We have been having the most beautiful weather here this past weekend as I hope all of you have also. It has been perfect for doing our yard work and getting some flower gardens spiffed up and planned. I love making container gardens every Spring and scatter them through out our landscape and porches. This year I can make both sun loving and shade loving container gardens as the front is sunny and the back is quite shady. So I get to play with all the plants available. This weekend I put together two sun loving containers for our front porch.
First I have to tell you that the pots I used were some I have had for years. They are made of a composite material that just does not deteriorate - however the finish on them does. These pots had turned so brown and yucky with age that they had to be repainted before being used. Unfortunately I failed to get a before picture.
I decided I wanted a sort of old French country look to these since they had the characteristics of old pottery. So I painted them with some black chalkboard paint first. It took two coats because it just soaked right into the dry surface.
Then I used a dry brush with a bit of grey paint - (Gravity by Valspar) that I had a sample jar of. I simply brushed it on in a very quick and random way. I wanted the black to show through in the carved areas. I like how they turned out. This method makes the carvings on these pots stand out more than just a solid color does as you see on the black pot.
In this picture I have labeled the plants that I added to the containers. My formula for container pots is to have a tall plant at the back - the Corkscrew Rush; a mid height flowering plant in the middle - the hot pink geranium; and a low spreading or vining plant at the front that will flow over the sides of the container - the English Ivy. I also like to vary the colors and textures of the foliage on the plants I use to add more interest to the containers. So if I have used a dark foliage plant I will try to place a lighter or variegated green foliage plant next to it for contrast and if I have used a smooth foliage plant I try to add a ruffled or textured foliage plant in with the mix. I have a spiky dark green foliage with the Corkscrew Rush; a curly , slightly fuzzy mid green foliage with the geranium; and a flat leaf smooth varigated green foliage with the ivy. More added texture. With all the different heights, colors and textures there is much contrast to capture your eye.
Here is a close-up of the second pot I used on the porch - same formula and plant selection as the first. I love putting my containers together with this formula it's so easy and always makes for some great eye appeal wherever they are place.
I am not quite finished with all the things on the porch but stay tuned for a revel very soon. Just a couple more projects to finish this week.
What have you been working on? How do you plan your container gardens? Tell me about it in the comments below.
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