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While it’s taken a little bit longer than planned (thank to Old Man Winter refusing to go away), the main phase of our new front yard is set to be finished up by the end of next week! That means we’ll have new gardens, new front steps, and the Dutch door will be installed. Yay! The project actually wraps around one side of the house and includes a large portion of the back of the yard too. It will all be a lot easier to show you rather than to explain. But back to the front. On my new front steps, I want to have two nice planters so I’ve been scouring the web to see what’s out there, and have narrowed it down. First up is the Orangerie planter from Walpole Woodworkers. I’m partial to square planters rather than round ones because I think they’re just a little more modern looking, but this one also really suits the cottage garden feel I’m going for, and will coordinate well with the garden gates and fencing I hope to have installed.

However, I also love teak and the way it weathers so this White Washed Teak Planter from Frontgate could also work really well.

And Restoration Hardware’s Zinc Planters offer a sleek look, but without being too modern which doesn’t suit my classic cape style home. Zinc will also stand the test of time without having to be painted every few years which I really like.

Of course, the classic styling of a stone urn always draws me in, but I worry that it’s too formal.

And lastly would be to continue my obsession with cobalt pots. You may remember the DIY version that have been gracing my front steps for the past few year. But if I’m going to put pots out there, I’d like to now have something that I can keep out all year long and change out seasonally, and the ceramic will not survive the cold New England winters so this one may not really be an option.

Of course, price will probably end up being the main factor, but there are a wide variety of planters similar to these styles available so these might not be the exact ones I go for. You’ll have to stay tuned and see what I end up selecting, but feel free to vote for your favorite by leaving a comment below!

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