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To dress up your front porch, all you need are two tall flowerpots filled with gorgeous plants. Choosing an ideal combination of flowers, grasses and other plants is the key to creating the right aesthetic. To help you find the best mix, use this guide on the top six plants for front porch flowerpots.
With their bright flowers and interesting foliage, marigolds instantly capture your gaze and fill your heart with cheer. Their flower looks a lot like a carnation but comes in rich yellow, orange and red tones. You can find many different types, ranging from six inches to over two feet tall. The compact varieties work well in the middle of the pot while taller ones serve as a stunning backdrop for the other plants.
As indicated by its name, Fountain Grass features plumes of foliage that burst outward in an amazing display. At the top of each blade, the grass has a beautiful foxtail-like flower that blooms in late summer and remain through the fall months. This grass comes in green and purple varieties, both of which can reach nearly four feet tall. With its immense height, it works best along the back of the flowerpot.
Fuchsias feature two-tone tropical flowers that hang from the branches like little bells. The dark green leaves frame the blooms, helping their colors pop even more. There are over 105 different types in all different shapes, sizes and colors. The most popular trailing varieties are used in hanging baskets and work well draped over the sides of your flowerpots. You can also select the bushier type as a vivid centerpiece.
Angelonia look a lot like Snapdragons, but bloom for many months longer to constantly fill the air with their delicious fruity scent. Their flowers come in a picturesque array of pinks, blues and purples, which stand out perfectly against the narrow green leaves. They reach nearly two feet in height, making them an excellent flower to put in the center of your pots.
Sweet Potato Vines
Grown for its breathtaking leaves, Sweet Potato Vines look incredible trailing down the sides of tall flowerpots. Depending on the variety you select, they have a wide range of leaf shapes. Some have heart-shaped foliage, while others look more like a maple leaf. There are even three lobed varieties that are a delight to gaze upon. This trailing plant happily grows down the side of the pot to create a waterfall of color all the way to the ground.
Since they come in such a wide range of color combinations, Coleus is a really fun plant to grow. There are many different types on the market today, all featuring green, red and purple tones. The leaves are streaked, splashed and dotted with multiple colors in various intensities. They grow upright to over three feet in height, making them a perfect addition at the center or back of the pot.
No matter what plants you choose from your flowerpots, do a trial run before settling on your final arrangement. Fill the planters almost all the way up with soil, then place the plants inside without removing them from their nursery pots. After that, move them around until you are satisfied with the placement to find the perfect aesthetic.