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Our backyard is precipitously sloped so until we decide to invest major green in terracing and remedying that problem, our deck and screened-in porch are our primary backyard destinations. My collection of Skotch Koolers do double duty as a side table in the space.
Spacious Country Porch With Blue French Doors, Wicker Furniture and Concrete Flooring
A beautiful wood ceiling and pastel green siding frame this country porch. Blue french doors and mounted yellow lights add accent colors to the neutral look. Hanging fans rotate air through the space to keep the wicker seating areas cool.
Gorgeous View from Sarasota Home Front Porch With Neural Tile Floor and White Columns
Standing on this front porch leaves you encircled in columns providing a view of the gorgeous landscaping of the front yard, centered around a fountain and stone driveway. The bright natural light and lush trees create a peaceful environment.
Transitional Gray Home Exterior With Spacious Back Porch
Lighted gray stairs lead from the backyard to a spacious porch. A white pergola stretches over a bar and seating area. A fire pit is situated on the other side of the porch with cushioned seating for cozy outdoor nights.
Porch Lights, Planters Establish Symmetry and Balance
With identical light fixtures and planters on either side of the door, the front porch exudes symmetry and balance. A window at the end of the hall frames the ocean, transforming a natural feature into a living piece of artwork.
When shifting tropical foliage houseplants outdoors for summer, give them a spot with filtered sunlight, like on edge of a porch or beneath nearby trees. Choose self-watering containers like these to hold your plants while they’re on summer vacation, and you won’t spend lots of time watering.
Lawns demand a lot of time and attention to look their best. Mowing, weeding, feeding—it’s a year-round effort to keep grass gorgeous. One way to reduce your time investment in lawn care is to limit the amount of lawn you have. Trade turf for pretty planting beds stocked with shrubs, perennials and ornamental grasses. This bed happens to be a rain garden, which means its beauty is more than petal deep. It also helps to disperse rainwater runoff.
Container gardens add splashes of portable color to outdoor settings, but if you love pots of color, you also know it can take daily attention to keep plants looking their best. One way to expedite the care routine is to fill your containers with shrubs that deliver strong color for the entire growing season. Shrubs typically need less grooming than annuals and do their thing as long as you water. This pair of shrubs features Bangle Dyers greenwood (Genista lydia) and Black Lace elderberry (Sambucus nigra ‘Eva’). Both of these shrubs flower in spring, but the leaves bring strong color and texture all season long.
There are levels to this home's inviting outdoor spaces: Double French doors join the interior to this screen porch, big enough for a sitting area, fireplace and dining table. Exit the porch to open air terraces below.
The ceiling of the front porch was painted aqua, to provide contrast for the home's deep charcoal gray exterior and give a preview of the strong use of color inside the home. A coordinating aqua knit throw on one end of the sectional sofa keeps guests warm and cozy on chilly nights.