So you finally created that perfect little spot in the backyard, just in time for summer. Maybe it is a big flagstone patio for parties, maybe it is a brand new deck, or maybe a cozy little terrace made from tumbled pavers. Looks great. Lots of room. Nice seating. Cant wait to use it. But isnt something missing?
Top pot tips (try saying THAT five times fast):
Size: Yes, it matters. Just like when you choose plants for out in the yard, sometimes you have to go big. A tiny clay pot gets lost if its just plopped on a humongous deck. Big pots make a big impression. Think of them they way you do trees. Use big ones where you need a focal point.
Numbers: Interior designers will rave your ear off about how you should display things like picture frames, candles, and knick-knacks in groups. The same holds true for pots in the landscape. Try pulling a group of 3 different-sized pots together in the same corner of the patio. Now you have something really interesting.
Style: One trick is to match the style of your landscape: wooden barrels and stone finishes for a rustic mountain landscape, terra cotta and glazed ceramics in the desert, classic forms and repeated shapes in a formal setting, a hodgepodge of artsy pieces for an eclectic look. But you can also get creative, or even use things that arent planters at all. The best part? Pots arent permanent: you can move them around or swap them out anytime, easily changing the look of the landscape whenever the mood strikes.
Plants: Start with what works in your climate. Then try the Rule of Three. Landscape designers like to start with something tall and showy in the middle, then surround it with some mid-height plants of contrasting color, then stick in some things around the edge of the pot that will trail down over the lip. 3 plant types + 1 pot = 1 professional-looking feature.
Water: Unless you include your pots in your irrigation system, youll have to do this by hand. Container plants can dry out quickly, so keep an eye on yours and be vigilant about watering. Pots only look good if the plants in them are alive.
Its great to carve out a little space so you can get out and enjoy the landscape. Just dont forget to bring the landscape with you.