Creating a Charming Front Porch Area: I Need Serious Help

I’m going to be honest here and tell you my front porch sucks. I would love a full porch with a roof, but this is what I’ve got–a concrete slab.frontporch

Nothing on top at all, and the sides are empty, too.

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Right now, we still have snow, so I’m just trying to come up with ideas. I would love to have a porch installed with a roof, but that isn’t going to happen right now. I also considered a pergola here, but since I have my husband building a pergola over the deck in the back, I can’t really do this either (at least this year).

niobeclematisI am seriously considering adding Niobe Clematis on both sides of the door. It blooms all summer. If I used the trellis in the picture, it would sort of provide sides to the concrete slab. I realize that this will give the porch only a summer interest, and more will need to be planted. I am open to all ideas! Please post and tell me what you would do and share ideas….this is a tough one, I know.trellis2


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