from a few weeks ago over the Fourth of July. Here’s a little look back at my front porch over this past year. Some of the changes are gradual and subtle, others a bit more elaborate, but one thing that doesn’t change are those urns. I love our front door so dressing her well (typically with a seasonal wreath) and framing her (like with the ferns in urns) is where I always start.
In her most recent glory, this is the look she sees most of the year. I have used the green hydrangea wreath I made for several years and seasons now and it’s still my warm weather fav. (You can see the simple DIY tutorial HERE). I don’t have to worry about the green clashing with nearby blooms, our American flag (it’s out the majority of summer). It just a good natural neutral.
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Spring is the most pared down of any season – and not all that different from summer. The front door saw a simple faux fern wreath (almost identical HERE) and this is when the ferns were brand new. No fresh growth and a little straggly. They’ve come a long way over the past few months 😉
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I’ve used “classic” a lot in this post to describe my angle for our front porch and it’s no different for Christmas. greenery, berries, red bows and simple white lights 😉 I have sees some gorgeous topiaries dressed for Christmas in urns flanking the front doors of others but my method is so simple, I don’t know that I foresee changing it any time soon. Lowe’s keeps a huge bin of Christmas tree clippings (I imagine others do, also), free for the taking. I lay down plastic and fill up the back of my car. Once I get home and stuff it in my urns, I use a few extra faux berry picks and branches. I even use a super cheap garland, wrapped around inside the base, just to fill any gaps and make it appear more full before putting the branches inside.
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Another tried and true, the urns may get ferns during warm weather months but when fall hits, mums it is! Costco is our go-to for these, also. And, I use the same method. With bricks inside, I plop them in, still in the container and cut the hanging plastic part. These also thrive and get huge. The below is soon after I got them so you can only see little maroon buds 😉
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And for good measure, and because it was a totally different direction, I’m throwing in a shot from fall 2015, also. 😉
Do you have a go-to front porch move or are you always switching it up? Are you a big believer in ferns or do you want to be now? Let me know your style in the comment section below.
Tomorrow, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite things I ordered during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Also, starting tomorrow, the sale will officially be open to non-cardholders! If you haven’t already scoped everything out, you can see what I’ve purchased so far (along with other favs) HERE.