Our front porch is one of my favorite places to sit. It is a great place to reconnect with my husband after a long day where the dishes and laundry are not staring at me waiting to be done. There is enough vegetation so that I feel cloaked behind my garden in my private oasis but at the same time is welcoming to friends and neighbors. In planning our front porch there were a couple of key ingredients that I knew I wanted to include:
1.) Rocking Chairs
Rocking in rocking chairs is incredibly soothing. I am not sure if it reminds me of rocking my kids to sleep, or if it reminds me of rocking on a boat or what. But there is something definitely said for rocking away your worries on a rocking chair. We have a pillow on each of our rocking chairs which makes them even more comfortable and brings a splash of bright color to the porch.
2.) Cozy Landscaping
I know the term “cozy landscaping” is unique but I guess it is my way of describing cottage landscaping. Landscaping that makes you think of drinking sweet tea and swinging on a swing. I have Annabelle Hydrangeas all across my front porch and I absolutely love them! They grow right up almost to the top of my porch raining and fill in the entire front landscape with huge beautiful white flowers. Because they are so tall and full they make the front porch like a cozy oasis.
3.) Large inviting planters
We have two large planters on either side of the steps up to the porch and I feel they provide structure to the landscape, a little formality, and beautiful colors to the entrance. In both the planters and window boxes, I typically change out the flowers three times; once in early spring, once in mid-summer, and once in early fall.
4.) Window boxes for the porch rail
Absolutely love my window boxes on the porch rail. They may be my favorite, probably because they stand out so much. I always typically include some sticks to give it some height, some trailing vines to give it some depth, and lush flowers for in-between.