Spring Garden Therapy For Breast Cancer: 6 Front Porch Ideas

Front Porch Ideas For Spring Breast Cancer HealingBy: Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.

Spring is the time to put your creative energy into your front porch. Outside decorating in the Spring can bring a new therapeutic element for your outdoor healing space.  We have collected a few refreshing front porch ideas that will enhance your breast cancer healing.

Add color: No really good spring decorating idea guide would leave this out. Add floral and paler tones to your porch. Make or purchase cushions and covers with floral colors. See 2015 Spring color trends.

Add a new outdoor rug: Ever consider an outdoor rug for your porch? Arrange your furniture for conversation and use an outdoor rug to pull it all together. Take care in choosing just the right color or color combination.

Replace your welcome mat: Another Spring decorating idea is to replace your doormat. Your friends and family will notice the fresh look of a snappy looking mat.Front Door Mat For Spring

Decorate your front door: Decorate your front door with a decorative front door wreath like the one in the photo below. Make it colorful, fun, or both!

Add hanging planters: If the threat of frost is gone start putting out plants, hanging planters, and box arrangements on your porch. Plant a herb garden or some pansies in planters. Nothing is more welcoming than a beautiful flowering plant.

Create a focal point: An often overlooked decorating feature on porches is a “focal point”. Find an item that can easily be a conversation piece or something that catches the eye. It could be a piece of outdoor art, colorful cushions, or floral arrangements.

Try this old wooden chair planter idea as a focal point for your entrance way.

1. Cut center out of chair seat so pot can rest on the frame.
2. Spray paint chair and pot.
3. Plant large pot filled with Pansies and premium potting soil

 3 Tips For Beautiful Plants on Front Porch:

Photo Courtesy of Cecile’s Garden https://flic.kr/p/4dJNZx

Sun vs Shade Loving Plants
Most covered porches and patios are going to be shaded or at best partial sun. Make sure you pick plants that are shade tolerant for your porch. Flowering plants that are labeled full sun will quickly lose their flowers if placed in the shade.

Pick Plants That are Large Enough
When you are planting in a large garden bed you can cluster multiple plants together to get a large impact, but unless you have 20 pots on your front porch this technique isn’t going to work for you. You want your plants to  be visible from the street, yard, or house so that you can enjoy them when you are not sitting on your porch. You have limited space on a porch, so make sure to pick plants that are large and lush looking.

Make Sure to Water & Fertilize Enough
Pots have many benefits over gardens: no weeding, less space, can be placed on concrete. However, they do have one downfall: the suck up water and nutrients out of the soil since they can’t be replaced naturally through rain or organic decomposition. This means that your pots need to be watered and fertilized frequently. Once the summer heat hits pots need to be watered everyday.  Typically fertilizing once every 1-2 weeks is fine or use a slow release fertilizer.

Front porch gardens are living healing places, an environment that can feed body, mind and soul. Designing a front porch garden with purpose can be fun and beneficial to all. All spaces can be transformed into life-giving places, breathing rooms for wildlife, spaces that nurture our health and wellbeing.

Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

Gardening – Spring Container Ideas

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If You Want Long Lasting Color, Go For Pansies And Violas

By Ryan Vollmer, Journalist and Professional Gardener

For the past couple of years I’ve been planting a lot more pansies and violas in my spring pots than any other flower.  I love all the bulbs but they only bloom for about two, maybe three weeks. Pansies and violas, on the other hand, bloom and grow until it gets really hot, like 80 degrees!  They come in amazing colors.

By relying more on pansies and violas I can postpone putting summer flowers in my pots until mid-June  By then the summer flowers are much bigger than they would be if you bought them in May so you don’t have to buy as many.  Pansies and violas won’t die when it gets hot, but they won’t bloom either.  They’re strictly a spring/fall plant.  If you’re really ambitious, replant them in plastic pots, place them in a semi-shady spot in the yard, make sure they get watered, cut them back if they get leggy, fertilize them at the end of August and replant them in the fall.

I like to mix pansies and violas not only with a few bulbs but with branches of forsythia, ranunculus and osteospurmums, another wonderful flower that that isn’t that easy to find.  It looks like a daisy and comes in great spring colors.  It won’t bloom very much when it gets really hot, but the leaves stay presentable.  Sometimes I leave it in a pot all summer and just plant other flowers around it.  By the time fall comes, it starts blooming again.  Here are photos of some spring flower combinations I’ve had great success with.  If you use any flowering bulbs or ranunculus, once the flower dies, remove the entire plant and let the pansies/violas fill in.  Make sure to plant a lot of pansies and violas in and around the bulbs.



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