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Refresh the Front Porch with Spring Flowers

 Spring Flowers for the Front Porch

This Saturday I’m hosting a garden party at the Home Depot! If you are in the Seattle area, I hope you’ll come by and say hi! I’ll be there along with Chef Amy Pennington and Garden Expert Teena Spindler and hopefully my girls, too! And maybe Bella the pup! It should be a lot of fun! I’ll be sharing more details on the event later in the post, but first I thought I’d show you a little bit of my front porch. Actually, the only part I’ve worked on since winter. :-)

One of the things we really liked about our house was the front porch. It has plenty of space for fun accessories and planter boxes.  I love adding seasonal plants near the front door. While I was out at Home Depot picking up the whiskey barrels for my garden in the back I picked up a few plants, too. The pink hydrangeas are so gorgeous! Hydrangeas are one of my most favorite flowers. We had a HUGE blue one at one of my old houses and it was so beautiful and full of flowers the neighbors used to stop by regularly and ask to cut one. We never ran out! I only hope to have plants that big here someday!

I also found the most amazing smelling orange tree. I want to strap it to my nose so I can smell it all day, but the next best thing is to have it right by my front door. I may move it to our backyard for the summer but for now it’s on my little teak teacart.

Random side note: One of my favorite attractions at Disney is California Adventure because it smells SO GOOD when you are flying over all the orange orchards (at least that is what I remember, anyway…).

Refresh the Front Porch with Spring Flowers

I also brought home that sweet lavender topiary!

One of my happiest places is in a garden store. I’m overwhelmed in the lumber department, but I could spend hours in the garden section.

Do you love browsing the garden section as much as I do? I can’t wait for summer!

Ready to get your hands dirty?

Come hang out with me!

Join me at the Issaquah Home Depot this Saturday (6200 E Lake Samammish Pky Issaquah, WA 98029), May 17 from 1-4PM, for the Seattle Garden Party! There will be garden-themed activities and garden-to-table fare with exclusive recipes created by Chef Amy Pennington. Have questions on gardening? An expert Gardeniere Teena Spindler will guide you through an herb container garden project and answer all of your garden questions. It’s going to be fun! Hope to see some of you there. RSVP here for the event! #SpringMadeSimple



  1. Kay

    I would have commented sooner, but I had to make a quickie trip to Home Depot for a lilac topiary!
    But seriously. I won’t buy a cleaning product unless it’s orange-scented.
    Isn’t Happy cologne also orange scented?

  2. Faith

    Ah, don’t you just love spring? The front porch is looking great. Can’t wait to see what you have in the back.

  3. Barbara (WA)

    Issaquah Home Depot boggles the mind even though I KNOW how built up that area is now. When I was growing up there was only the little old downtown Issaquah. It was a country drive from my home to Lake Sammamish where we would go swimming. Anyhoo – poking around garden centers is my very favorite type of shopping. I came home with a car trunk full of annuals yesterday and began planting my containers. I really like the charm and character of your front porch!

  4. Marilyn

    Hi Melissa, Sounds like a fun weekend. Your porch looks great! I love hydrangea and lavender-and the wonderful smell of orange blossoms. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Susan

    I have yet to work on my front porch – it is a disaster!! Maybe I will be able to come to Issaquah this weekend and meet you – and I mean if that adorable puppy will be there, how could I resist too? Gardening and flowers are my R & R – love it and your ideas here spark my creativity just a bit! I love that your front porch is covered. We have direct western exposure and it gets really hot, even here in Seattle!!

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Oh, I hope you can make it! It would be lovely to meet you. Either way, I hope you can find a way to work on your porch even with that heat you get there!

  6. Dekorasyon

    I love home decorating and am inspired by your site. You can share wonderful things.
    Thank you and success.

  7. Kay

    Your front porch looks lovely. But what I’m really waiting for is a photo of you with the orange tree strapped to your nose. Just the thought of that picture will keep me happy all day. Love it!

  8. Christine

    gorgeous porch!!! Pinning for sure….I live in Olympia….too bad I have plans for the weekend already! HUGSSSS Christine from Little Brags

  9. Rebecc

    Can’t wait to get my potted plants underway! I love your porch accessories!

  10. Kathy @ In Quiet Places

    The lavender topiary is awesome! My daughters gave me a lavender plant when they took me out to eat for Mother’s Day and I planted it in my garden and look forward to watching it grow. We are going to a Lavender Festival over Memorial Day weekend at a farm north of Dallas and I am so looking forward to cutting lots of fresh lavender right from the field.

  11. Nicki

    That orange tree sounds heavenly! I love the cart also. Lookin’ like spring at your place :)

  12. karen on bainbridge island

    I don’t NEED any more plants in my garden. But, how can anyone resist what you see in the nurseries and garden centers at this time of year? The answer is, you can’t. So, every year I give in and treat myself to a few new things and nothing brightens up your yard or your spirit like color and greenery out your window.

    This year I have added some new colors of zinnias which just grow like crazy around our terrace. And a new hydrangea called Strawberries and Cream that is just such a divine color. I know I will enjoy the garden all summer long.

  13. Joanne

    I love your little teak tea cart. You must have fun doing it up for the different seasons. Your porch looks fresh & inviting.

  14. Richella Parham

    Your front porch looks great, Melissa! That little topiary is darling–but my favorite thing is the cart!

    What fun you’ll have this weekend. One of my dear friends used to live in Issaquah; he passed away a few years ago, but I always wanted to visit there. Would you believe I’ve never been to the Pacific Northwest? I need to remedy that situation!

  15. Lisa Robinson

    Where did you get that cart by the door. It is so darling!


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