Front Porch Refresh

Posted by on May 9, 2012 in boxwoods, front porch | 43 comments

I think that I must have adult ADD.  I dropped the kids off at school and headed back to the house. I was going to work on a new treasure for the backyard.  On the way in I thought to myself, “I need to get this front porch ready for the summer.”  I started working on it and before I knew it I was knee deep in projects for the front porch.  My backyard project will have to wait for another day!

Here is what I ended up doing today.

My porch was a little empty.

And, it was a lot dirty!  I cleaned the whole thing thoroughly!   The lanterns had half melted candles in them, so I scraped all of the wax out of them.  The wreath is new and the garden girl (her name is Violet) ais new.  They could stay.  (You can go here and here to see how I made those.)

The other things that still looked good were the boxwoods that I planted 2 years ago!  I have loved those boxwoods!  They are green all year long.  They do not have to be watered at all in the winter because I leave them on the steps and they catch enough rain.  They just sit there and look green and pretty.  I put little Christmas lights in them in December.  I stick scarecrows in them in the fall.  I stick flags in them for the 4th.  It occurred to me that I love how easy they are.  I remembered seeing some more at Kroger.  So, off to Kroger for boxwoods!  They had 2 sizes.  I bought 6 small and 1 large.

There are several kinds of boxwoods.  This is the same kind that I bought 2 years ago, so I bought them again!

Next, to Walmart for garden soil (I also found 1 planter that I liked there.)

Then,to Old Time Pottery for more planters.

I planted them up and placed them where I wanted them.  And, here is the final result!  For most flowers, you have to wait a little while before they look good.  With boxwoods, there is instant gratification!  I like that about them, too!  I did add a few flowers to my hanging basket and to my window boxes (not pictured.)

She looks so much cuter with boxwoods at her feet!

I am working on another project for the corner.  I hope to get that finished tomorrow.  But, you never know with me. . . I will get distracted and then there is no telling what I will be doing next!

A word of warning.  As I was cleaning my light fixtures today, apparently, I got a little water down in the socket.  So, tonight when I turned on the front porch lights, I heard a strange buzzing noise and then saw flames shooting from the fixture!  Looks like I will be getting new light fixtures!  To bad that I really like the ones that I have now!

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  1. I wish I had a huge stair case like that to welcome my guests. Your pots and lanterns are beautiful.

    • Thanks! We had the steps widened a few years back and I have loved my front porch ever since!

  2. Nice job, your porch looks lovely! I love big porches and long to have one someday. Luckily mine is just big enough to hold my rocker!

    • I do love a big front porch – so Southern!

  3. I need to look for those boxwood velvets! I love those! Pretty porch.

    • Thanks! I found mine at Kroger. I am actually going back to get a couple more this afternoon. I have a couple of places in my backyard that could use some!

  4. I love the mini-update to your porch, it already looked great, but the pots and plants are like just the right frame around a picture. Looks good! I am creating over at, and a new reader – Tanya 🙂

    • Thanks! I will be sure to get over to your site tonight! Off to a soccer game for my girls now!

  5. Oh wow! So pretty and welcoming! Great job!

    • Thanks! “Welcoming” is my goal!

  6. Such a terrific use of those Bea-u-ti-ful boxwoods! I love it and just may “borrow” the idea! 😉

    • Borrow away! Some of my best ideas are the “borrowed” ones. I actually saw the idea of planting boxwoods in containers years ago. I have had fantastic luck with it!

  7. It’s gorgeous, I love it. I really need to do something with my front porch and this would be simple to do.

    Thank you!


    • Very easy! Just remember to water them a few times a week in the summer and then just sit them where they can catch some rain in the winter. (You could continue to water them in the winter, but I do not like to take the time to!) They provide some green year-round!

  8. Looks fabulous! Your whole porch is beautiful!

    • Thanks! I look forward to some beautiful weather to be able to enjoy it!

  9. great job! you have a beautiful front porch- and those steps…!!!

    • Thanks! We actually had those steps widened a few years back. They were only the width of the door. But, I am a Southern girl and like a big welcoming front porch! I need a place for my boxwoods and a place to sit with my neighbors as we watch the kids play!

  10. Your really perked up that front porch! It looks great. I bet those boxwoods will look good through the winter too!


    • The other boxwoods that I have in containers look great year round! They have replaced my typical ferns for my front porch!

  11. i’m inspired and attacking my front porch today! i’m not much of a gardener or outdoor space person, so forgive this {maybe} obvious question! i LOVE the wire forms you have — what are those, where do you buy them?!?! thanks for inspiring me, my kids and i will be working outside this week for sure!

    • I love to be inspired!!! I know that your porch will look great when you are done! As for the wire forms, they are topiary forms. They are made to grow ivy or some other climbing plant on. I like them plain. I got mine at a craft store here in Murfreesboro, TN that has now closed. I was just at the HomeGoods store and they had some that were very similar. I wrap lights around them at Christmas also. Good luck!

      • thanks! i love them plain! i’m on the search now!!!

  12. Your front entry looks so pretty with all your greenery. I love boxwood too, and I have a lot planted around the house.
    Mary Alice

    • I love how green it stays year round! Next, I need to learn how to preserve it! Oh, the possibilities!

  13. That’s a great transformation. Your front area looks cool and welcoming now.

    • Thanks! “Welcoming” is the goal!

  14. Your front porch is just beautiful! I am such a sucker for a boxwood! 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Inspiration Friday~

    • Glad to share! Boxwoods are my new favorite container plant!

  15. I love your boxwoods. I use to have them at my other home back, North, but since I live in the South now, I am researching other plants in my area…..Aren’t porches wonderful, I just repainted mine also and just love it.

    • I am in Murfreesboro, TN right outside of Nashville, and the boxwoods do great here! You might be even further south. . . but you still might be able to give them a try?

  16. Your porch looks great, so very inviting! Love the boxwoods, wonder if they would winter in PA?

    • Thanks! I am not sure if they would survive your winter in a container? I live in zone 7 on the gardening map. Good luck!

  17. Love the wide steps & the boxwoods are gorgeous!

    • Thanks! We widened the steps a few years back. I wanted them to be wide enough that I could put big potted plants on every step. I have loved it! And, now that I have discovered how well boxwoods do in my climate – I am loving it even more!

  18. I think Voilet is so cute on your porch. Everything looks so inviting. Great job.

  19. Your front porch looks lovely! You’ve sold me on boxwoods! They look so fresh and green…great addition to your porch! 🙂

    • I LOVE boxwoods! I hope they do as well for you as they have for me!

  20. Seriously, the cutest porch I have ever seen. So colorful and whimsical too. Thanks for sharing with the newbie party.

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