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Tips for decorating your porch with planters

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Tips for decorating your porch with planters

Spring Planters Guest Post by Erin Cassidy It’s finally spring! Green thumbs are coming out of hibernation with the warmer weather, and personally, I can't wait to adorn my back porch with new planters. I spoke with Shelley Elgar, Pots and Planters product manager at Sheridan Nurseries about how to decorate my porch this year. What material should I use for my planters? Planters can be made of ceramic, clay, resin, plastic, fibreglass, Fiberstone, powdered aluminium and concrete—the options are endless. “You can use any type of planter or pot—large or small," says Elgar. She adds that there are no rules when it comes to colour. "Bright colours, pastel colours or an elegant black can be used on any back or front porches." Must-haves for 2014 This spring, Elgar recommends ceramic planters that are eye-catching, striped or have fun shapes (think owls and stars!). Sheridan Nurseries is also introducing a new line of resin planters that are elegant and affordable. And with this spring's pastel colour trend in full swing, why not try a unique planter in a lighter hue? What you need to know 1. Make sure there is a hole in bottom of your planter so that excess water can drain away. 2. Remember that some planters can stay out all winter (if they're frost-proof), but others need to come inside during the colder months. Consider all the options before you invest. 3. Planters can be heavy, so get yourself a garden dolly (it has wheels!). You'll be able to move your planters around easily if you want to redesign your outdoor space. 4. One planter is good, but a pair of planters is terrific. And an arrangement planters of varying sizes becomes a great conversation piece! Other ways to decorate When decorating your porch, you can also spruce things up with other decor items like flowered hanging baskets, decorative welcome mats, whimsical concrete or resin statues, gazing balls or water features. Or how about lining your porch steps with candles placed in mason jars? It's time to get creative! Photo courtesy of Sheridan Nurseries
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