Small front Porch garden ideas

January 21, 2019
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Front Porch Landscaping Network Calimesa, CAAdding a front porch to your home or improving an existing one can help create a sense of arrival. Entry porches have their roots all the way back in ancient Rome, where many buildings featured grand porticos that served as a transition from the outdoors into the building. Today porches serve three purposes:

  • They highlight a home's entrance by framing the front door
  • They provide a protected transition where guests can wipe their feet, or leave umbrellas
  • Large porches can be used as a place to spend time with family and friends

When adding a porch to a home it is vital to make sure the style of the porch matches with the existing architecture. A landscape designer will be able to help you integrate the front porch so that it appears to have always been a part of the home. Below are some front porch ideas based on the architectural style of the home.

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  • Small entry porch that frames the door
  • Classical columns
  • Triangular or gabled roof line
  • Hanging lantern

Farm or Ranch

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  • Large, verandah-like porch
  • May wrap-around the home
  • Wooden posts and railings
  • Wide entry steps
  • Roof line slopes away from home
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Craftsman or Bungalow

  • Medium porch
  • Well integrated into architecture
  • Roof line of home extends to cover porch
  • Exposed rafters and beams
  • Tapered posts with stone work at the base


  • Open porch, no railings
  • As few posts as possible
  • Flat roof, awning or arbor
  • If railings are essential use metal

The flooring material for a porch also depends largely on the style of your home. A tropical style house would benefit from a porch made of Brazilian ipe decking, while a colonial home would look great with a brick porch. Just remember that the most important thing to consider when selecting porch flooring is outdoor durability.

Whether you already have a porch or are planning on adding a new one, a front porch provides a great opportunity for landscaping. Container gardens can be placed flanking the steps or baskets of flowers can be hung from the porch roof. Climbing plants can be grown on the posts or over panels of lattice work to add privacy. For a more formal look, well-manicured topiaries can stand on either side of the front door.


Landscaping Tips

Though your home is your castle, there is no necessity to surround it with a moat. Here are 5 tips that will help you to make your landscaping feel more warm, welcoming and cozy.

1. Put some flowers nearby your entrance. Flowers make any area look more welcoming and attractive, so greeting your guests with Petunia, Snapdragon, Lily-of-the-Nile or some other garden flowers is always a great thing to do. What is more, to add some space between your house and the entrance, you can consider adding a little white fence. It will create an illusion that your front yard is bigger than it actually is. What is more, adding fence will create a great space for planting flowers to add some color and coziness.

2. Add rambling vines to make your yard look absolutely lovely. You can not deny that rambling vines always create romantic and even magical atmosphere. So why not to use this tip while decorating your yard?

3. To hide the unattractive driveway, consider adding some color, texture, and height. You can easily do it by adding various sorts of flowers. To start, create an island of green lawn right in the hub of a drive. Then add a couple of low boxwood hedges with flowers toward the back of your island.

4. If you want your yard to blossom and flourish bust still do not have enough time to maintain it, consider planting low-fuss lilies. Such flowers look absolutely gorgeous and come in the variety of rainbow hues, so you can pick the one you love most. What is more, low-fuss lilies do not care about the sort of soil, they love the sun and welcome hot, they do not afraid of drought. In other words, Crinums is an ideal flower for all those who are looking for low-maintenance solutions.

5. The last tip also touches the low-maintenance aspect. To make your life easier, group plantings into beds and islands. This will help you to avoid mowing and trimming around each individual plant, save a lot of time and even money.

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