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.