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Fall Hanging Basket Ideas – Fall Garden Tour 2016

Posted in DECOR, DIY, OUTSIDE
on September 28, 2016

Hey, Y’all! It’s been all about the fall around here lately, and that is not going to stop! I’m here to talk to you today about the plants I chose for my latest hanging basket. With the first day of Fall behind us, it might be time to think about updating your hanging planters with flowers and plants that will take you right into the cooler temperatures that are just around the corner! 


Last week I showed you the inside of my home where I added a few – OK a lot – of Fall touches. Today it’s all about the outside of my house!

Earlier in the summer, I participated in a summer garden tour organized by Tara from Lehman Lane. It was a whole lot of fun! I was able to work with some of my favorite bloggers, and I ended up with a super cute sitting area just off of my garage. Needless to say when Tara mentioned she was organizing a Fall garden tour I jumped at the chance! 

Although the curb appeal boosts that my front porch recently received still has a lot of life in it, I still like to add a few seasonal touches, starting with the hanging basket that I have hanging above the numbers of my house.

Obviously, this fern has seen better days!

This is what I used to create my planter: 

  • A container
  • Soil
  • Plants
  • If using a wire container, you’ll also need a peat liner

When choosing plants for a hanging basket, I look for plants that can take a bit of dry out because I don’t always remember to water them. I also usually look for plants I can take a bit of shade because my porch has an overhang and therefore very little sunlight gets to them. For fall plants I’m also looking for those that can take a little bit of a frost.

Specifically, I look for a cascading or a low plant variety to start, a large or taller sizes plant and a medium size plant. I tend to buy the plants in odd numbered amounts rather than even because I find that it’s easier to space the plants out.

It’s a bit tough to find flowers that cascade for a flower basket for fall so instead I opted for the chartreuse foliage the sweet potato vine.  It’s an annual where I live, which means that it will die off when the weather gets too cool, but for now, it will add a much-needed pop of color to the basket. For this basket, I used three 4-inch pots.

For my large plant, I used a ‘Sunsparkler Dazzleberry’ sedum which has an upright habit, and will get to be about 18 inches tall and will not spread a whole lot. I purchased one to use in the center of the basket.

For my medium-sized plants, I went with petunias in two different colors – ‘Matrix Orange’ and ‘Red w/blotch.’ I purchased two cell-packs which gave me 12 plants and only used nine of them. The rest are put into a small pot to sit on the table outside on my porch.

My container is a semi-circle and therefore planting was a cinch, as I only had one view to worry about. If you’re using a round planter, I’d recommend doubling. To plant a semi-circle planter, begin by adding a small amount of soil to your lined container. Plant your cascading plants towards the front edge of your basket, being sure to leave sufficient room between plants. Next, add your center, or tall plant. Last, add your medium height plants between the tall and cascading plants, filling in any space. Add soil in and around all the plants. Water well then hang! 

To finish off my Fall porch I added a few other accessories. 

Mums lining the walkway ensure a pretty view all the way to the front door. 

Pumpkins always say Fall is here. 

Throw pillows and blankets in warm colors add a pop of color and texture. 

Chair Makeover
Chair Makeover

A fun wreath completes the look. 

Wreath

Here are those un-used pansies I mentioned. 

And just like that, the outside is as ready for fall as the inside! 

Thank you to Tara for including me in such a fun hop! For other Fall Garden ideas, be sure to check out all of the inspiration overloads from these talented ladies! 

Alfresco Dining in a Secret Garden – Alfresco Tablescape Blog Hop 2016

Posted in OUTSIDE, PARTIES, TABLETOP
on August 1, 2016
Hi, Friends! Monday came so quickly – this summer is flying by. Our weekend was fabulous. It cooled down just enough for us to get outside for a bit of yard work and fun! But today, I am excited to be joining the lovely Chloe of Celebrate and Decorate for a sweet summer Alfresco Dining Tablescape Blog Hop! 
I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve gotten awfully behind on my gardening, especially in the backyard. The front yard received a little bit of love earlier in the summer, but the backyard has been woefully neglected. 

When things are looking overgrown as they are I tend not to want to spend much time out back, as it usually reminds me of all of the work there is to do! But I got to thinking lately that summer only lasts so long, and we should be taking advantage of the warm days and sultry evenings whenever we can. It’s all about perspective – rather than seeing my garden as overgrown, I’m choosing to see it as a secret garden! And there is no better place for a picnic for two than a secret garden.  
One doesn’t need a fancy patio set to enjoy a romantic summer picnic – All that’s needed is a quiet spot, a place to lean your elbows on, some comfy chairs, plates you love – unmatched or otherwise! – Good food and wine and great company! Candlelight doesn’t hurt either.  
I enjoy blurring the indoor/outdoor line by using my indoor furniture outdoors.

My favorite flower – hydrangeas. I was surprised to see that the blooms on our shrubs were a kaleidoscope of colors this year – pinks, blues, purples – with both large and compact clusters! 

So, do you have a Manicured or a “Secret” Garden? No matter what you have, I hope you’re able to spend some time in it before the summer’s end! 
Thanks so much for stopping and make sure you drop by to visit some of my talented blogging friends for alfresco dining tablescape inspiration galore!  
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Before and After: Five Steps to a Charming Outdoor Sitting Area

Posted in DECOR, OUTSIDE
on June 21, 2016
Spring Burlap Wreath with Felt Flowers
Hello, and welcome to the Garden and Outdoor Spaces Blog Hop! I’m excited to share my driveway sitting area with you and hope you agree that space is much improved. A big thank you to the always sweet Tara at Lehman Lane for hosting this fun hop and be sure to check out Emily at Two Purple Couches for a peek at her Garden and Outdoor Space! 

I don’t know about you, but my kid LOVES to play in the driveway. We have oodles of kid-centric outdoor space for him, but he prefers the blacktop every time. This causes a bit of a predicament – it’s the one part of the house that we can not see him from any other part of the house unless we are right with him. As a result, we spend a lot of time in the driveway, just outside of our garage. 

The garage is also our most used entrance into our home, only not through this door! As you can see, the entrance is blocked, and the door is falling apart. With my recent efforts toward curb appeal – what? You’ve not seen the Front Porch Reveal?! –  this seems like an obvious place to make some real change. Given that we’ve recently painted the shutters and the front door a deep black, this one, still green, sticks out like a sore thumb. Literally. 

We plan to replace the door and the clutter inside isn’t going anywhere anytime fast, but that doesn’t this area where we spend so much time and pass by so often couldn’t be a little more pleasing to the eye – for not one dollar even! Just by moving some things around and borrowing from the inside – a Charming Driveway Seating Area in just five steps!  

Spring Burlap Wreath with Felt Flowers

Step 1: Add Seating. These chairs have been hanging around the house and are mainly used as extra seating. Although I likely wouldn’t leave them out in the elements permanently, they can safely stay in the garage until we’re ready to use them. I love the new seating area so much that I plan to add some more permanent outdoor chairs shortly!  

Step 2: Add a table. A table is a great place to show off accessories and to put a cold drink when I’m watching my child run circles in the driveway. 

Step 3: Add life. I added multiple plants in various shapes and sizes. We have great morning light in this spot and shade in the afternoon – perfect for plants and also for sitting! All of these plants are perennials as well, and little maintenance. I love how they soften the look of the blacktop. 



Step 4:  Accessorize. Just like inside your home, the right accessories can make a huge difference outside your home. The wreath on the door hides the worn areas of the door and draws your eye away from the clutter inside. Look around your home for items that can work both inside and out! 

Spring Burlap Wreath with Felt Flowers
Step 5: Enjoy it! 

Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you found some fun ideas for your Outdoor Space! Make sure you head on over to Two Purple Couches and tell Emily I said “hi”! For even more fun, visit our participants from this week! 
Summer Garden Tour & Ourdoor Spaces Blog Hop

Summer Garden Tour & Outdoor Spaces Blog Hop

Summer Garden tour and outdoor Spaces Hop

Monday

Lehman Lane

Our House Now a Home

The Dean’s List

Green with Décor

2 Bees in a Pod – Vicki’s House

Summer Garden Tour / Outdoor Spaces Hop

Tuesday

Two Purples Couches

Knock it Off Kim

Summer Garden tour and blog hop

Wednesday

2 Bees in a Pod – Jennifer’s house

My Life from Home

Average but Inspired

Refresh Living

Summer Garden tour and blog hop

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

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