Have you ever heard of "pottery toppers"? Well, we may have just made it up but we think it's a easy and creative way to top your garden planters and containers. No only does it add a decorative touch but it also serves a great purpose.
Let's start from the beginning. When you plant directly in a garden container you finish with a good amount of top soil exposed. This is not a bad thing. We want you to give your potted plants as much soil as possible so that they can grow and not be crowed. However, in harsh weather conditions that exposed soil can cause some major damaged to plants and plant root systems. Sometimes making them even fatal.
What you want to do is provide that exposed soil & plant roots to protection. Something to keep the water off in case of freezing temperatures, or a layer to provide warmth. Mulch has been used for generations to keep plants protected during the winter months
We suggest using something a bit more decorative. Maybe add color with pool balls, Christmas ornaments, filbert nuts, acorns, pine cones, or like the photos show, colorful and fragrant fruit. Get creative! Your pots will look fantastic and your plants will be happy for the added protection.
The recent trend we are seeing right now are simple white displays that calm the mind and lift the spirits. Grouping neutral color pots like white, black, grey, & creme, in front of a window creates a "indoor flower bed" that distracts from the dull, lifeless scene of winter! When you stick to a serene, all white pallet it instantly adds unity to the floral arrangements you plant in them.
The key to creating a multi-style container display is to plant them with plants that require similar light requirements. Azaleas, campanula, amaryllis, orchid and pilea glauca all thrive in moderate to bright indirect light. Then consider the location of where you group the pots. For the most part vibrant blooms like southern facing windows.
Try to arrange each pot no more than 4 inches away from its neighbor. This makes the air circulation around each pot more humid. That's huge for holiday potted plants that often tropical in origin and require high humidity.
For the most cohesive pottery display, go with vibrant white, and fill with colorful foliage. Bright green plants, colorful blooms like amaryllis, can always balance out the display by adding color & depth. Next go for visual texture by adding containersof different height. Elevate pots with saucers if necessary. Mix different shapes like rectangles, ovals & rounds.