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Highlight Your Garden Pottery With Color! Part I

Choose from all the colors of nature to create garden planters that are the highlight of your garden or patio area.  Many times adding color to your garden area in pottery is a way to bring that color into your life.  It can excite, stimulate, soothe or refresh you.  Many times the hues of color in your planters is a way of showing who you really are.  Besides the beauty of it all, the smells are wonderful.
When planning your future pots, use light colored annuals such as white, pink and pale blue rather then dart tones to bring light into the area.  If you use deep dark colors in shady areas try to mix colorful bright ones among them to help develop a contrast that will stand out.
For maximum effect think about how the flowers & greens will blend or contrast with their surroundings.  Pot of deep red geraniums against a red brick wall or redwood fence will not pop as would white or pink.  On the other hand, white geraniums will not stand out against a white picket fence or siding of your home.  Use bold colors like burgundy or purple against white backgrounds and light colors like pink or peach against darker surfaces.  Easy!

For the inside of your home, use 3 or 4 colors as a theme.  Use with repetition they unify garden areas just as they unify the rooms inside a home.  Example:  containers with gold or pink petunias can tie different areas of your home together just like it can the garden, patio or yard area.
Try to stick with focal points.  Group containers of one color in the center of an area, then surround these with pots of flowers or foliage that contrast in color, texture and height.  You can use this same technique to draw attention away from an unsightly area, since the views eye will be drawn to the vivid display.
These are just a few of the tips that we can share.  Read the next Pottery Post Blog entry for a few more.
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Post Last Updated: 12/29/2016 7:35:26 AM 

Designing with Pots.


No matter where you live, pots of flowers and plants add pizzazz to the ordinary, brighten dull areas with splashes of color and transform blank spaces into focal points.  Though it really is one of the easiest landscape projects, there's more to creating a gorgeous container garden than putting out some pots.  Here are some simple and easy ways to get spectacular arrangements.

Color - Texture - Form - Scale

Color:  This is perhaps the most important aspect.  Cool tones, such as green and blue, recede, making a space look larger.  Warm colors, such as red and orange, stand out, and help create a closer, more intimate atmosphere.   To enhance overall harmony and continuity, plant the same or softly complementary floral and foliage tones in your planters and group them together.  However, if you want to emphasis the individuality of each garden container, use different plant species and colors in separate pots to achieve that result.

Texture:  This can be as important as color.  The details can be large or small but without them, the visual harmony it makes will be diminished.  A textured plant has a big impact on our senses.  Match plants that have similar textures.  Use garden plants that are similar.  Concrete, terracotta baked clay, poly resin or high shine glazed will all give a different look and feel to the arrangements.  Employ texture to evoke different moods and effects and don't forget to keep the look, feel and touch of the container as well.  Choose a finish that accents and improves the plants texture.

Form:  Shape and structure are powerful design tools with which you can produce a wide range of emotions, such as drama or tranquility.  This applies to both containers and plants.  Sharp lines and angles tend to create excitement.  If you prefer a calm relaxed atmosphere, try curved lines and rounded forms.  Pot shape is very important.  Using the same form though out could become monotonous, but on the other hands, a collection of many different ones is likely to look jumbled.

Scale:  This involves proportion and size.  Working with just these two aspects alone can produce very different container designs.  Try to incorporate two or three different pot sizes and shapes in a collection.  Visual interest results from the noticeable difference between pots.  Choosing plants that accentuate the look and shape of the pots further enhances the display.  Try a tall and narrow pot or a short and wide container and choose plants that accent them.
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Post Last Updated: 7/2/2018 2:10:22 PM 

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