Pretty Porch Ideas from Ile d’Orleans in Quebec, Canada

March 12, 2017 | Garden Travel, Gardens

While traveling around the Ile d’Orleans, across the St Lawerence River from Quebec City in Canada, I had a couple of “whoa, stop the car!” moments.  The island, which is basically the breadbasket of Quebec City is filled with farm stands, pretty vistas across the river that surrounds it, wildlife, and cute quaint cottages and homes.

Some of these places have charming gardens that I took lots of inspiration from.  This one was all about the porch and I think we can all agree it is adorable.

Pretty Porch Ideas from Ile d'Orleans in Quebec, Canada

When I see something that works (and makes me literally stop the car so I can jump out and surreptitiously take these shots) – I like to break it down to better understand what is working and how to recreate something similar.

Choose A Palette

This is a compilation of three main colors olive, orange and white.  The colors are used in the pillows and decorative accents, on the paint trim and house details and in the choice of plants for the window boxes and in the hanging planter.  But don’t overlook the textural color that unifies the urn, the wicker chaise and the rocker.  Coordinating these to have similar honey toned hues of brown also shows how effective design can be when you limit the color palette.

Pretty Porch Ideas from Ile d'Orleans in Quebec, Canada

Quirky Plants

This hanging basket my favorite thing. It was airy and ethereal in a way that seemed to perfectly fit this space.  Combined with the orange painted corner brackets,  this hanging container garden was what made me stop the car in the first place.

Pretty Porch Ideas from Ile d'Orleans in Quebec, Canada

I so wish that this shot was more clear – but this is what happens when you are trying to take a picture of someones house quickly!  Nonetheless, I think we can make out the planting combination:

Pretty Porch Ideas from Ile d'Orleans in Quebec, Canada

And don’t forget the hostas, peonies and an odd sunflower planted around the base to give it that just right sense of accidentally perfect.

What else is working?

For me the weight of it all feels nice.  Often modern furniture for the outdoors is oversized and often feels out of scale for a period home.  This is a nice balance that doesn’t have too much bulk or visual weight.

I also like that they embrace what makes the house unique – in fact I suspect that those orange corners might not be original, but they add a whole lot of character.

It also doesn’t hurt to live in a place that has the coolest red street lamps to be in the background of your life.  If you are headed to Quebec city in the summer and have some time, I highly recommend a quiet day driving around the Ile d’ Orleans (it is an Island in the St. Lawerence River).  You can get to it by ferry from the city, or you can drive around and cross onto it from a bridge on the north side.  there are plenty of things to do in a day and at the very far end of the island is a nature reserve where at the right time of year you might catch a glimpse of some pretty amazing bird migrations.

 

images: Rochelle Greayer 

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Proven Winners. I am not an employee of Proven Winners and all opinions are my own.

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As I look over these images again…my eye immediately goes to the Hosta flowers that in my mind, need to be cut back (immediately – before they even bloom) — I hate hosta flowers and while I am generally a scattered and slightly messy person, I am obsessed with keeping hostas ‘clean’ – does anyone else feel this way?

Hello dear Rochelle,
What a nice surprise to read a post with my province’s name in it! You are right in telling that Ile d’Orléans is a pretty place full a nice charming houses and gardens. And the vistas! Sublime.
À propos of the hostas, I think you are also right: not very pretty when the dead flower sticks are showy like in that front yard! I run to the garden with my secators when mine are at this stage. Zoom! Under the leaves, where there live a paisible life making compost…

I grew up in Italy, my parents are English but their souls aren’t. After we moved to Manitoba, Canada. This unusual breeding make me see the things differently..I fell in love with this blog..your pics remind me of a lost childhood that can come back only in photos,like a Proust’s madeleine. The hanging baskets are deliciuos. I found this idea first time here http://www.vivaguides.com/single-post/GARDEN-SUPPLIES

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