This picturesque porch has all the tropical appeal of the West Indies with a dark wood-paneled ceiling brightened by white beams and a huge leafy plant. Stripes on the floor help visually widen the space.
Just off the living room, the owners have access to a three-season porch, complete with a comfortable outdoor sofa and a variety of plants. French doors open to the backyard and showcase the property's terraced gardens.
Leather upholstered furniture creates a great outdoor dining area on this covered patio. Yellow light fixtures add small pops of vibrant color and keep the porch bright. Plants in the window planter add lush, natural color to the neutral palette.
The farmhouse-style look continues to the porch of this California home. Beth Dana Design decorated the doorway with a galvanized container, turquoise chair and vintage-looking fixtures. The renovated exterior of the early 1900s home has board and batten siding and bright white wide trim.
Thick, decorative grass creates a lush plant line leading to the front door of this home. Sunlight highlights the vivid natural color of the healthy, spacious yard. White columns support the covered front porch and a textured neutral siding fits beautifully with the rich plant surroundings.
With what's called a "butterfly" roof, this midcentury modern home is a vision of indoor/outdoor living. Here, the expansive porch boasts built-in benches, dining table and chairs, and a gorgeous collection of native flowers, plants, trees and succulents.
Problem: bud drop. Solution: If buds fall off a new flowering plant you’ve just brought home, it may have been shocked by the sudden change in its growing conditions. It should recover in time. Be sure your plant isn't sitting in a draft or in a spot that’s too hot or cold. You might also want to increase the surrounding humidity.
Fall is the time to plant perennials in your containers that will last year round. Cameron Watkins of C. Watkins Garden Co. suggests that combinations of holly fern, "Ascot Rainbow' Euphorbia and 'Bella Notte' heuchera are perfect for a shade container.