Inspirational containers

This effusive display is crammed into a copper bin that has turned a beautiful verdigris colour.  Pink Gaura lindheimeri, Helichrysum petiolare ‘Limelight’, trailing verbena, a pink diascia and Helichrysum ‘Silver Spike’.  This planter was a feature down in Hudson, New York, while we were there visiting Margaret Roach’s garden.

Scale is one of the most important considerations when you’re designing a container garden.  Don’t shy away from monumental plants like this canna in the centre of a downtown Manhattan planter.

Similarly, a front door planter needs to have enough ‘oomph’ to make a statement at your entrance.  This one includes a purple-leafed ninebark shrub as its centrepiece.

This planter shows how important it is to match the plants with the container.  It doesn’t hurt when you have a spectacular glazed pot like this one.

Of course, anything can be a container – even this free-standing and creative  display.

Hanging baskets have to be full of cascading plants.  They should grow into eachother and intermingle in such a way that you can no longer tell one plant from another.

The best advice I can give you is don’t be timid!  And be creative.  If it doesn’t work out, take the losers out and replace them with better players.  A container should look amazing all season – even if you have to edit and re-arrange to accomplish this.

2 thoughts on “Inspirational containers”

  1. Thanks Thomas. I wish I can claim credit to having constructed them all, but alas, only one is mine (I just know a great container planting when I see it!) It’s still very cold and wet here so container planting has taken a back seat for the time being. Hope your weather is a bit more amenable.

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