Wednesday, May 16, 2012

My Front Porch

One of the things which attracted me to this house when I bought it was the front porch. I do love a porch!

Not just because of the 'cottage with a porch and a picket fence' concept, which is quite charming all by itself, but there are practical considerations too. A porch can help cool a house in summer, providing a shady semi-outdoor living space. In winter it keeps snow and rain off the entry, which is nice while you are fumbling for keys.

My porch is in scale with the house, about 14' long and 5' deep, with the front door centered between two windows. It is just big enough for a chair, my big hinged package delivery box (which does double duty as a table and extra seat) and plants. Lots of plants.

Here is what I see from inside my living room: Click images to enlarge

Here it is on the porch, there is a double pink impatiens placed underneath the wire stand where it gets all the water drips and some shade.

The 14" inside diameter container was a bargain, under $15. It is lightweight resin finished to look like highly glazed cobalt ceramic. It is planted with spiky Dracena, Artemisia or Dusty Millers for the silver foliage, cheerful yellow violas, a blue lobelia, a sweet potato vine, one bi-color pink geranium and a surprise which I will share with you another day.

Y'all come back!


  1. I also love porches. My back porch is a favorite of mine.

  2. Houses with porches, especially those that wrap around the side, have always caught my eye; however, not many around here have them. I enlarged the step on the front of my house to create a porch, but does not have a roof. My large ash trees provide the shade in the morning and the house in the afternoon.