Farmhouse Front Entry And Easy Planters

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What’s the first thing that you do when spring arrives to stay in your neck of the woods?  Me?  I practically run out the door to get my outdoor areas spiffed up and my containers planted.  I’ve spent the last week hosing down the pollen that covered everything, sweeping the spider webs from the corners and filling the planters on my farmhouse style front porch.

Farmhouse style front porch and easy containers
Before I go any further, let me take a moment to welcome you to the April edition of Farmhouse Friday!  I’ve teamed up with some of my awesome farmhouse lovin’ buds to talk about farmhouse planters this month.  You’ll find a link to everyone’s project at the bottom of this post.

Farmhouse Friday

To me, farmhouse style doesn’t have to mean fussy or complicated or having a space filled to the brim with chotchkies.  When it comes to outdoor spaces and landscaping, I much prefer tailored, clean, groomed lines.  Thus, my choice of just a few planters that flank my front door.  

Farmhouse style front porch and easy containers

Matching shaped boxwoods in black urns with green and white ivy and polka dot plants are a classic.  As summer progresses the ivy will trail down the sides and the polka dot plants will fill out and create an eye catching spot of brightness on our shady front porch.

Farmhouse style doesn't have to mean fussy or complicated or having a space filled to the brim with chotchkies. When it comes to outdoor spaces and landscaping, I much prefer clean, groomed lines. Thus my choice of just a few planters that flank my front door. Matching boxwoods in black urns with green and white ivy and polka dot plants are a classic. As summer progresses the ivy will trail down the sides and the polka dot plants will fill out and create and eye catching spot of brightness on our shady front porch.

I found the smaller gray pots at a great price at a local big box home improvement store.  I love their textured surface.  I want them to quickly fill out and get nice and lush, so I filled them with four impatiens plants instead of just one – three fuchsia and one white with a fuchsia center.

Simple container plantings for a spring farmhouse style front entry

A diy seed packet wreath graces the front door.  Wow – it was so fun and easy to make!  Click HERE for the tutorial.

DIY wreath made with seed packets

The last finishing touch that I added is an adorable customized wood plaque that I ordered from Sara Vrooman Designs on Etsy.  I had Sara make it using the letters HOH in place of our last name since Handgraaf is so long.  HOH stands for House Of Handgraaf and 2005 is the year that Pookie and I were married.  

Handmade plaque from Sara Vrooman Designs on Etsy
Handmade wood plaque from Sara Vrooman Designs on Etsy

Thank you for stopping by my front porch today!  I think I’ll just sit in one of the rockers with a glass of cold sweet tea and enjoy the view.

A front porch with farmhouse style and simple to do planters

 Make sure you stop by and check out the other amazing farmhouse containers!

 
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  1. Your front door looks so pretty Suzy. I have been thinking about planting some kind of bush or tree in my urns for a little height. I love how yours look along with all your pretty spring touches.

    1. Thank you so much, Lisa! This is the first time that I’ve tried a bush instead of a fern or flower. Hope it survives without any direct sun!

  2. Your porch is lovely! So welcoming! I love the little seed packet wreath, cute idea!!

    1. Thank you, Shelley. It’s definitely a tea sippin’ kind of spot!

  3. Donna Sue Shaw Brame says:

    This is so refreshing and inhaling a new breath of porch decor for the season. Your ideas encompass a feeling of “WELCOME. ” Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you, Donna Sue! BTW – you have the exact same name as one of my cousins!

  4. Your front porch looks so welcoming and calm! And I love that light blue front door!!! The whole thing shouts sophisticated farmhouse!

    1. So glad you like it, Pam – thank you!

  5. Your front porch is lovely. Now that you’re all fixed up…maybe hop on over to my house. I’m still pollen covered. **sigh** I look forward to seeing an update as the pots fill out in the coming weeks. Susie from The Chelsea Project

    1. Thank you, Susie! I’ll be spending this whole week getting rid of the pollen on my back porch. Ugh.

  6. Everything is beautiful and so comfortable looking. Enjoy!!

  7. Nancy Carroll says:

    Hey GF, your front porch looks so inviting and I love the reflection of your flag in the second picture. I’m off to the farmer’s market again tomorrow to buy more flowers. Love that place!!

    1. Thank you, GF! If you look closely, you can see the blue and white striped curtains from the family room through the glass too!

    1. Thank you so much, Brooke!

  8. Your front porch looks so inviting! That wreath is so cute. And I love the house plaque. I clicked on the etsy link but couldn’t find Sara Vrooman Designs. Do you happen to have any information on her shop?

    1. Hi Terry. I’m not sure why the link didn’t work for you. I just now tried it and it took me straight to the link for the plaque. Perhaps you could try it again and if it still won’t work, go to etsy.com and do a search for her name.

      1. I found it! Thank you! I ordered one for my porch!

  9. What a beautiful and welcoming front porch!
    Thank you so much for sharing on the Oh My Heartsie Girls WW this week!

    Have a wonderful week!

  10. Such an inviting and gorgeous post. I love love love that wreath of seed packets. Such a neat idea, Suzy! Thanks so much for sharing this on #shinebloghop this week ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. I love this! And that door color is beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Suzy, if you lived in my neighborhood, you might would find me one morning me sitting on your porch and rocking on one of those chairs! This looks so cozy!

    1. Come on over, Vanessa, and we’ll have some sweet tea! ๐Ÿ˜€

  13. What an inviting front porch you have! Thanks so much for linking up with us at the Best of the Blogosphere! we’d love to have you back Monday for a new link up.

  14. What a lovely entry. It is so warm and welcoming. I love the flowers on each side of the door.

  15. This is so, so gorgeous and welcoming! The wreath is adorable and the HOH sign is perfect. I just painted our front door, and we have sidelights like yours – now I feel like painting those as well! Love love love it all!

    1. Thank you, Kim! The door was a pretty sweet birthday present last year.

  16. I am ready for spring!!! Wow, what a bunch of great ideas!! Thanks for linking up with us on Throwback Thursday!

    Mollie

  17. I love your curb appeal- it’s so colorful and fun! Thanks for linking up to the Handmade Hangout! I’ll be featuring you on my blog (www.occasionallycrafty.com) when the new linky goes live today at 6pm ET. I hope you’ll stop by and link up again!

  18. Hi…I just hopped over from FB. Wondering if your boxwood are real, preserved or faux? Love the way yours looks.

    1. Hi Susan. The boxwoods in my planters are real. Thank you for stopping by!

  19. Your front porch looks so springy. I like the new wreath and the planters

  20. So many nice ideas here. I miss having a front entrance to decorate. It is especially fun with the change of seasons, a reason to keep putting up something different!

  21. Bonnie Sims says:

    Suzy,
    I always enjoy your blogs! You make decorating so easy. I am looking for some black urns and was wondering what yours are made of and where you got them?

    Thank you,

    Bonnie