“Pot-Scaping” Is the Outdoor Trend Anyone Can Do — Even Inside

published Jul 21, 2021
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A beautiful planter can add a pop of color and texture into your space, but there’s no reason the same effect can’t translate to the outdoors. In a recent interview with Matthew Blashaw, known for hosting HGTV’s “Professional Grade” among other shows, he surfaced the idea of pot-scaping, which is landscaping with pots, and it’s the yard trend you didn’t know you needed.

Blashaw met his wife in Kansas City five years ago, who introduced him to the fascinating world of pot-scaping that has a large presence in Missouri. “She creates these pot clusters, these groupings of large pots — different sizes, different colors, medium to small — right in the corner [of the yard],” Blashaw told Apartment Therapy. “So you have these cool little levels, then you put these different plants in it so you’ve created a sculpture with this pot, and it’s a pot-scape.”

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Blashaw uses the example of having a planter bed that’s looking run down and, in short, not that great. “I’ll bring in a boulder, a couple of pots, some low pots, some high pots, a color that’s around to group in with the other plants that you have to give some more visual interest,” Blashaw mentioned.

With a wide variety of colors and sizes, the possibilities of grouping together pots to add vibrancy into your yard are endless — whether they’re positioned on your front porch, or incorporated right into the landscape. And for those who experience various weather throughout all four seasons, one of the best parts about pot-scaping is that the pots will add color to the outdoors all year round, no matter what is or isn’t growing at the time.

But of course, you can incorporate the art of pot-scaping indoors, too. This is a smart way to add a bit more life into your interior spaces, especially for those who don’t have an outdoor outlet to even explore landscaping in. “Why not make your own little backyard, even if you have a small, little confined space,” Blashaw said.

Moral of the story: whether it’s outdoors or indoors, pot-scaping is a quick way to add some color into your life.