Increase the impact of garden containers by gathering them together in clusters and groupings. It's easy and here are some tips.
Are you one of the hundreds of people who would like to add warmth and charm to your house, patio or deck areas, and do it for a small investment? Here's how:
Choose the right container for your pottery needs. Size, shape and color are all important and should be taken into consideration when deciding where to start. You don't want a conflicting color palette with the color of your home or patio cushions. When it comes to size make sure you scale where you intend to use them. A small 6" pot, placed on each side of a entry door won't make much of an impact, but place them together on a patio table and they make a lovely and functional display. Fill with herbs and create a herb garden with each pot holding a different type of plant.
Play the number game. Groups of containers look better in odd numbers such as 3, 5 or 7. But some truly compliment each other when placed in pairs. These look stunning on each side of a home entry and should look like twins when it comes to not only colors but types of plants used.
Bring home unity. Similar pots with similar colors help everything to appear unified and not all "willy-nilly". This doesn't mean identical but clusters that share a similar style but have different diameters and heights. We love it when you take all white planters and display them together. Make each one a different style, height and use different plant materials and you will still have a unified look that is outstanding.
Plants & colors are both vary important elements to consider. Choose plants that flower and add foliage to give your containers a balanced look. Try to make sure that their needs for air, water and fertilizer are similar for the most success. Concerning color, try to avoid the zoo effect where there are lots of individual specimens that don't go together. Try to keep your color theme cohesive and soothing.
Lastly, set the stage. Don't just use clustered containers outside. Place them inside your home as well. Place on steps, around elevation areas, where you want to draw attention to focal points. Hang them on bare walls, use them to conceal unsightly views, or soften empty corners. Vary the heights and you will find great "eye appeal and character.