If you ever take a stroll through my Outdoor Living board on Pinterest you’ll find lots of beautiful inspiring images of kitchens, powder rooms, and different color schemes I’m in love with. Another thing you’ll find are loads of pictures of beautiful container gardens on beautiful front porches. I always love these pictures, there’s just something about them that is so inviting. The beautiful flowers and the great furniture that I’m pretty sure I’ll never be able to afford even if I live to be 1000.
While I can’t help you or I afford these amazing houses I can help you make your very own amazing planters for your house. The secret to beautiful container gardens is very simple and it is something that has taken me years to figure out. It is the Combination of Three.
The Combination of Three
For truly amazing looking planters you will need to use a combination of three height variations and plants regardless of the size of the container. You will want something that is tall and showy, a medium height filler that is full and luscious, and lastly something that likes to lazily hang over the side. If you are creating a grouping of planters, like I did, you only need to follow the combination of three for the outside planters.
To add additional interest to your planters try to pick plants with different variations of foliage. This additional texture can be found in two different ways either by the color of the foliage, or by the shape of the leaf. Mix and match a minimum of three to add the maximum amount of visual interest in your planters.
Picking out your Plants
When shopping for plants for a container garden the biggest thing to keep in mind is where the container will be and how much direct light it is going to get. Light and the amount of water will have the biggest impact on your container garden. This always seems like the simplest part, but for some reason this is where I went astray in the past. It didn’t matter if I was shopping for full sun or full shade I always seem to find plants I liked better in the other section. It must be that grass is always greener on the other side thing.
I love my new to me vintage planter I picked up a couple weeks ago at my new favorite antique/junk store, Old Town Depot in Helots.
For my 5 full/part sun planters I used
Curly Whurly Corkscrew Rush
Coleus – variety 6 pack
Sweet Potato Vine – 6 pack
Training Lanta (3)
Before I plant my flowers I always like to arrange them in the pots first. This helps me to plan out my arrangements and mix them up before its too late. Plus it’s a lot less wear and tear on the plants to move them around in their plastic pots then it is to dig them out and move them later.
Unsure where to put your plants? Here’s a couple of fool proof arrangements.
These a basic arrangements and should be adjusted as necessary depending on the size of the plants and planters that you intend to use. Note that each plant has a different shaped and colored leaves to add lots of visual interest. I recommend using at least three different plants in each container.
Thank goodness here is the easy part. Fill your planters with some potting soil, I just use the cheap stuff, and add your plants. For full beautiful planters right away you may need to add an extra plant. If you’re a patient person, its okay to leave a little free space. The plants will eventually fill in the gaps as they grow.
Finally water and enjoy your new beautiful planters!
By using the combination of three you will have amazing looking fool proof container gardens of your own in no time at all. I’d love to see your projects so don’t forget to send us a message! You never know we could feature your project on an upcoming post!
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