It's time to spruce up your outdoor dining spaces with planted pottery as centerpieces. It's easy and fun to do. We offer a few suggestions here to help out and get your creative juices flowing!
The best place to start is by asking yourself a simple questions. How long will I be using this container and need for it to look good? If you want it to look it's best for a few weeks then you need to consider the type of plant materials your are going to use in the potted arrangement.
If your masterpiece needs to be a show stopper for a single event or for just a few days then almost any plant materials will work. You may as well go for something outstanding for that one event.
When choosing plants for these decorative containers, consider the water they will need, the type of container size and style they will do best in and how much sunlight they will require. Try to put the same types of plants together so that their needs are similar and taking care of them is easier.
Now is the fun time to select the container. Try to protect your table surface with a saucer, pot feet or a piece of cork. Use a decorative and colorful container when working with evergreens and one color plants. When you are using a colorful bouquet of flowers then you can go with a plain container or terracotta color. The plants and flowers don't need the added help of a bright container.
We like to use a piece of plastic wrap to line the interior of any container to help with water condensation. Also consider the root system on the flowers or plants your using when deciding how deep the planter needs to be. The main point to consider is how long you want it to last when making the decision on the arrangement. Then let the container take the lead when it comes to how flashy to make the arrangement.
Lastly, cover the soil so your guests aren't looking at soil while enjoying a meal. Use faux rocks that well sell in the pot accessory section. Pot Shards, colorful glass marbles are both wonderful and inexpensive. We like to see tabletop planters decorated with flower picks, small children's toys, colorful ribbons, feathers or fruit. The main idea is to have fun and get creative.