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


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).

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

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!

xx, Daeyz

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:

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 2:48 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

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 am going to plant tomatoes, cucumbers, jalapenos and strawberries
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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

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.
Thanks so much.

Margaret Smith | April 20th, 2018 at 8:29 pm

Thanks again.

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

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
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