This month the fabled and fair designers of the Roundtable are waxing eloquent about container gardens, and I couldn't wait to sign up with my colleagues to write this one! I container garden on my own 150 square foot balcony, and create potted gardens for many of my clients as well. What I love about this kind of gardening is that anyone, anywhere, can do it, whether you're on an estate with a cabana and a pool or in an apartment with a patio or balcony like me. Plus, regardless of your style--formal, contemporary, artsy, cottagey--container plantings can not only complement your landscape, they can be the focus of it. Here's how:This is a totally monochromatic planting with succulents in a huge glazed green pot; it's all the textures, shades of green and variety in form that provide the interest here. And don't you think it's just a gorgeous, lush look?How about an artsy, colorful garden? When you use complementary shades of pink, purple and silver in a casual arrangement, the result is striking and exuberant. Diggin' a little more formality? The owner of the house where I planted the container in the previous photo sold her house to a woman who liked more formal and elegant lines. Thank goodness a gardener came with the house! I came back and planted a yaupon topiary, and continued the formality with a choice of one flower color in the cyclamen and one spiller down the side. How about a cool contemporary look? We fabricated planters from 1/4" rolled steel for a sleek, modern sensibility and the client loooooved it. Here again, we used succulents--but see what a different look you can get depending upon the selection and arrangement!So what if you like pina coladas and getting caught in the rain? If you pinky promise not to sing the song, I'll tell you. You take flowers in purple and orange, throw in some screaming lime green and you got some tropical heatwave happening on your patio! This client asks for this color combo every year, and I always feel like doing the limbo around the pool deck while I'm working.Now, if you have a little tabletop that needs some green, what's smaller than a wire wreath form lined with sheet moss and filled with 4" potted plants? Here we used a variety of succulents, but what about little pots of herbs, or tiny flowers like alyssum or violas? When the plants get a bit too big or finish their lifecycle, simply transplant or start with new seasonal flowers!
I hope you take a few minutes to tour container blog posts by our other esteemed container junkies! You are bound to learn the ins and outs of container selection, combining colors and plants, or keeping potted plants beautiful and thriving. And, as always, thank you for cruising The Garden Designer's Roundtable for a veritable plethora of garden design tidbits!Christina Salwitz : Personal Garden Coach : Renton, WA Debbie Roberts : A Garden of Possibilities : Stamford, CT Jenny Petersen: J Petersen Garden Design : Austin TX Jocelyn Chilvers : The Art Garden : Denver, CO Laura Livengood Schaub : Interleafings : San Jose, CA Rebecca Sweet : Gossip In the Garden : Los Altos, CA Rochelle Greayer : Studio “G” : Boston, MA Lesley Hegarty & Robert Webber : Hegarty Webber Partnership : Bristol, UK Scott Hokunson : Blue Heron Landscapes : Granby, CT Shirley Bovshow : Eden Makers : Los Angeles, CA