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My wedding is two and a half weeks away, and I would be lying if I didn’t say I’m overwhelmingly stressed. I thought getting married here on the farm would be simpler and less stressful, but it really isn’t. There are so many projects that need to be finished around the house, and so little time. Our wedding reception will be held on our front porch and lawn, and our house is less than 2 years old, so there were some landscaping projects to finish. I also love to garden and I prize having fresh cut flowers. I knew that I was short on time and cash (weddings are expensive). In one quick trip to Big Lots and less than 30 minutes, I added a little wow to my doorway with the help of some new patio urns filled with flowers. Here are my best tips on how to spruce up your doorway for spring. As helpful as I hope these tips are, it must be said that a professional landscaper would be able to do a job like this in a much more assured and efficient manner and you should consider getting in touch with one if you’re looking to have similar work done to your home.
I love the look of urn planters, but they can be very pricey. I was shocked that they were so inexpensive at Big Lots compared to other stores. Our local store had a wide variety of colors, sizes, and styles available. I had to temporarily relocate my lower patio furniture, because each side of our porch will have reception tables. These urns are substantial enough that I don’t plan on using any more decor around our door, other than a nice monogrammed wreath. I really wanted to use ferns on our entryway but that side of the house gets too much sun to keep them there long term.
In fact, I bought several more urns to line the aisle at our wedding ceremony. The urns and ferns (on sale) make inexpensive aisle decorations that can be relocated back to our porches or given to family and friends as gifts. I liked the idea of using these over cut flowers because they can be enjoyed beyond our wedding.
Big Lots had a large selection high quality planters, pots, patio furniture, gazebos, and outdoor decor. The prices were very reasonable. I picked up a few more items for the wedding, but you’ll have to come back after the big day to check those out. Hint: The selection of string lights and lanterns was huge. Just remember that style and assortment may vary by store. Many of the pieces are made to mix and match to make it easier to find your own personal style.
Once you pick out your favorite urns or planters at Big Lots, you’ll also want to pick up potting soil (which is also available at Big Lots) and some suitable plants or flowers.
I chose White Salvia, Dusty Miller, and Double Impatiens. They varied in height, and could tolerate living on the porch. I intended to put roses in the urns (yes certain varieties live well in planters) but I was concerned they would poke guests or snag dresses. I decided to put my roses out in the landscaping instead.
How to plant flowers in an urn:
- Make sure a drainage hole is in the bottom of the urn, or use a sharp drill bit to drill one.
- Fill the very bottom with large rocks, crushed aluminum cans, or empty crushed water bottles. This will help allow excess water to drain. I always use some sort of rocks, to help provide stability in a tall planter.
- Fill planter with rich potting soil
- Use plants that are appropriate for a planter that will receive sufficient light or shade depending on the variety and the amount of sun your porch receives throughout the day.
- Fill the planter with flowers or plants, allowing them enough excess space to grow.
- Water thoroughly
- Water and prune regularly according to plant needs
- Enjoy your new urns
Do you enjoy landscaping, gardening, or entertaining outdoors? Are you hosting any events at your home in the months ahead? What did you think of my tips for how to spruce up your doorway for spring? I’d love to hear feedback and how you get your home ready for spring or summer. If you have a Big Lots in your area, head over to check out their selection of outdoor furniture and supplies.