That Plant Life: Easy Spring Decorating for a Small Porch (with Plants) + DIY Totem Planters

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That Plant Life: Easy Spring Decorating for a Small Porch (with Plants) + DIY Totem Planters. #planters #diyplanters #smallporch #porchinspiration #outdoorspace #frontdoor

This post is sponsored by First Editions® Plants and SheKnows Media.

The weather has been up and down in Atlanta lately. But spring is officially here and I’m hoping that temperatures will start warming up for good soon. So, I put together a quick (and very easy) front porch makeover to inspire you for the new season. It’s perfect for small spaces, and can be completed in about an hour! Which makes this one of the fastest makeovers I’ve ever done.

Click through to see how it all came together (and get the tutorial for those DIY terra cotta totem planters in the photo).

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One of the things that made this makeover so easy is that I was able to pick up everything needed for the project in one spot! I just went to my local plant nursery, picked up the plants I liked, grabbed some potting soil (and a few extra planters – I already had some of them), and was ready to get started.  I used this online tool to find all of the locations in my area that carry the First Editions® Plants I was looking for, which was super helpful. Just look out for the purple pot!

FYI – There are 125+ plant varieties in the First Editions® collection, so there’s plenty of options to choose from. But these are the exact ones I used for the makeover: Crimson Fire (the purple leaf plant that I used in the totem planters) // Cinnamon Girl (the smaller plants that I used in the ceramic plant stand planters and the oblong terra cotta planters on the second step) // Vintage Jade (the larger shrubs in the woven planters).

That Plant Life: Easy Spring Decorating for a Small Porch (with Plants) + DIY Totem Planters. #planters #diyplanters #smallporch #porchinspiration #outdoorspace #frontdoor

Once I arrived at the house, I swept all of the steps to get rid of any dirt, leaves, etc and planned out where I wanted everything to go. Usually that involves just plopping everything down – planters and plants – in the area to see the different heights together and get a visual before planting anything.

After deciding on the basic layout (it’s a small space, so there wasn’t a ton of planning involved), I planted everything in the pots and started arranging. Easy as can be. If you need any planting tips before starting your project, start here.

Make thes DIY Totem Planters for your front porch! Click through for the tutorial. #planters #diyplanters #smallporch #porchinspiration #outdoorspace #frontdoor

How to Make Terra Cotta Totem Planters

This idea couldn’t be any easier. All you need are 2 terra cotta pots that are the same size and height. I picked mine up at a local plant nursery, and found that the best option is one that is a bit rounded, like mine, without a top lip. Turn one pot over (upside-down) and then place the second one on top of the first one, right-side up, with the plant already inside.

The weight of top pot should press down enough on the bottom one to keep it securely in place. But if you’re concerned about it toppling over, you can use liquid nails or something similar to bond the two pieces together. And in case you were wondering… the holes for the two pots should line up pretty well stacked this way too, so they should allow for proper drainage of water, etc.

Easy Spring Decorating for a Small Porch (with Plants) + DIY Totem Planters. #planters #diyplanters #smallporch #porchinspiration #outdoorspace #frontdoor

How to Pick Out the Right Plants for Your Project

When picking out plants, there are always three things I think about: color, texture, and size. I typically go for a variety of all three of these things – so I pick groupings of plants that have varying colors, textures, and sizes / heights, etc. It works really well because it means I’m always thinking about how the plants will look together in a space (especially in a small one like this), not just individually. In my mind, variety is key – BUT all of the plants should have a cohesive feel when grouped together. And that’s kind of my recipe for success with plants.

Other than that, I strongly believe that picking out really cool planters will go a long way in making you happy with the end result. For this project, I followed the same rule for planters as I did for the plants – choosing a variety of textures, colors, and sizes that would work well for the space AND the plants themselves.

Still need a little guidance? Learn how to create, grow, and maintain a beautiful garden with tips from First Editions® here. There are some great tips on plant pairings in there too, based on the needs of your space.

That Plant Life: Easy Spring Decorating for a Small Porch (with Plants) + DIY Totem Planters. #planters #diyplanters #smallporch #porchinspiration #outdoorspace #frontdoor

That Plant Life: Easy Spring Decorating for a Small Porch (with Plants) + DIY Totem Planters. #planters #diyplanters #smallporch #porchinspiration #outdoorspace #frontdoor

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What a beautiful combination of plants, your porch looks fantastic!
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Michelle | April 10th, 2018 at 8:36 am

Thanks Michelle. This isn’t actually my porch, but it was fun to give this one a makeover. It’s kind of amazing what a few plants can do!

Brittni | April 10th, 2018 at 8:42 am

Love the stacked urns. I am moving shortly from Montana to North Carolina and into a rental house for a year. So I really can’t plant anything in the ground. Containers will be used to the max! Can’t wait to get back to Zone 7
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Judy H | April 10th, 2018 at 9:02 am

Love how plants can completely change a space!

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Daeyz | April 10th, 2018 at 11:49 am

This spring we are creating a flower and food garden in our backyard! I have a post on what we are planting here: http://www.casalibrablog.com/2018/03/garden-planning.html

Thank you for the inspiration to stack terracotta pots! Yesterday I actually picked up two terracotta pots to put on each side of the door, but they still looked kind of small, so I think I might be going back to get two more to stack them and make a bigger impact. I think I want to plant Crimson Fire like yours, that is beautiful.

I’m actually thinking of painting our door. I love the way your door looks, what color of paint did you use?
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Felicia | April 10th, 2018 at 12:17 pm

Love this! I really got into plants about 4 years ago. I went from 0 to about 30 house plants in less than a month’s time. Ha!! But I love it and them. I plan on getting more perennials for outside this year. It’s amazing how they come back each year.

Sarah | April 10th, 2018 at 1:21 pm

We want to plant something to remember our kitty that passed away in February.

cori | April 10th, 2018 at 4:10 pm

Oh my goodness, Cori. What a sweet idea to remember your furry family member. I love that idea.

Brittni | April 10th, 2018 at 4:18 pm

I will be planting some ivy for a trellis, a rose bush, and planting for my garden: tomatoes and zucchini.
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Lisa Brown | April 11th, 2018 at 2:47 am

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Lisa Brown | April 11th, 2018 at 2:48 am

I live in a basement apartment, so I don’t have much space. I usually do flowers on the stairs that look pretty + welcoming when I’m walking home and see them. I love this idea and looking forward to try something new to replace my plastic planters!

Rachel | April 11th, 2018 at 4:11 pm

I really love decorating with plants
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The pink pineapple | April 11th, 2018 at 5:42 pm

I have two planter beds that usually plant veggies in this year we are trying rhubarb and artichokes! I would also love to add some pots by front door with fun pops of color!

Janay | April 11th, 2018 at 7:59 pm

I love that you used such an interesting combination of foliage colors and textures. Elegant and inspiring,

Nancy K. | April 12th, 2018 at 11:02 pm

I am going to plant tomatoes, cucumbers, jalapenos and strawberries
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Carolsue | April 15th, 2018 at 2:24 am

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Carolsue | April 15th, 2018 at 2:26 am

We’re planning on planting some beautiful hydrangeas!

TK | April 15th, 2018 at 3:16 pm

We planted a bunch of pepper plants and a strawberry patch.

OFG | April 16th, 2018 at 9:14 am

I might plant tomatoes.

Will G | April 16th, 2018 at 8:43 pm

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Will G | April 16th, 2018 at 8:44 pm

Hi, we’re thinking about growing watermelon this spring since my mother-in-law gave me some seeds.

Madeline | April 17th, 2018 at 9:35 pm

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Madeline | April 17th, 2018 at 9:39 pm

Hi, the way you arrange the plant is amazing. Your porch is looking awesome. We can also engage our kids in plantation, they can learn lots of things from plantation and gardening. Keep posting!

jane | April 18th, 2018 at 6:30 am

This spring I plan on planting basil, thyme, mint, cilantro, rosemary, tomatoes and cucumbers.

Rachel | April 18th, 2018 at 8:14 pm

We’ll be planting some sun flowers, roses, daisy’s, day lilies, herbs and we also like planing a garden with tomato’s, peppers, eggplant, cucumbers and beans.
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Margaret Smith | April 20th, 2018 at 8:30 pm

We’re apartment dwellers, so my wish list includes lost of pretty houseplants,
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Erika | April 22nd, 2018 at 9:12 pm

Beautiful planters.
We are planting some hostas

latanya | April 23rd, 2018 at 1:30 pm

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latanya | April 23rd, 2018 at 1:31 pm

I am going to plant some marigolds around my house. I also need to mulch around my trees.

Jessica To | April 23rd, 2018 at 4:10 pm

I would love some hydrangea passion and snowball bush.
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Jessie C. | April 24th, 2018 at 9:09 pm

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Jessie C. | April 24th, 2018 at 9:09 pm

I’d like to plant cucumbers.

mami2jcn | April 25th, 2018 at 8:41 am

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mami2jcn | April 25th, 2018 at 8:42 am

I am going to plant some lilacs and also tons of potted flowers of every kinds they are so wonderful and I so love this time of year.

heather | April 25th, 2018 at 3:52 pm

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heather | April 25th, 2018 at 3:52 pm

This spring my plan is to plant tomatoes, cucumbers, lilies and hasta.

Natalie | April 25th, 2018 at 6:31 pm

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Natalie | April 25th, 2018 at 6:38 pm

I ready love how your terra cotta planter turned out! My girls and I love to plant flowers in the spring. I’d like to grow some sunflowers and zinnias! I’m also hoping to grow some tomatoes in pots for salsa!

Rebecca W | April 27th, 2018 at 3:06 pm

I would like to plant some blueberries bushes and tomatoes.

Kelly D | April 28th, 2018 at 10:01 am

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Kelly D | April 28th, 2018 at 10:02 am

I will be planting some impatiens and begonias in my flower garden this spring.

Cynthia C | April 28th, 2018 at 11:33 am

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Cynthia C | April 28th, 2018 at 11:33 am

I am looking forward to planting Gerbera Daisies and geraniums this year.

Cheryl B | April 28th, 2018 at 7:51 pm

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Cheryl B | April 28th, 2018 at 7:55 pm

Love your porch plants! I

Judy M | May 3rd, 2018 at 9:29 am

I want to plant some baby\s breath

kathy Persons | May 5th, 2018 at 9:01 am

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Patricia Colletti | May 5th, 2018 at 3:37 pm

I would like to plant some tomatoes.

Patricia Colletti | May 5th, 2018 at 3:38 pm

My wife picks out all the annuals and perennials, I just help plant them. We usually get a fair amount of ornamental grasses to put around the pool. She also puts together some pots for around the patio with various annual flowers.

Jeffrey | May 6th, 2018 at 6:28 pm

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Jeffrey | May 6th, 2018 at 6:29 pm

I want to plant my first rose bush or two.

Rosie | May 6th, 2018 at 8:08 pm

I would love to plant a garden with tomatoes and cucumbers. I also love planting flowers. I will probably plant some petunias, rose bushes and geraniums.

Janice Cooper | May 6th, 2018 at 10:27 pm

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Janice Cooper | May 6th, 2018 at 10:29 pm

We will be doing our usual backyard vegetable garden but this year I also want to add some daylilies and lavender in the front yard.

Tina W | May 9th, 2018 at 12:17 am

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Tina W | May 9th, 2018 at 12:18 am

I love what the plants did to the overall look!
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Lindsay Eidahl | May 14th, 2018 at 11:51 am

This Spring I plan on planting peppers, carrots, cucumbers and tomatoes.

Susan Smith | May 15th, 2018 at 3:04 pm

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Susan Smith | May 15th, 2018 at 3:05 pm

Your porch looks lovely. It inspires me to do my front porch now.
I just bought an acre with the intent of growing my own food and herbs.
I plan on adding more aloe plants to my side yard along with cherry and huckleberry trees across the back. Then some lillies, marigolds, lavender and daisies in the long flower bed across the front of the house, with the greens already there, for color. I already have a Halo tree, a loquat tree and some peach trees. Last year I planted a nectarine tree so I now want to add avocado, pears, lemons, limes & peaches. Off the front side, I plan on having a raised bed of salad vegetables, preventing anyone from driving on my septic field. (Add a rain barrel and a compost bin.). Done!

Laine Dailey-Papke | May 15th, 2018 at 7:40 pm

I’m super excited for my zucchini plants

linda | May 16th, 2018 at 1:30 pm

I’m excited to grow various peppers and herbs.

Ellie Wright | May 17th, 2018 at 1:23 am

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Ellie Wright | May 17th, 2018 at 1:26 am

We have already planted for this spring! We planted Black-eyed Susan, Lantana, Sage, Basil, Dill, Lemon Thyme, Rosemary, Zinnias, SuperBells, Fern-leaf Lavender, and Nasturtiums! I love it!

Angie Lilly | May 17th, 2018 at 10:26 am

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Angie Lilly | May 17th, 2018 at 10:27 am

I’m super excited for my rose garden as well as my may apples and fire pinks. We’re getting our vegetable and our herb garden ready so we’re definitely excited for those as well 🙂

Sert | May 17th, 2018 at 11:55 am

I will definitely be planting different varieties & sizes of tomatoes as well as some herbs.

Elle | May 17th, 2018 at 12:46 pm

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Elle | May 17th, 2018 at 12:48 pm

I am planting some fresh herbs this summer along with some potted tomatoes, jalapeno peppers and habanero peppers. I love to use fresh herbs in cooking and I dry some of them, too.
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BusyWorkingMama | May 17th, 2018 at 3:51 pm

I would like to plant some tomatoes and cucumbers.
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shelly peterson | May 17th, 2018 at 6:59 pm

I am thinking about planting Tulips. We grow Roses but I would love to have a variety of colors.

Seyma Bennett | May 18th, 2018 at 12:04 am

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Seyma Bennett | May 18th, 2018 at 12:08 am

I really love our peonies so I’m excited to see those blossom as well as our vegetable and herb garden!!

Michel | May 18th, 2018 at 4:53 pm

I’m super excited for my blueberry bush

Julie | May 18th, 2018 at 8:24 pm

We are planning to actually put in landscaping around the front of our house this year! I’m not sure yet what we are putting in flower wise but definitely a few shrubs as well. I need to make up my mind ASAP though because the plan is to get it done next week!

Chrissy | May 18th, 2018 at 8:43 pm

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Chrissy | May 18th, 2018 at 8:48 pm

My daughters and I love getting our garden ready. We’re really big on our herbs and love our hydrangeas and peonies!

Donna | May 18th, 2018 at 8:58 pm

I added wild flowers, but they did not do well. I have a small veggie garden that is doing awesome though and I would like some gardenias because my Hubs LOVES the way they smell.

stella methvin | May 19th, 2018 at 9:32 am

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stella methvin | May 19th, 2018 at 9:34 am

I would really like to get some potted jasmine or honeysuckle this year.

sarah k | May 19th, 2018 at 12:48 pm

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sarah k | May 19th, 2018 at 12:51 pm

We thinking about planting tomatoes, hydrangeas, verbena and peonies.

Vincent | May 19th, 2018 at 8:17 pm

I want to plate Tulips.

Thomas Murphy | May 19th, 2018 at 10:05 pm

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Thomas Murphy | May 19th, 2018 at 10:06 pm

I am planting lots of tomatoes, bell peppers jalapenos & onions for making salsa.
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Barbara Montag | May 19th, 2018 at 10:19 pm

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Barbara Montag | May 19th, 2018 at 10:21 pm

I’m thinking about some plants that mosquito’s don’t like. Even with bug spray, I still get attacked!

Susan Christy | May 20th, 2018 at 11:29 am

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Terry | May 20th, 2018 at 11:44 pm

I would love to plant hens and chics along with a bleeding heart.

Terry | May 20th, 2018 at 11:44 pm

I’d love to plant some tomatoes 🙂 Maybe some other useful things, like herbs too! 🙂

Anastasia | May 21st, 2018 at 4:30 pm

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