In the south, porches are gathering places. Having a couple of rocking chairs and a cold glass of sweet tea or lemonade while waving at the passersby makes for a rather relaxing evening (despite the mosquitos of course). As a child I can remember playing outside while the elders sat around on the porch. Because we had to “stay in a child’s place” I was hardly ever privy to those conversations, but I always knew I would want to eventually gather on my very own porch one day.
Our first house purchase was a townhouse that did not allow for this. There was a deck but we hardly ever used it. Now, in our beautiful 1970s brick ranch, we have a linear porch that allows us create a gathering space. I was fortunate to get a couple of rockers from my husband’s grandmother that she wasn’t using. These came in handy since good rockers are not cheap!
In addition to the rockers, I wanted to add some florals and greenery. How could I do this without spending a massive amount of money over and over again? Would I be able to take care of plants during each season? These are the questions I asked myself. Artificial flowers was a thought for a brief second and then I was over it because I thought it would look too tacky. So what was I to do?? I knew YouTube and Pinterest for would have the answer.
Lo and behold, folks were potting artificial flowers on their porch and the end products were all so beautiful. So I gave it a try.
To create this, I purchased two black trash bins from Big Lots, no more than a couple bucks each. Filled it with gravel rocks from Lowe’s (about $5) and potting soil from the Dollar Tree. The rocks at the bottom give the bins weight to keep them from toppling over. The potting soil helps the illusion of real flowers. I did the same thing with my spring/summer florals and they held up quite nicely even in bad weather.
I shopped the floral sales at Michael’s to save on higher quality flowers. Michael’s and Hobby Lobby frequently put their florals on sale. Do not shop these at regular price because it can get expensive. Pick out your staple pieces and then fill in gaps with cheaper florals from Walmart and the Dollar tree.
At first, I was intimidated to shop for florals because I was not confident in my ability to put together a beautiful arrangement. The secret was to put it together in the store. Truthfully, I found it easy to do because it’s easy to pick beautiful flowers. They do all the work. When you leave to shop at other stores, just find something that has aspects you do not already have.
I am looking forward to the change each season so I can continue getting creative with florals!
What do you do to spruce up your outdoor space?
In addition to the fall florals outside, check out my fall decor on my entry way table below. I may have really gotten into the “fall spirit” for the first time ever!