Choosing from tons of plant materials and containers can be confusing. Sometimes you don't know where to begin. Well here are a few tips that we hope will help.
First try to figure out what your style of decorating is. Are you into colorful planters with wild patterns and bold pigments? You love to plant green in them and have the focus be the container and not the plants. Or, do you like all white containers? This way you can plant all the colorful flowers you like and change it up from season to season. One season go all pink and the next season you plant all colors of the rainbow. All of these combinations work in a white garden planter or container.
Do you like a traditional look where topiary trees are potted or do you go for something a bit more playful like a bright pot with grass shooting up out of it creating a wild look. Do you like mixing plants in pots or are you prone to one plant style per container? How about smell? Maybe you don't like a lot of fragrance or does the smell of something sweet drifting on the air excite you? Some prefer to group many pots together and others like a simple bold statement!
By answering these questions will help you to get started and make a decision before you spend a ton of money on something you are not happy with. Everyone has different tastes and not one is better than another. Discover what moves you and go with that. There is nothing more satisfying then sitting out on your patio, drinking a glass of tea, and admiring the decorative pottery you have surrounding you.
Julie, can't say we know but a great question to try on google. Good luck and let us know what you found out!
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Make A Beach In A Pot
7/27/2011 4:13:07 PM
If you yearn for the beach but live miles inland, you can re-create the look easily in a garden pot.
Find a low wide pot or bowl, that is approximately 14" in diameter. It can be made of terracotta clay, ceramic, poly-resin, concrete or any other type of planterthat you like. Partially fill the bowl with new potting soil. Set the plants you purchased still in their nursery container on the soil, and move them till you find the position that you really like. Make an arrangement that makes you happy! Use 4" slow growing plants, approx 3.
Knock the plants out of the nursery containers and gently take the coiled roots apart. Fill in around them with more potting soil up to within an inch of the pot rim. Make sure the soil is compact and then water till moist.
Pour sand on top of the soil and finish with a piece of driftwood or other beachy treasure. Shells, and sand-dollars make interesting pieces to add.
Set the finished pot on a sunny patio or porch, where it gets some sun and some shade. Water once a week or so using a gentle stream of water. You don't want to disturb the display. A watering can comes in handy here.
*Idea found in Sunset Magazine by Kathleen Brenzel
Selecting containers that are appropriate for arrangements is fundamental to a designer's success. With this chart below (provided by Florist Review, June 1998) they offer suggestions as to which containers are best used with today's most popular arrangement styles.
Obviously, there are some exceptions; use this chart as a guide and quick reference, not necessarily as the final word for your selection of containers. "As the picture frame is to the artist, so the container is to the flower arrange. Each serves to contain, accent, and properly display the finished products." - Bill Hixson, floral designer.