This Is The Easiest Way to Update Your Porch
Here Comes Spring
After a cold winter, give spring a grand welcome in the form of an easy-to-make, fast-growing flowering arrangement. This arrangement makes it a snap. We blended two classic, seasonal vines into one beautiful container garden.
For this container, you’ll need to start with the two main plants, Clematis vine and Confederate jasmine, which are both sold growing on stakes. Keep the Confederate jasmine attached to its stake, and plant it in the center of a large container. Then, detach the clematis from its stake, and plant it below, allowing it to spill over the sides of the pot.
Next, cover the soil with harvested moss (which you can find at garden centers) for an electric pop of green. This also helps keep the soil moist as the seasons transition from spring to summer and the plants are exposed to more sun. To extend the season of flowers, choose types of jasmine and clematis that start blooming at slightly different times.
If using a tall, deep pot such as this, be sure to water slowly, or else the roots may not have enough time to absorb enough hydration before the water runs to the bottom of the container. Never let the roots sit in water—drainage is key—but don’t be afraid to give it a few good pours.
Both of these vines need full sun. Plan your location carefully. The Confederate jasmine is an eager grower, and will happily attach itself to any nearby surfaces. Expect to see good growth within a month, and then continuous growth well past spring into summer. They also attract bees, so be mindful of the pot's location if you have an allergy.
If you’re looking for a more permanent way to put your vines to work, these two thrive around mailboxes, and will bloom year after year.