Adding plants is one of the most popular ways to spruce up any area in or outside the house. The only problem is that you will eventually run out of floor space. This is not a problem outdoors, particularly if you have spots to hang planters from a ceiling, wall or covering. Covered porches provide plenty of spots for hanging planters, which welcome visitors and liven up the scenery.
The passion fruit is an excellent plant if you are looking for one that has long vines that wrap around everything. The green vines of the passion fruit plant grow quickly and wrap around the planter and any nearby posts and drape down from the planter. This creates a natural, almost wild feel to your porch most other plants will not be able to duplicate. The passion fruit produces lavender flowers that grow along the vines, which means your railings, posts or walls will be decorated with lavender flowers. The vines have to be pruned, though, because they may grow in areas or on objects you would like to remain plant-free.
The pansy is a plant that thrives in the environment created by a covered porch. The pansy grows vertically, as opposed to growing outwards like vine plants, and it will be contained within the confines of the planter. This plant does not need to be pruned. Low maintenance requirements make it a good choice for the busy plant lover. This hardy annual grows to just under 1 foot tall and the flowers come in a wide range of colors and color patterns: solid with a single color, solid with black lines stemming from the middle and solid with a dark-colored center.
The Boston fern is a popular indoor houseplant, because it thrives in shady environments. This makes the Boston fern a good candidate for your covered porch, if you want to hang a planter near the center of the covering where the most shade occurs during the day. This fern needs some humidity, so give it extra attention if you live in a dry region. Besides the need for extra shade and humidity, the Boston fern is very easy to take care of. Add some nutrients or fertilizer to the planter once or twice a year.
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