The Urn Takes a Turn (for the better...)

I bought these two urns for $20 each at Big Lots a few months ago.

They sat empty on the front porch until it warmed up enough to add some plants to them.  In the mean time, my kids & the neighbor kids kept moving them around, knocking them over, & adding mud, grass, & pieces of our bushes to the inside of them.  I could stand it no longer!  I was so tired of having to move them around multiple times per day!  I finally decided to add some plants, so the urns weren't as movable.

My intention was to plant rounded boxwoods in these containers, so they would remain green year round.  But, as luck would have it, I couldn't find any boxwoods that were the size, shape, or price that met my needs. 

After a couple of days of thinking about it, I decided to buy two evergreens that were pruned into a spiral shape.  That plan changed again when I realized they were $30 a piece, and I wasn't sure if they would survive in my container!  I realized though, that for half the price, I could buy the same, un-pruned tree and prune it myself.  So, I decided to go for it!  I stuck the trees in my cart & away we went.

I am extremely indecisive, so of course I had second thoughts & decided to put those trees back & get some of the smaller, cheaper boxwoods to prune myself!  As I was looking at the boxwoods, I saw the same unpruned evergreen trees crammed between the bushes & a rack of flowers.  They were smaller & only about $7.  I felt WAY more comfortable spending that amount of money!  Finally, something made the cut!

So, to make a short story long, here is the final product:

I'll have to work up the nerve to prune these, but I think they work fine for now!  I added some petunias and ivy to give it a little more somethin', somethin'.

Here's the front stoop now:

I really tried to wait until all the water dried up, but patience is not one of my strengths!

So, what's planted in your pots?  I'd love some more ideas!

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  1. It looks beautiful! I just bought some flowers for myself I need to get planting!

  2. wow! that looks so much better. definitely adds to your stoop.

  3. I like them and wanted to do something similar but wasn't sure if the shrubs would survive in the pots. Now that I see yours, I think I am going to have to try it! Looks great!

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  5. I live in Zone 4 and bought some tall evergreen trees for a client, they lasted thru a whole year but are not starting to struggle thru the winter. However, it did look great for the season and now that spring is almost here, I'm hoping it will survive to make it thru another summer. So with that in mind, I understand your decision balancing pricing and looks. However, from a design standpoint, the planters are not proportional with your BEAUTIFUL entryway! The brickwork, the door and the doorframe are just AMAZING and quaint and soooo elegant! That planter, which I've also had, holds quite a bit! The plants should be a lot taller to help frame the door and give dimension to the brickwall. One suggestion that I may give you is to purchase Canna Lilies! If that side of the house gets part sun, cannas will thrive and get about 5.5 feet tall! There's dark colors leaves and green, and they'll probably cost about $7. Don't save and buy the bulbs because they will take forever to grow, go to lowes or home depot and buy the plant grown already, you'll enjoy them a lot more! So this picture was 3 years ago, what else have you tried up front? good look to you! your blog looks great and very helpful!



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