Things are shaping up on our small summer porch with ivy wreaths and potted plants. You might say this is an upcycle post of sorts, because I’m updating the moss covered grapevine wreaths from spring. I’m also going to share how our porch looks with one simple addition for a patriotic display.
Yesterday I picked the hottest part of the day to take photos, and what a big mistake. Before I knew it, I was sweating profusely, and snapping through this photo shoot faster than greased lightening.
Summer Porch With Ivy Wreaths
I’m so happy with how our plants are getting along, but the real challenge is just starting, as temps climb to 100. So far these shade loving plants are thriving, and putting on a beautiful lush display. Now if I can just remember to water, we’ll be able to enjoy them all summer long.
The pink kalanchoes blooms are starting to fade, so I’m adding a bright pink caladium with the prettiest speckled leaves. Caladiums are so eye catching from the street, and they really do brighten up this shady porch.
I think this proves you can put on a big display with plants, even when you have a small porch. Don’t you agree?
For summer door decorations, I’m reusing our moss covered grapevine wreaths from earlier this spring. They are very simple to make and should last through the summer rain or shine.
I’m loving this layered look with the moss and ivy, but of course you can just add greenery to a grapevine wreath, and pretty much get the same look.
Supplies to make The Wreaths
- faux ivy and faux pothos
- floral wire
- wire cutters
To make a moss covered grapevine wreath, refer to my post, Spring Decorating Ideas For A Small Porch.
To add ivy or greenery follow these steps.
- Cut each stem of ivy or pothos off the main base with wire cutters, then trim off any extra leaves you don’t want. I prefer the lighter small leaves, so I’m removing the large dark ivy leaves. I’m using both ivy and pothos, because I like the shapes and color variations that make the wreath look a bit more interesting.
- If you are covering a moss grapevine wreath like mine, then two greenery bushes are more than enough for two wreaths.
- Use floral wire to secure the stems by threading the wire through the grapevine wreath to the back. Twist the wire to hold stems in place, then trim off the extra on the back.
- Cover as much of the wreath as you like with your faux greenery, and add a string for hanging.
My wreaths are not perfect symmetrical, but that’s alright, nature is not always perfectly symmetrical either. Sometimes you just gotta tell yourself to roll with it. 😉
Just in time for flag day and July the 4th, I’m adding a couple of flags in the large planter. It’s such an easy way to decorate, and I just love that happy red, white and blue to welcome friends and family.
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Thank you so much for visiting our summer porch with ivy wreaths today. We may have a small porch, but I think our plants and wreaths make a welcoming summertime display.
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