Landscaping Around the Screened Porch

Hooray!  We’ve finally managed to add a little landscaping around the new screened porch we built a few months ago.  It’s amazing what a few plants and some bales of pine straw can do.  Do you use pine straw as mulch where you live?  Have you ever heard of it?  I suspect it’s mainly a southern thing, but I may be wrong. It’s great because it’s pretty inexpensive, and it doesn’t attract termites supposedly.  

The first thing I want to show you is the topsy-turvey planter we put up.  If you follow me on Instagram you’ve already seen it.  

topsy turvey planter totem


You can build one of these simply by pounding a 1/2″ thick piece of rebar into the ground, then threading the flowers pots on using the drainage holes.  We used a larger pot flat on the ground, then 4 medium and 2 small pots tilted “topsy turvey”.  

Here are some photos of all the flowers we put into the planter.  They are mostly petunias, mums, dusty miller, and violas.  I don’t know what the cascading silvery plant is but I really like it!


One other cute thing we added is this Mexican “tilt” pot – I’ve always wanted one of these!



Finally, we planted a rose, day lillies, snapdragons, and violas, then topped it all off with the pine straw, and moved the birdbath between the two hydrangeas we’d already planted.

screened porch landscaping



Next on the to-do list is to continue this bed to the right along the fence.  To be continued… 🙂

If you’d like to see more of the screened porch we added to a workshop (rather than to the house), read New Screened Porch: The Reveal!

I hope you’re having a great week.  I’ve been working on my photography and hope to share some colorful farmer’s market pics with you soon.  Y’all take care!


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6 thoughts on “Landscaping Around the Screened Porch

  1. Good Morning Dawn, You have done a marvelous job with the flowers around the screened porch. The “topsy turvey” planter looks great. We use black wood mulch here. The HOA uses it in the front yard and when we mulch the back yard we use the same type of mulch. My mother lived in North Carolina and she always used the pine needle mulch,

  2. I think pine straw is a southern thing. We didn’t have it in Ohio. We used pine bark mulch. I wonder what “they” did with the needles Down here (in NC), maybe it’s more plentiful with the pine tree farms that I see that are probably used for lumber, furniture and telephone poles. BTW Love the topsy-turvy planter!

  3. This is so fun. I love the tipsy pots. My friend did one for me a a few years ago for my birthday. It is so fun to have and decorate with. I redecorate with every season. It is so much fun.

  4. Your planter is very cute! I’d seen these before but never realized they were set up so easily – I always thought they were drilled at weird angles!

    1. Thank you, Anny, it was surprisingly easy. The hardest part was pounding the rebar into our clay soil, but after that it was a snap. -Dawn @ We Call It Junkin

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