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5 Summertime Porch Tips

As a life long southerner, I adore a front porch and I love porch sitting in the summertime. Here are my 5 Best Tips to keep your porch looking Summertime Fresh all season long!

We have a huge front porch and I love filling it with gorgeous flowers and plants. However, keeping everything looking great all summer long is daunting. Here are 5 Summer Porch Ideas that I use to help me keep my porch looking fresh all season long.

Summer Front Porch Ideas – Flowers

My porch gets intense sun in the evenings and not just any flower will stay looking good all summer. I choose to use geraniums for my flowering plant. They bloom all summer long and are much easier to keep looking fresh than other flowering plants I’ve tried.

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These geraniums are planted in a larger container that sit within these galvanized tubs. This allows me to remove the geraniums for watering, etc.

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I like to sit the plants out when we get a shower of rain to give them a good watering.

Keep your plants looking fresh all summer long.

Learn how to keep your geraniums blooming from Spring to Fall here

Ferns can take the heat

Ferns are another great addition to your summertime porch because they will look fresh all summer long.

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I also use a plastic saucer to collect water at the base of the plant. Ferns love receiving a drink of water from the roots.

Summertime Porch Tip – Mix in Some Faux

If you like to place flowers in unconventional containers, I have found that faux works best. In addition, the quality of artificial flowers has improved greatly and when mixed with real, it’s hard to tell the difference.

These red geraniums are fade resistant and look great all summer long.

Using faux flowers works when they are mixed with real flowers.  Patriotic Front Porch.

Use Good Quality Outdoor Rugs

Outdoor Rugs are a great, inexpensive way to update your outdoor spaces. However, they are not all created equal. A fun rug can really change the overall appearance of your porch. Although my porch is under cover, I always purchase rugs that can used anywhere outdoors, with or without protection because they will still look great at the end of the summer.

In addition, they don’t have to break the bank. Boutique Rugs offers a great selection and you can receive a 60% discount using code: PONDS60.

Adding a new rug and fresh flowers updates a front porch.  Keep you porch looking Summertime Fresh all season long.

Each season the rugs can be changed to give the porch a different feel.

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This year I chose this neutral color rug for the summer front porch, however the rug comes in several color options.

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Summer Front Porch Ideas – Pillows and Seat Cushions

Another great idea for your Summer Porch is to take care of your pillows and seat cushions.

First, I like to use pillows that are reversible. This doesn’t mean both sides have to be decorative. Reversing the pillows during the week to preserve the decorative side will help keep the beautiful decorative side fresh for weekends and entertaining.

Here you see the flag pillow which I like to display when it’s most likely to be seen.

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However, the reverse solid side works great for weekdays and as a result the flag pillow looks great on the porch all summer.

Check out the ways to keep your summertime porch looking fresh all season long.

Protect Your Fabrics

Keeping your outdoor pillows from becoming damaged due to dampness can be a challenge, therefore I spray all my pillows and cushions with Never Wet Water Repellant for Fabric.

Just give everything a good coating at the beginning of the summer and no more mildew.

This especially important if you are using pillows that are not waterproof.

The Final Summer Porch Idea – Keep The Bugs Away

When you keep your summer porch free of bugs, your plants, rugs and cushions will all look better at the end of the season. In order to keep the bugs away, I spray the perimeter of the front porch with this Ant, Roach & Spider Barrier Spray.

Spray around all the doors and windows where spiders love to hang out.

In addition, it’s important to spray your plants, inside your containers, under chairs, tables, etc.

Spiders will love you for adding things like grapevine wreaths, baskets and flowers to your porch. They will feel safe hiding out and cause a lot of damage on your porches and outdoor areas by leaving little spots all over the walls and floor.

However, you can end their party time by spraying these areas throughly.

I have done this for several years and it makes a huge difference. I typically spray 3 – 4 times a season and I don’t have near the problem with spiders and ants that I used to have.

I’m sure there are several options for spraying, however I like the clean scent of this bug spray.

The seating area on the porch is filled with real and faux flowers. Can you guess which is which?

This fun outdoor area rug was a fun idea for this summers front porch.

Noted Update

This spring it was late when we got our house pressure washed. Therefore I had not sprayed for bugs and boy did they have fun. It was amazing how they took over in a short time.

After pressure washing and getting rid of all their buggy damage, the porch was fresh looking again. I immediately did my usual preventive spraying and everything has stayed looking great since.

These 5 tips will help to make any outdoor space more welcoming and less work. Therefore, you can enjoy being outside and have a wonderful summer.

You may also enjoy these Best Porch Ideas for Spring and Summer.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope these tips will help you enjoy your outdoor spaces.

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See how to keep your porch looking fresh and clean all summer long with these 5 tips.

Va+in+NC

Monday 12th of July 2021

Thank you for the tips...will get the never wet...didn't know about that product.

Your porch is lovely. I enjoy your posts very much!

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Wednesday 14th of July 2021

Awww, I really am glad this helped. Thanks so much.

Chloe

Saturday 10th of July 2021

Rachel, So many great tips! I love your charming porch and any visit to it is a pleasure. I adore having a porch for the first time in my life, it is wonderful and we love spending time out there! I will tell you that the best thing in the world I have found for the mosquitos is Thermacell products! You might want to look them up!

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Wednesday 14th of July 2021

Chloe, Thanks for sharing. I really appreciate the tip.

Erin

Thursday 8th of July 2021

Love reading your blog!! This one in particular was very informative & helpful for not only my front porch, but our patio under the deck!!

Enjoy the remainder of your vacation!

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Thursday 8th of July 2021

Erin, I'm so glad you found this helpful.

Marlene Stephenson

Thursday 8th of July 2021

Thanks for these tips and have a great weekend.

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Thursday 8th of July 2021

Marlene, Thanks so much for stopping by.

stacy

Thursday 8th of July 2021

I love your porch decorating tips Rachel! Have fun at the beach!

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Thursday 8th of July 2021

Stacy, Thanks so much for stopping by.