By Ann Davenport
Container gardens are all the rage these days. You can’t walk into a garden center without seeing the endless selection of pots and of course, plants with which to fill them. Containers make great additions to the landscape. A well placed display can bring an entirely new dimension to a space. Here are some things to think about when selecting and placing containers in the landscape.
Containers placed at the entry of a home bring focus to the front door, creating a warm and welcoming entrance. Planting combinations can be anything from simple to elaborate. The possibilities are endless! Because of the high visibility of a front door, it’s an excellent opportunity to select and change out plant material according to the season.
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Use containers to create separate “rooms” in an outdoor space. For example, containers can be placed as a perimeter around a seating area, creating a defined space separate from other parts of the garden. A cluster of containers can turn an area into a lush, intimate, oasis. In small spaces where “real estate” in the yard is at a premium, think about going up. Green walls are another great way to define a space, create a focal point, and try something new and different.
Placing containers along a section of wall or fence helps break up a long horizontal line, providing a focal point for the eye. Think about using clusters of pots of varying heights to provide visual interest.
"Head" Over Heals for these Containers!
Think outside the box when it comes to containers. There are endless opportunities. Look for something whimsical and fun. Bright colors, interesting shapes, and things you wouldn’t likely think of as a plant container. Almost anything can be used to hold plants. Get creative! Just remember that your plants will need adequate drainage to be happy so if you choose a “non-traditional” container you may need to drill a few holes in the bottom to allow water to escape.
Color for the Garden and the Plate
Love to use fresh herbs in your cooking? How about growing a few of your own veggies? Containers provide a good opportunity for those with limited space. Combine several herbs in a pot. Maybe choose a theme and select ediblies that fit that theme: “Italian Extravaganza”, “Salad Garden”, “Tea Time”….. There are many possibilities to add color to your garden and your plate by growing your own herbs and vegetables.
With these ideas in your head, you are well on your way to transforming your containers from “just another pretty face” to hard workers in the garden. Happy planting!
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