ic Kathe With an E: My Front Garden

Monday, May 13, 2013

My Front Garden

I spent Mother's Day planting the pots for my little front garden and porch.
When we moved into our home 10 years ago this little patch was full of 
tree stumps and lava rock. 
Mr. B removed all of that, I added a double pot feature and began planting.
Over the years I have added perennials to the garden bed but I always use annuals in the pots.
Gardening
I normally use a tall cordyline plant for the thriller of the top pot but this year I went with a salvia plant because Mr. B liked the purple. 
The rest of the pots were filled in with petunias.
Garden Art

Garden Art
I have also placed some features such as a ceramic snail named Sid and a frog we call Big Fat Bullfrog.
I also made a garden totem several years ago from thrift store glass and flat sided marbles.
Kathe With An E - Gardening
I purchased the pots about ten years ago from a local furniture store in a set of three.
Kathe With An E - Gardening
The third, medium sized pot, sits on the front porch. 
I again used a salvia and filled it in with marigolds and petunias.
Kathe With An E - Gardening
Along the front of the porch, where we like to sit in the evening and talk over the days events, we have two long pots along the railing (only one shown here). The planters were a terra cotta color but 
I whipped out a can of brown spray paint for plastic 
and painted them so that they blended better and the plants stand out more. 
A geranium an each end with white petunias in the center really pop!

I still need to plant up some hanging baskets but I usually wait to do those until Memorial Day weekend as those dang birds love to make nests in them if I put them up too soon!

I hope you've enjoyed this little tour of my front gardens. 
I will share more of the front of our home once the perennials start blooming.
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41 comments:

  1. Love your plants and the double pot is such a great idea. Hugs, Marty

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  2. Just lovely, I really like the purple of the salvia with the red.

    Cynthia

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  3. Your planters are looking wonderful. I've had such a time with my allergies I've not been outside much this year. I really would love some flowers so maybe soon!

    hugs,
    Linda

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  4. Nice choices! Very pretty! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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  5. Your garden looks lovely. I like the purple and red together.
    Have a wonderful week,
    Bev
    @ Eclectic Red Barn

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  6. Your garden is lovely Kathe. Bif=g fat bull frog is so cute!!!

    xx
    Sumaya

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  7. Very pretty! I love the pots and the combination of colors!
    Selene @ Restoration Beauty

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  8. Hi Kathe,
    I had pottings on Saturday and Sunday was at the open porch. Did we heard Mother's Day? I thought it's our free day? §:-)

    Everything is so spring-y now and I love the huge pot you have.

    Have a happy Tuesday.
    /CC girl

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  9. Your front garden looks great Kathe! Beautiful flowers etc. Love it!

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  10. What a pretty garden! I love your little snail. :)

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  11. Beautiful Kathe! Have a great week....hugs, Penny

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  12. So cheerful and spring-y! Love!

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  13. I did my gardening this weekend too but imagine it'll take me a while to get around to posting it. I love the stacked pots with the purple tall flowers. Beautiful!

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  14. They look beautiful! My linky party is now live. I would love for you to join it. http://hickorytrailblog.blogspot.com/2013/05/assets-and-efforts-linky-party-2.html

    Thanks,
    Angela

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  15. Good Afternoon Kathe, I love salvias and pentunias planted together as they are such vibrant colours and perfect for the summer.
    Here in England it is too cold to plant out our summer annuals, I think we will have to wait until the end of the month. Summer is a long time coming this year.
    Kathe, I have enjoyed my visit and I have become a new follower. I would like to invite you to visit me at Ivy, Phyllis and Me! when you have the time, as you will be very welcome.
    I am now going to catch up on some of your other posts.
    Best Wishes from England.
    Daphne

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  16. Love the color you put together, container gardening can be so much fun.

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  17. Beautiful!
    Thanks for sharing on Favorite Things Thursday...I'm co-host this week! Make sure to stop by and say hi!
    Jen
    Throughmycreativemind.blogspot.com

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  18. Too cute! Love it. Found you through Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop - love seeing other's gardens!

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  19. I do enjoy seeing other's gardens, I can glean such great ideas. Thank you for sharing with all of us.

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  20. beautiful! I really need to get out in my garden. Thank you for sharing this on Fluster's Creative Muster Party!

    Robin
    Fluster Buster

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  21. This looks so great! I also love the little glass totem you made! Thanks for joining Diann and I at TTF!

    Linda

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  22. I love it, Kathe! And I absolutely love the frog statue!

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  23. Thanks for joining in with us over at the Creative HomeAcre blog hop and giving us a tour round. I love what you did with the spray paint on your long planter, it makes the plants' colours stand out so well. Look forward to seeing you again this weekend at http://mumtopia.blogspot.com/2013/05/bloghop19thmay.html

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  24. What a good idea to spray paint those pots! Very pretty containers!

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  25. Very pretty! We love sitting out on the porch talking over the days events too. What a wonderful time of the year/day this is. I also have problems with nests in the hanging pots...timing is everything. I’m so glad you chose to share your garden at the Rock ‘N Share! Have a great weekend! Blessings, D@TheShadyPorch

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  26. Do I see Dollar store glassware as garden art? That's my next project.

    I made some garden buddies from the Dollar store terra cotta pots. They would look great in your garden.

    http://mbella77.blogspot.com/2013/05/garden-buddies-dollar-store-craft.html

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  27. So pretty Kathe. I love flowers and I'd have a cutting garden if I could get any to grow in this Texas heat. Thanks for sharing your flower beds. Made me smile.

    Hugs,
    Peggy~PJH Designs

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  28. Beautiful! You've inspired me to try different combinations when I plant next time! Thanks for linking up at Give Me the Goods Monday!
    Amy@www.commona-myhouse.blogspot.com

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  29. Your garden looks so great. I really need to focus on the front of our house. Thank you so much for coming by and linking up to the Pinworthy Projects Party!

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  30. Your garden looks beautiful Kathe. Thanks for sharing at the Gathering Spot last week. Have a nice Sunday :)

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  31. Beautiful! I really like that double pot. I keep getting inspired to start planting but haven't made it quite yet. Now I really need to! Thanks for sharing your lovely inspiration!

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  32. Very pretty Kathe. Salvia is one of my favorites. I love the color combo of purple, red, and yellow for my annuals. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  33. Your front garden looks great. Makes me jealous...I can't seem to keep plants alive, so I don't tend to try!

    Thanks for sharing at Crafty Thursday Obsessions. Hope to see you again this week

    Stacey
    Gluedtomycrafts.blogspot.com

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  34. Thanks so much for sharing your gorgeous garden at Project Inspired! Hope to see you at tonight's party 8 pm EST!

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  35. Lovely garden, Kathe! Loved the glass mushrooms! Thank you so much for sharing at last week's All My Bloggy Friends :) I can't wait to see what you share this week!

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  36. I love frogs and yours are so cute.

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  37. I love everything! Your pots are awesome. Just pinned! Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent. Hope you are having a great week.
    XO
    Kathy

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  38. Lovely places to be. Thanks for linking up. Today a new party should open... and look forward to seeing there. Can't wait to see what you've been working on. ~ Rose

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