3 EASY STEPS TO PLANTING BEAUTIFUL POTS
Last week I spent a morning replanting our outdoor pots on the front porch. I love to have beautiful flowers at the front door, it’s a small manageable space, perfect for my not so green thumb! Quarterly I replant our outdoor pots and then set a goal to keep the flowers alive through out that season. It costs between $20-$40 typically, and I think is worth the investment to have a beautiful entry to our home.
***Make Sure you read all the way to the bottom of the post, I’m giving away the wreath that’s on my front door.***
As I was planting this week it struck me how picking plants for the pots is similar to choosing pillows or accent decor for inside the house. When choosing plants you want everything to flow and have a cohesive feel. Here are my 3 simple steps I use when decorating with outdoor pots.
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STEP #1 COLOR
The first thing I consider when I’m choosing plants at the nursery is the color I want to plant. I like to choose one color family and then choose plants only within that color family. I went with purple for the summer. If you start adding in a lot of different colors, it can be beautiful, but it can also easily overwhelm an outdoor space. Especially when you’re planting pots in a small area.
One color keeps everything cohesive and there’s such a variety to the different shades of that color it will still be interesting. The only other color I will add in is white. White flowers go with everything and will highlight the main color you’ve chosen for your pots.
STEP #2 TEXTURE AND SIZE
Another thing I consider when choosing plants for our pots is the texture of the flowers, their leaves, along with the size of both. Within the same color family I like to make sure there is a variety to the size and shape of the flowers and their leaves to keep everything interesting. I also make sure the green of the leaves blend well together. There is such a variety in greens that if you get too many different shades of green it will begin to look too busy.
Here, the shape of the foxglove flowers compliment the shape of the petunias, and when the lavender topiary’s re-bloom the lavender flowers will add another complimentary flower shape and texture.
STEP #3 BALANCE
Symmetry is something I also look at whenever I’m decorating inside or outside. I love to have some symmetry but not have everything matchy-matchy either.
I have the same two pots on both sides of the door, the taller pot is planted identically on each side. The smaller pot has the same flower in both, but I varied the height. Then I added a third and different element, the flowering Mallow tree, to just one side to add interest, height, and balance. If your space allows, a tall element will draw your eye up and gives a lot of visual presence to the whole scene.
GIVEAWAY FROM LYNCH CREEK FARM
They have launched a wedding collection of fresh cut wreaths and garlands, and this gorgeous wreath on our front door is part of the collection. It is the 26″ Northwest Salal Wreath and you have a chance to win one of your very own.
How beautiful would this be at a wedding or special event to greet your guests, there is also a matching garland.
HERE’S HOW TO ENTER
Lynch Creek has generously offered to send one of their Northwest Salal Wreath to one of my readers. Simply leave a comment on this post on where and how you’d use your beautiful wreath from Lynch Creek Farm.
Bonus entry by popping over to MY INSTAGRAM and commenting on the giveaway photo on my feed.
The GIVEAWAY runs from May 20th and closes on May 22nd at 9pm PST.
WINNER announced on May 23rd here on this post, and on Instagram
Open to US and Canadian residents. GOOD LUCK!
Hope this takes some of the guess work out of planting your outdoor pots, and good luck on the givewaway!