Potted Boxwoods for the Front Porch

Posted by on Apr 17, 2013 in boxwoods, front porch, outdoors | 31 comments

I would like to share something with you today. . .

Possibly the greatest thing since adhesive plate hangers.

Or, sliced bread.

You might not understand at first.

But, I think I will make a believer out of you.

It is. . . (drum roll)

Potted Boxwoods!

Let me show you why they are so fantastic.

Spring Front Porch @ DaisyMaeBelle

Potted Boxwoods @ DaisyMaeBelle

I am a busy gal.

I have 3 busy girls.

And, one busy husband.

This leaves very little time to water potted plants.

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And, I have discovered

(time and time again)

that, potted plants have to be watered.

Or, they die.

Spring Front Porch @ DaisyMaeBelle

Unless they are boxwoods.

Boxwoods for the Front Porch @ DaisyMaeBelle

I planted these babies up last Spring.

And, shared a complete “how-to.”

I tried to water them about twice a week during the summer.

Fall Front Porch @ DaisyMaeBelle

I decorated them up for the fall. . .

(I had stopped watering by this point)

Potted Boxwoods for Christmas @ DaisyMaeBelle

for Christmas,

(still no water)

Easter Front Porch @ DaisyMaeBelle

and, for Easter.

(still no watering from me.)

Spring Front Porch @ DaisyMaeBelle

This morning I gave them a trim,

some mulch,

and LOTS of water.

They look good as new.

(My weekly watering will now begin.)

My Golden Retriever @ DaisyMaeBelle

Unless, I can teach her how to water?

Decorating with Lanterns @ DaisyMaeBelle

Probably not going to happen. . .

She’s just one more thing that has to be watered!

I don’t think I could replace her with a potted boxwood?

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  1. Good to know! We want to get some boxwoods for in the ground at home in our landscaping but I hadn’t thought to pot them! Great idea! And there’s that sweet fur baby again!! -Karen

  2. Melissa! You know you’d never replace ZuZu!! Banish the thought! Cute porch ideas…I, too, am the forgetful waterer. By mid-summer all my container plants are gasping & wilting.

  3. Hi, Melissa! Your boxwoods look really great in the pots, I never of doing something like this and it’s pretty disappointing to lose a pot of flowers because you’re spread so thin. I like how you changed them up for fall. too!

    We have boxwood hedges all around our garden beds. Hubby likes to give them a mix of epsom salts in water a couple of times a summer and they get really green and glossy. And save those clippings, they make great wreaths that everyone is paying an arm and a leg for! ;-D


  4. When you share this post, I have to wonder where you live. If I did this and left my pots out, they would freeze, so you have to tell everyone where you live or they might think that they could do this too.

    • I live in the great state of Tennessee! So, this might not work for everyone. Our temperatures dive into the teens in the winter, and they weather fine. But, if you get crazy cold, this probably would not work for you!

  5. what a cute post…your poor boxwoods…lol…I love Boxwoods fake or real. Have you noticed how expansive fake boxwoods are?? gesh…..those little fake boxwood balls at the craft store?? Like 12 bucks for one…

  6. how fun! lovely porch.

  7. i think boxwoods might be the plant for me! i kill many potter plants. and many non-potted. just plants. i just kill plants.

    • I’m right there with you, Cassie!

  8. I love, L.O.V.E potted boxwoods! I am planning on doing this soon! Thanks so much for the inspiration!!! xoxo

  9. Your boxwoods look great. They’re one of my all time favorite shrubs, and I have several in pots and some which have outgrown the pots and gone to live in the yard. I especially like the dwarf English ones which keep a nice round shape and don’t need to be trimmed too often. Thanks for sharing your pretty pots.

  10. I LOVE potted boxwoods… although I love gardening I never remember to water my plants at the front door either. My boxwood has gone all winter at my front door without hardly a drop. It is absolutely amazing. I am going to get some more for in front of either side of our garage (apparently the globe cedars we had there needed a little more water and didn’t quite make it… oops).

  11. Just wondering about the planter with the dome shaped top on top of some windows in framing. What is the item on top? I really like the look of this item which in your photo is next to your front door. I love all your planters, thanks for sharing.

  12. Ok now I want spring to arrive RIGHT NOW! I’m still dealing with snow and your front porch is looking amazing and oh so pretty. I’ve never tried potting boxwood, I’ve planted it before. I’m thinking I going to have to give it a try.

  13. I love boxwoods! They are so easy to care for and make a great base for holiday decorations. You made me laugh with the comments about your dog.

  14. I absolutely love walking up to this lovely porch!

  15. Your boxwood looks amazing! I’ve never even considered whether boxwood would even grow here in the AZ desert, but I’m going to check that out.

  16. They’re super nice looking, but totally not as handsome (or beautiful) as the Goldie! I am trying my thumb at several different plants myself and I’m doing alright with some and not as great with others. It’s all a process. Part of my problem is the time constraint as well! Oi!

  17. I love boxwood, but I never would have thought of them as a potted plant? It’s so neat how you decorated them for each season.

    It’s wonderful to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

    – The Tablescaper

  18. Naaaw, don’t replace her – your pup is so adorable 😉

    I am also a big fan of boxwoods, I just hate trimming them. But your porch looks awesome!

  19. Holy. Cow. You just rocked my world. I HAD NO IDEA you could stick boxwoods in a pot! I’m pinning this idea and totally copying you! Thank you for sharing! 🙂

  20. Your porch looks beautiful! The boxwoods never outgrow the pots?

  21. I live in northern Michigan where winters sometimes get to zone 4. My boxwood in the flowerbeds grows fine and comes back every year. I would think it would be okay in pots too. I think I’m going to try this and mix with some flowers. I won’t have to buy so many flowers and water as many pots so often. Thanks for the tip!

  22. So good to know! I love the look of boxwoods, and am also horrible about watering my plants. Thanks for the tip!

  23. This is such a good idea. Your porch is lovely and the boxwoods look great in every season. Where did you find those cute carrots?

  24. Exactly what I need for the entry to my front porch. Mine porch is not half as lovely as yours but they certainly would improve it! They make such an inviting entrance to your lovely home.

  25. Love the boxwoods. They look amazing. Great idea to put them in pots for the steps. Thanks for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  26. You have made a believer out of me!! I typically don’t like boxwoods, but they look so much better in a pot, it looks like a whole new plant to me!! Love your seasonal decorations too!!

    Jenny from diywithjenandb.blogspot.com

  27. What a fantastic idea!! I am not the greatest about remembering to water either. I am going to plant some boxwoods this weeks. Your golden is adorable too. I have 2 goldens. Thanks for the great idea.

  28. Such a great idea! I had never thought to plant these in a pot but need all the help I can get to NOT have to water. I agree, there are already too many things in my life that need watering!

  29. I love boxwood, but I’ve never tried them in pots! Your porch is so pretty and I love your front door!

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