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.