Vibrant Colorful Planters
Convenient for hoteliers, planter garden brighten patios and outdoor spaces with a minimal amount of effort and easily translate into indoor oasis’s which delight and soothe guests.
Planters in landscapes add a distinctive and stylish elegance. Regardless of your landscape theme, adding these delightful, eye-friendly plantings makes a difference. They definitely bring the wow factor! Choosing the correct planters and plantings to go in them is very important. By acquiring designer know-how, shade-versus-sun plant knowledge, growing conditions, and texture/color logic, you’ll be ready for the upcoming season in your personal landscape or professional arena with distinctive planters.
The Designer’s Rule
Planters look best when you combine plants with three different growth habits:
Vertical such as phormium, canna, calla pennisetum or upright fuchsia.
Horizontal such as heliotrope, osteospermum, petunia, coleus or impatiens.
Cascading such as nemesia, helichrysum, ipomea or callibrachoa.
Planning the Structure
When you’re selecting plants, you need to think about their eventual height, shape and growth habit. Most plants are upright, broad or trailing. The most successful container combinations usually include at least one of each form. Start with a tall, upright plant. Add one or two broad, mid-height plants, and then select one or two trailing plant forms.
Of course another sure-fire way to create a strong, architectural statement is to place just one bold plant in the container. Consider flanking an entryway with a pair of plantings or a clump of ornamental grass, makes a bold statement. Or you could focus all the attention on a trailing form; envision a tall, celadon-green urn filled with nothing but a burgundy-colored sweet potato vine. Contrasting foliage really grabs the eye.
Consider Growing Conditions
Think about where the pot will be located and then select plants that will like living there. Plant labels usually list sun/shade requirements. It’s also important to combine plants with similar moisture requirements. Soil preference is also important. Plant labels (or a well-informed sales associate) can provide this information. Now you can understand why one plant per pot might be helpful if you are just beginning to master planters. However, it won’t take long . . .
Foliage is just as important as color in creating a successful container planting. Once you’ve gathered a group of candidates, think about the size of the leaves and their surface texture. Leaf textures range from waxy to shiny, to prickly or velvety. Contrasting foliage really grabs the eye.
“Creating winning plant combinations is easier than you might think.”
Be Bold with Color
A well-composed container planting can be as visually stimulating as a great painting. Generate energy and excitement by combining complimentary colors such as purple and orange. Or paint a more visually soothing composition by limiting yourself to related colors such as blues and pinks or reds and yellows. You can also create a stunning, very sophisticated look using nothing but greens, whites and silvers. Pots and planters present a great opportunity to experiment with dramatic color combinations that you’d probably never dare to use in your permanent landscape. Above all, enjoy while learning . . . creating winning plant combinations is easier than you might think.
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Micah Dennis and the Paradise Restored Landscaping Team specialize in Exterior Landscape Design in Portland, Oregon. Outdoor Living Spaces provide an extension of the interior environment and are taking over as favorite entertainment options while adding value to your property. We welcome you to view our Portfolio of finished works @ www.paradiserestored.com