Take advantage of seasonal sales at your local nursery, and stock up on popular plants. Keep them in fun containers like these galvanized buckets until you're ready to plant them in the ground.
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From mouth-watering tomato recipes to colorful fall container gardens, Pinterest is a one-stop shop for brilliant, why-didn't-I-think-of-that ideas for all seasons (and spaces). Looking back on 2016, some of our favorite pins revolved around delectable recipes, like our strawberry lemonade layer cake, and lots of container gardens—everything from mums to terrariums. Plus, we can't forget our inspiration-stocked boards related to homes, style, travel, and everything holidays (of course!). Our absolute number-one pin this year was an easy–and instant–wow: spring blooms in large galvanized planters. We show you how to put popular plants like gerbera daisies, salvias, shasta daisies, daylilies, and sweet potato vines to work on your porch and garden. Keep them in their nursery pots, and display them in galvanized buckets on the porch until you are ready to plant them in the garden—double the use, half the effort. See the rest for yourself—there’s something for everyone. Check out our best pins of 2016, linked here for easy re-pinning. Get to pinning!
We published this too-good-to-be-true strawberry cake back in May and haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since.
The entrance to our Nashville idea house is full of Southern design inspiration. This porch swing is just inviting people to come and sit-a-spell.
Wall sconces are a clever way to light up a tight space and are a subtle invitation to curl up with a book for a tranquil evening.
This one pin takes you to a whole roundup of containers for the fall season. Whether its containers filled with rich colors or a mumpkin, this gallery has all the inspiration you need.
These savory sandwiches are great for a casual summer cocktail party. Just slice in half to make handling just a bit easier—especially if guests are also juggling a cocktail glass.
Keeping the shiplap walls a subtle shade (Manchester Tan by Benjamin Moore) doesn’t draw attention away from the beautiful millwork and natural logs.
Instead of carving a creepy or silly face, try a collection of patterned pumpkins to add Halloween cheer to your porch.
Spring porches are filled with color with these container gardens. Filled with bright pink and yellow zinnias, purple verbenas, and blue calibrachoas these containers are perfect for any front porch.
These grass green front doors work with both gold and silver hardware. Green symbolizes harmony and freshness.
Simplify front door decorating with a store-bought pinecone wreath. Give the wreath a personal touch with colorful leaves, fall flowers, and bittersweet.
This Strawberry-Lemonade Layer Cake is almost too pretty to eat, and is super easy to whip up ahead of time.
Plush eucalyptus garlands—punctuated with ruffly hydrangeas, misty roses, dusty miller, dahlias, and snowberries—cascade down the centers of the tables in a barn to make a brilliant impact for our 50th Anniversary celebreation.
Serve this decadent dessert at your next ladies’ luncheon and wow the crowd with edible flowers.
Create a festive retreat outside for guests with lots of plush seating and a mantel swathed in a foliage garland made from a combination of oak and magnolia leaves.
Aaron' caladium, holly fern, 'Key Lime Pie' heuchera, 'White Nancy' lamium, ivy, and light pink periwinkle come together in this eye-catching window box arrangement.
Who wouldn't want a bowl of a classic pie in ice-cream form?
Send guests home with a souvenir that represents a slice of the South and gives them something they'll enjoy long after the party's over. We set out seedlings, bundled in burlap sacks, for guests to take home and plant for our 50th anniversary shindig.
Yeast biscuits—also called angel or bride’s biscuits—hold together well, so they’re a good choice to serve at gatherings. The so-Southern combination of ham and biscuits is always a hit.
With upgrades that included new windows and bluestone pavers, this home received a face-lift that has all the neighbors green with envy.
Hailing from an era when casseroles were king, this Tex-Mex dish still reigns supreme at everything from family dinners to church suppers and neighborhood potlucks.
This easy to maintain terrarium is perfect for keeping a little piece of your garden indoors all year round.
The South has some of the prettiest porches around, like this one at Two Meeting Street Inn in Charleston, South Carolina.
For a 5-minute fix, pile on the pumpkins, and nestle potted mums right into decorative containers. The mums will also pair well with boxwood, salvias, and ornamental cabbage and kale.
People typically fall into two categories: blue lovers or green lovers. Make everyone happy with this pleasing shade that’s equal parts blue and equal parts green—Quarry (1342) by Pratt & Lambert.