Hightlight Your Garden Pottery With Color. Part II
12/20/2012 12:28:41 PM
Here are a few more tips we promised in the earlier blog. They should aid you in selecting color to put in your garden pottery & planters.
Did you know that color effects your emotions? Bright colors such as red & yellow excite us and make us feel warm, where blue, green and pink are considered cooler and calmer! Maybe you want to create a planter that makes you feel warm and exited. Use exciting colors as yellow and scarlet. In the backyard where you want a more relaxed feel select the pots with rose, and blue shades.
Monochromatic potted arrangements emphasize a single color with flowers or foliage of various hues. Though the emphasis is on one color, its not the same color but different hues of the same color. Even an all white garden pot is best emphasized with shades of silver, cream and pale yellow. Stunning!
When setting up your color palette, plan it out so that your potted display is focused and unified. The area of display inside a garden planter is small and confined. The details, colors and combinations should accent the rest of the yard, finding the right mix is sometimes difficult but rewarding.
If you are stuck about what color palette to use, try white, which is very calm and neutral. It combines with many colors to develop different moods. White and green create a fresh feel and by adding yellow to the mix produces a cool tone that still lively. White combined with pink and blue gives off a romantic feel.
Lastly, for a restrained, yet vibrant attention getting feel, try purple. Place with gray and pink,it produces a sophisticated look. For a lighthearted stylish feel poisiton it with yellow and light brown.
It's natural to visualize a garden room on a sunny summer day, with breezes blowing the curtains and golden light streaming in. Indeed, many garden rooms - especially transitional ones like porches, verandas, and some sun rooms - are strictly warm season spaces. Conservatories were created as a way to make an indoor space for potted plants that would stay warm during cold winter months.
One of the greatest joys of any kind of garden room is being in a leafy, light place when everything outdoors is cold and gray. For avid gardeners, winter can be a frustrating season. But, spending it in a home created garden room, tending to indoor potted plants or sorting see packets and browsing thru catalogs, can make the season a restful interlude.
For those who enjoy gardens less actively, the opportunity to be in a room that recalls the beauties of the growing season - sipping a cup of tea while gazing out at the snow covered landscape or listening to rain on the roof - is one of life's greatest pleasures.
There is nothing more comforting then the sight of bright seed packets on a cold winters day. Turn your thoughts to gardening and dream.
Creating a garden room is easy to do. Find a space like a porch where you can set up a table or two with potted plants & saucers. Add a chair for relaxing and enjoyment. Force bulbs in winter and fill with lush potted flowers in summer. Add a small desk if there is room to stock your garden books and magazines. Can spring be far behind????
Ever heard of a Valentine's day Shrub? This winter bloomerproduces a show of red rose, blooms that nearly obscure the plant's foliage in February and March. When no hidden by flowers, the foliage takes on a purple cast adding to the appeal of this lovely plant. If you don't want to try it in your garden, how about potting it in a lovely red ceramic planter and giving it as a gift for the holiday? Easy and unique!
Now is the time to cut back on your ornamental grasses. All winter long they have provided your garden pots with color, and substance. Shear them back before new growth comes in Spring and keep them looking neat and tidy. Once cut back they will start new growth spurts that will conceal the trimmed portion of the plant.
Right now is when you want to be thinking about sowing seeds or setting out your transplants of garden veggies. Make sure your pots are cleaned out. Use fresh potting soil and follow the directions on your seed packets. Planting veggies in garden pots are fun and create a lovely colorful garden that you can have right on your patio.
Lastly, if you still have some hardy annuals potted sitting on a porch or patio you must continue to protect them from frost. Here we show you have to take a tomato cage and drape it with burlap, sheets, old blankets etc to protect it from the cold elements.
Cover at night and remove in the morning so it can get some light and sun.
By taking these few cautious steps you can prolong the life of your annuals and keep your garden and patio areas looking lovely. Next Spring and Summer are right around the corner!
How can you enjoy a garden in this month of cold weather, rain or even snow? How about bringing it indoors! You can add a sun room to your home or create a warm, sunny place for potted plants and people to enjoy. Turning a family room or kitchen nook into a garden room with potted plants is fun and easy to do with a few easy tips. Choose your plants carefully, add a few garden accessories like a birdhouse or garden lantern and create a warm inviting place during these cold weather months.
Follow these few tips and you will have great success:
The best environments for keeping plants happy indoors are below:
To thrive all plants need light. To make them most happy you need natural light. You can always use a grow light if you don't have a south facing window that you can place the potted plants next to. All windows get some morning light but hot afternoon sun is not good since it can burn the leaves and tender flowers.
Make sure if the window gets frost that the plants are not touching glass since being too cold is not good either. Keep your eye on the kind of light and length of light and know if you need to make any changes based on how the plants seem to be doing.
Comfortable temperatures, like people are important to plants. Indoor daytime temps should range from 62 to 72 degrees with night temps no colder than 55 degrees. Keep the potted plants away from drafts, fireplaces and heater vents.
Dry heat is common in most homes and can be very hard on tender indoor potted plants. For a cactus or succulent the dry heat is fine but a delicate African Violet or orchid need humidity. If you place saucers around the potted plants, filled with pebbles and water it helps. Mist the plants regularly or place them with a plastic bag over, creating a humidifier.
Watch your indoor plants, adjust the temp, water, and light and you should have great success.
This twisted willow branches set into a chimney pot offer an attractive support for ivy, and will provide welcome interest in the winter garden. The instructions are below and are fairly simple. Send us photos of your finished project!
Place the planter pot that you are going to use in it's final position. Make sure that it's in shade or half shade. This is a great time to place the planter next to a blank wall that needs some green growth.
Place the chimney pot full of ivy inside and position it in the center bottom of the pot. Half fill with compost. Fold or crumple the wire netting and push down into the chimney pot so it rests on the compost.
Arrange the willow branches in the chimney pot of ivy, pushing the stems through the wire netting. Use the wire netting as a form to support the branches so they are placed in a well rounded and decorative design. The wire frame will give support to the flexible ivy plant. Besides for appearance the wire frame will support the ivy as it climbs up the branches.
Rest the ivy plant, in its pot, on the wire netting among the willow branches. Fill the chimney pot with compost to within 4 inches of the rim. Cut loose any ties and remove the cane. You want the ivy to be loose and free flowing, not tangled in anyway.
Arrange the stems of ivy over the willow branches and make sure that they are supported and not just drooping. We want to promote decorative growth. Water everything.
The beginning may look rather unfinished, but as the ivy grows, wrapping around the willow branches and settles into it's new surroundings it will attach itself and look lovely. Make sure some trails drape over the sides of the planter.
Final Tip: You may find that some of your twisted willow branches take root in the compost. Plant a rooted branch in the garden where it will grow into a tree. It will eventually be quite large so do not plant near a house if you want to avoid this. Plant anytime of year....even Winter!
this is such a great idea and it looks so easy to do. i am going to try it with the brand new container i just purchased from arizona pottery. i think the sticks sticking out of the planter really adds that special touch. thanks for the tips.
Arizona Pottery On-line Inc.
To Cold for Containers? NEVER!
1/2/2012 9:10:26 AM
If a material looks good and stand up to winter weather, why not reuse it from year to year? The reusable red bamboo poles in this pot offer a strong vertical accent, while living variegated boxwood provides more vertically and a striking backdrop.
Tall, bold gestures such as these are especially important in winter designs. People aren't as likely to stop and linger when the weather is blustery, so designs need to read well from a distance. For this container, wrap dried magnolia leaves around African knobs - all available at dried flower retailers and craft stores. Reconstructing natural materials and arranging them in clusters is another great way to make designs pop.
The Pot used in this photo is from the Vietnamese Black Clay line. It is high fired and can with stand colder temps. It will not absorb water and therefore will not freeze. With the bright colors in the plant materials a subtle colored pot can be used with great success.
This container includes Variegated boxwood, stained red bamboo poles, African knobs, Southern magnolia and noble fir boughs.
Now to enhance your winter designs with unique containers: Look to the colorful glazes and decorative etchings on pots as a source of inspiration. The detailed carving on this container draws the eye up to the planting, while the mahogany-stained kuwa stems and black spruce boughs continue the progression up and out.
Luckily, creating winter containers doesn't have to mean gardening in frigid temperatures. For this container, you can fill a plastic growers pot with potting soil and arrange the planting indoors. Once the design is finished, take it outdoors and drop it into the decorative container.
One thing to consider when using a container like this granite one shown or one of our concrete planters is that once it's filled it will be to heavy to move around so make sure it's in a place you can leave it till next Spring.
This pot has Mahogany stained kuwa stems, reed bamboo, black spruce boughs, southern magnolia, incense cedar, driftwood and winterberry.
We hope this give you some great ideas. Stretch your imagination, apply a few of these tips and you should experience great success.