Container gardening is a very satisfying way to brighten up your porch or yard, and it’s a great way to get started with gardening. You can fill planters will beautiful flowers, delicious herbs or even try your hand at vegetable gardening. Today, we’re looking at ways to create stunning planters using foliage and flowers. Here are a few tips to get you started.
1. Determine the structure
Thinking about a plant’s size and shape will help you figure out what kind of statement you’ll want your planter to make. Plants tend to be either upright, broad or trailing and successful containers usually include a combination of all three. Start with the tallest upright plant and work your way to the trailing.
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2. Think about where your planter will be located
Will your pot be placed in the sun or shade? Do you want it to be on a porch or deck? Think about where the pot will be located and then select plants that will like living there. Labels on plants will usually list their sun/shade requirements.
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3. Consider the plant’s texture and color
Foliage and color are both important in creating a successful container garden. Once you’ve gathered the plants you’re considering, arrange them based on the size of the leaves and their surface texture, as well as their color combinations. A well-composed container garden can be as important to a space as a piece of furniture – it can create energy and excitement.
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4. Don’t forget the style of the pot
Just as the structure, location, texture and color are important components of a stunning plant, so are the details of the pot you choose to put it in. You can choose from a variety of finishes such as terra cotta, plastic, wood, or our favorite, ceramic planters! There are festive zigzag planters, contemporary striped planters, and more elaborate hand painted designs. Each ceramic planter will add beauty and richness to the plants you choose to use.
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We would love to see what you come up with! Feel free to share your creations to our Facebook page.