Spring is just around the corner and while the snow has not yet even begun to melt, it is only a couple short months until we can all get back outside and start thinking about how to decorate our outdoor rooms. The exciting thing about container gardening is that every spring, they can be completely re-invented. This year, the trend will be towards simplicity…Do you have extra planters laying around? If so take a look at the pot itself and take a cue from it's style and design to come up with a one plant perfect match. By limiting yourself to just one plant per container you reduce the risk of pairing things that don't naturally go together (one plant likes shade one plant like sun and they can't both be happy in the same place!). It is a tricky design challenge I know, but I have paired up a few to show you how. Here is the formula: One Pot + One Plant = Huge Designer Style
Shown above, left to right:
1. Lush ferns that are happy with a little dry shade can fill a shiny metal bucket or a black one (I am not sure which look I like better) and give an opportunity for surrounding yourself with the fresh rain-forest garden feel that only ferns can give. (Buckets from Ikea for only $8.99)
2. And for an eye catching Mediterranean look, perhaps a combo of Golden Parrots Beak with a classic olive oil urn (from Seibert and Rice). It is timeless and traffic stopping.
3. Pink is usually a soft garden color that makes me think of grandmas cottage….but this pink container filled with Pink Muhly grass asserts a strong modern sensibility that is really the opposite of faded blossoms, and rather a standout feature that sets the scene.
4.Clean and bright and cheery, it is the Pollyanna of my little collection. I can see this container nicely paired with perhaps another wooden vessel (of different size, shape or height) similarly filled with white daisies.
5. To say I am obsessed with Ricinus is an understatement…for me it is a case of wanting more the thing I can’t have (I have never seen a castor been plant in a New England Nursery, but easy to grow seeds are available from Botanical Interests. I think this combo of exotic and exciting Castor Bean with the Moroccan Planter from Terrain is a dangerous and sexy mix. Other less controversial plants that I think could be substituted here…Amaranth, Quinoa, or maybe rhubarb, though I have read that many people struggle to keep this heavy feeder happy in a pot.
When you have only two elements, the combination has to add up to something magical…remember though, a lot can be accomplished with very little so don't try too hard.