Since Spring is in full swing here, both Simon and I have had the itch to get out in the yard and pretty things up a bit. At our first house, we were actively involved in the complete makeover of our front yard, and it was a lot of fun. A lot of work. But a lot of fun. Now, at our current house, it was nice to come into a yard that was already well-maintained. We just get to put our own personal stamp onto it, like adding some of our favorite plants and flowers.
I’ve been on the hunt for some eye-catching planters for the front porch. I feel like the front porch is an extension of our entryway. I want it to be a little bit dramatic, a little bit whimsical, and just the right amount of color. It ought to be inviting. And it ought to speak of your personality. Hence, the great hunt for planters. I had kinda pre-shopped around to see what was available, checking out prices. I knew that I would fall madly in love with whatever they have at TLC here in Oklahoma City. They have the prettiest selection of all things landscaping, right down to their old-fashioned brightly-colored watering cans. And of course, planters are no exception. They’re all arranged according to color, and they are absolutely stunning.
Jude likes the giant “feet” planters. And yes, they come in every color!
The glossy black is so dramatic. I love it.
But it’s the blues that really catch my eye.
OHHHH YES. The tiffany blue is IT! These are the ones I originally brought Simon to see. I love them. I love their color, their glossiness, and I just knew that they’d pop against our red brick. Gorgeous.
Alas. They were not meant to be. Un petit peu too expensive, and maybe a hair too short.
But oh my. Look at that ombre above. Gorgeous. And the green section?! HELLO.
Hydrangeas are my favorite, and they are in full bloom right now @ TLC.
A sandbox to pass the time in …
Finally, we headed over to Home Depot, where I had seen some planters I really liked. Silly me – I should’ve shot some photos of them. They were really cool and in some amazingly bright colors. Simon didn’t feel they were 100% right for the style of our house, and in the end, I agreed. But they were definitely fab. However, Home Depot came out the clear winner among the (relatively) inexpensive big box-type retailers (i.e., Lowe’s, WalMart, Target, etc.). Target came in a close 2nd with some nice Smith & Hawken offerings, but everything else was a total bust (cheap-looking or ugly). I was pleasantly surprised at the selection @ Home Depot. Check these little dimpled orange cuties out –
But it was this collection that gave us a second look. Nearly identical in color, style, and texture to the ones we saw at TLC, but half the price!
We ended up not getting the tallish green ones, although I really like them. A lot. As in, now that I think about it, maybe we should’ve gotten a couple for the back patio. But the blue pots are so striking on our front porch. I’m just pleased as punch. No great reveal just yet – we still need to get the plants to put in them, but I feel like we are taking the right step. Thank you thank you thank you to my sweet hubs for indulging me! I love this man!
How about you? Are you into gardening? I feel like I know absolutely nothing. Have any good references?