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I'm a proponent of 'no matter what you do or do not have, make the best of it and do it up LARGE.' I say this in large part because the current home I occupy is somewhat stifling from a designers standpoint. I have high double porticoes in the front which, while aesthetic, limit their usage in that they are each only wide enough for two over-sized chairs or rockers. I've ultimately opted for a single wicker easy chair for the lower portico so that I can dress with large-ish potted ferns, and an elegant wood tray table for some utilitarian glam. The real bang however, is in my planters. I purchased these years ago at Morris County Farms in Denville, NJ and have not gone one summer without filling them. I received so much attention from the display my good friend Jennifer put together for me, that I intend to replicate it again this year; all this from a container 42" long by 9" deep and 9" wide. It all begins with some moss and mushroom compost, and from there, only your imagination is the limit.
The Lower Portico; intimate and inviting
Deep, deep blue Lobelia
The soft, variegated leaf in this photo is a variety of sage according to Jennifer; most amazing when ruffling the leaves is the scent they give off
The upper Portico containers are dressed identical to those beneath