Hi, everyone! I’m Amy, from Ms. Toody Goo Shoes, back for another Home and Garden post! For weeks, I’ve been itching to get outside and do some planting.
Here in New Jersey, I’ve learned to be patient, and wait until after Memorial Day to fill my flower pots and containers, for fear of a frost in late May. As I am writing this, it is so chilly in my house, we’ve turned on the heat. Hello? It’s June…what gives?
Last week, while it actually did feel like summer, I transformed my deck from a bare wooden slab, to a garden oasis. All it took was a few pretty container gardens to make my deck look lush and summery.
Every year, I follow a foolproof, three-step formula that pretty much guarantees the best-looking flower pots on the block. Want your neighbors to have container-envy? Keep reading!
Sure, you can simply plop some flowers into a pot, and call it a day. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, of course, but we’re talking pizzazz here, friends. In this case, bigger is definitely better.
Adding height can be accomplished in many ways. You can use a big, leafy plant, like this caladium…
…or, one of my favorites — a topiary shape. Best part? They can be used again next summer…just think of it as a metal perennial 🙂
2. ADD FULLNESS: Fill pot with flowers around the tall center piece.
Don’t be skimpy here! Pack ’em in! Our goal here is to make lush, eye-catching flower pots that are big on impact. Once again, more is more. But…leave room for one or two more plants at the edge of the pot, as you’ll see in the next step.
3. USE A TRAILER: Add a trailing plant or two at the edge of the pot.
A trailing leafy or flowering plant guides your eye downward, maximizing
the impact of your container. And, it adds interest by introducing
another texture and/or color. Bottom line? You want your pot to runneth
Designing container gardens is like any other type of decorating: mixing textures, colors and varying heights. How fabulous is the dark purple and light green combo?
I’m pretty pleased with how my containers turned out this year.
|Green and White Caladium, Red Begonias, English Ivy|
|Red Salvia, Red Petunias, Purple Calibrachoa|
|Purple Petunias, Green Sweet Potato Vine, Faux Ivy Garland|
|Spike, Red Salvia, English Ivy|
Here’s one of my favorites from a couple of summers ago:
|White Caladium, Pink Dianthus, Purple Petunias, Yellow Marigolds|
If you want to amp up your flower pots, remember these three steps:
Use a Trailer
|White, Green, Pink Caladium, Red Begonia, Coleus, English Ivy (from two summers ago)|