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Monday, August 16, 2010

My Porch Dressed for the Beginning of Fall!

I had so much fun planting the pots on my porch for fall. What kind of plants do you plant for the fall on your porches?

 Be sure and go to the end of the post to see the new cushions in black with white trim. I am loving them with the black and white striped curtain. It feels just like I wanted it too.

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I always try to have something higher in the middle towards the back. This is a Lemon Cypress tree. They are often used to make topiaries, but I like its natural Christmas tree shape. When ever I use a touch of lime in plantings I try to add a plant with a touch of grey to its leaves for contrast. I find it more interesting to add different shapes and textures of leaf material in a planting mix. The best part is the Lemon Cypress really does smell just like a lemon!
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This is very similar to the other gray urn, but this is a black pot. I love the way the very dark coleus picks up the blackish look. The other coleus leaves bring out the dark pink in the impatiens. Another element I like to add to a mix is a pop of white as seen in the tiny ethereal looking flower.
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This is my black hanging pot which hangs to the right of my door. Here you will see a pop of lime coleus mixed with the dark velvety leaves of the other coleus. I also added a pop of whitish/gray with dead nettle. This is a great plant for hanging planters.
Next dressing will include adding the mums and white and green pumpkins but not until September.
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Here is my porch with the new black cushions with the white trim. I love these cushions and the sharp look they give to my porch. I am still enjoying my morning coffee sitting in that little corner chair. The impatiens have grown and filled in the front planter and make a nice carpet of pinks and white.(would  you believe there is a boxwood hedge under all that pink and white?) The monster fern is still healthy and enjoying life!!
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Oh I almost forgot about the white hydrangeas! They went in my backyard window box. Before we go back there, remember the back of my home is painted green with cobalt accents. I did this to keep a cool look for the summer heat around the swimming pool. Here are the white hydrangeas new home.........
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“Enjoy the Process” Of:
Adding your own special touches to your fall porch.


Kat said...

Oh Kathysue, I wish I was sitting on that porch having a cup of coffee with you right now. It's gorgeous. Love the little lemon cypress. I just love plants that give off scent, and the color is beautiful. The cushions are beautiful, the perfect fit for your lovely porch.

vignette design said...

Hi Kathysue,
You definitely have a green thumb. Your front porch looks awesome with the new cushions and new plants. I'll bet you will be enjoying your morning coffee even more surrounded by such beauty.

Will @ Bright.Bazaar said...

Oh, Kathysue, your porch is delightful! So fresh, fun and wecloming. I'm loving the little conifer and the cushions and striped foot stool!

Allie and Pattie said...

Beautiful!! I love your porch! But did you say FALL?? It's so hot and muggy here- hard to think of Fall!
xoxo Pattie

Design Esquire said...

It's gorgeous!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Kathysue, everything in your yard is so fresh and green. I love your front porch and those custom cushions look so good. I love the blacks and greens on your porch. Or yard is not looking so good right now. We need rain. It keeps missing us lately.

Acanthus and Acorn said...

It looks to lush and vibrant...just love all your choices! The plantings and pillows together look amazing...I especially love the black planters!!!

Jules said...

Kathysue it just keeps looking better and better and I just love the colours of the impatiens. You really do have bags of swag my girl ( Australian translation can be given if required!!!!!)

Sue said...

It all turned out beautifully. You must want to sit out there all day long! The cushions, the colors and I love that you added the little trees...excellent choices!

Unknown said...

Its so hot here! I'd love to think about fall, but the only thing I can think about is staying indoors in the air conditioning! Fall seems very far away! As always, your porch looks so beautiful, and because you're in sunny CA, you get flowers all year round. I'll be putting out pots of mums and lots of pumpkins...maybe some kale as well.

Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. said...

Kathysue, It looks like Spring for here instead of Fall. Everything is so lush and green. Everything I have is about fried to a crisp and you cannot even buy anything in the nurseries to replace it with right now. Lucky you. Yours is just beautiful. I know that you are really enjoying it.

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Your garden and all of your planted containers look so pretty and lush. I love the black cushions and that little round wicker chair is so sweet. It's all so pretty and inviting.


Pinky said...

HI Kathy Sue, My hubby is sitting on our front porch but I am in here in the AC, cause it is so darn hot and muggy out there! We are in Pa. and having another week of HOT and HUMID!!!! I LOOOOOVE fall but can't get in the mood yet! Your porch looks SO beautiful! The plants are lovely and so lush. Have a great week. XO, Pinky

Nancy's Daily Dish said...


Your front porch looks so alive with color and so inviting. I love the pillows and the black accents. I think you having me want to plant a lemon cypress tree. Your arrangement is so pretty!


koralee said...

Your porch is lovely!!! I adore your sweet chairs and cushions. You do have the magic touch my friend. oxxoxo

DesignTies said...

Your fall plantings are beautiful, but oh no, I don't want to think about summer ending!!!

Your impatiens are beautiful :-) They're my favourite flower for summer -- they're pretty, they come in so many bright & happy colours, and they happily grow and bloom all summer long :-)

I'll be blogging about my secret vacation location soon -- hope you'll stop by to check it out. I have a LOT more picture to post!!


Anonymous said...

That looks amazing! Love the cushions too!!

Eddie & Jaithan

Debbie L. said...

I absolutely love everything about your porch. KathySue the new cushions really add that extra special touch. Oh most definitely go with the awning over the bay window. I think that would be the icing on the cake!

You have an amazing eye for creating beautiful unique spaces! Cant wait to see the addition of the white and green pumpkins!

Debbie L.

diane@onlinefabricstore said...

I am looking forward to fall and your beautiful landscaping takes me there. The cushions are great also. B&W is my favorite color combo anyway. I love to plant mums in my garden and the popping sound and smell when I deadhead them brings back great memories of doing that with my Grandmother when I was a kid.

Privet and Holly said...

Gorgeous, Kathysue
and so YOU!!!
You are right, the
black and white
together are so sharp;
and the punch of hot
pink from the impatiens
is just right, along
with all of the varied
hues of green. I love
the little cypress trees!
{Well, I love it all, really!}
Thanks for the peek and
wish we could sit there
together and enjoy that
coffee : )!
xx Suzanne

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Your house is always so pretty and your flower pots are always stunning. I love your porch. Perfect and your landscaping is stunning. I would love to sit there and watch the sprinklers with you. Love ya. Hugs, Marty

Marcus Design said...

Kathysue that pillow makes me sqeaul with delight! I love it all. I'll be missing your lovely posts while I am away, but before you know it I'll be right back here!! Take care,
Nancy xo

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Kathysue, I just discovered your blog and it is wonderful!!! I have signed on to follow and hopefully learn a thing or two! Thank you! Linda

Leah said...

I adore your porch so much! I am so excited for fall now!


Kathy :) said...

So pretty Kathysue I use mums and of course purple and white cabbage to my Fallscape...

I can't believe it's almost time I usually plant around the 29th of August...I hate to see the rush summer

All the best,
Kathy :)

Kathy :) said...

that should say: I hate to rush summer....LOL

xinex said...

All your plants look so healthy and are all thriving so well, KathySue. Must be the combination of your green thumbs and California weather...Christine

Blooming Rose Musings said...

The flowers and plants are lovely. The colors are vibrant and sophisticated. I can't believe how lush everything looks. Your cushions are very striking. The mix of ferns and hydrangeas is fabulous. Absolutely beautiful!

Pauline Wiles said...

Your porch is utterly gorgeous.
But is it OK if I stay in denial about Fall for a bit longer? I'll be ready for it by about the third week in October :)

Lila said...

That is beautiful! I love those pillows on your chairs! Lovely!
Lila Ferraro

Lauren said...

Kathysue- I just can't get over it in ANY season. Your ferns are so beautiful and I love your b & w touches. Such a happy pretty space. Enjoy it!!!

Unknown said...

Looks like alot of fun to me! Welcome home from your trip, which I LOVED seeing your posts from there!
Happy fall and planting!
xo Nancy