Anyone can purchase a planter — it’s what you do with that planter that makes all the difference. Sure a few pink begonias are beautiful, but you can take your design to the next level. This spring, create planter designs that showcase your individual sense of style, as well as your own personality.
Remember, it’s your planter to enjoy. With thousands of possible plant combinations, the sky’s the limit. When you see gardening displays that leave you wanting more, know that these individuals are probably visiting the same nurseries as you. Sourcing stunning plants and garden accents isn’t hard — it’s what you do with them that allows you to push your creativity.
Have a Planter? Create Your Own Design This Spring
The beauty of owning planters is that each season, you can change the overall design. Although you may want to take elements from previous years, it’s nice to switch things up. When it comes to designing your own breathtaking planter, it’s all about what you choose and how you arrange your plants.
Step One: Plan the Layout
When it comes to your planter, the size of your plants is important. When you first plant them, you may think that everything looks beautiful, only to discover that one of the plants eventually overtakes the planter, shadowing or even killing other plants that are in the same container.
When you’re planning, you need to consider what the eventual height of your plants will be, as well as their shape and needs. You can either decide on contrasting heights and shapes — or you can select one bold plant that makes an eye-catching statement, such as a dwarf spruce.
If you decide that standard planters do not meet your needs, in terms of your overall vision, why not create your own? Custom planters are the perfect way to pinpoint your design needs, allowing you to select the shape, material, size, and color. It doesn’t get much more personalized than that.
Step Two: Understand the Needs of Your Plants
In order for your design to come to life, you’ll need to tend to the needs of your plants. If you have a window planter, for instance, you’ll want to consider optimal conditions for the plants you choose. If your window planter is in a sunny spot, but you plant shade-loving flowers, you can see how problems may arise.
No matter how much you tend to them, they will have a hard time surviving and your efforts will have been for nothing. The easiest way to plan, is to simply research each plant’s needs. Tags also generally list the set requirements regarding sun and shade.
Although light is a major factor, so are moisture requirements. It’s important to combine plants that share similar watering needs. Your soil will also make a difference — some plants prefer humusy soil, while other like a more sandy soil that drains quickly. If in doubt, don’t be shy to ask the experts at your local nursery.
Step Three: Understand the Impact Textures Make
By adding different contrasting textures, you enhance the overall design and mood of your planter. Texture can also create depth and the illusion of space. When you become more experienced, understanding how textures contribute to design, you will also be able to create incredible winter displays when the time comes.When choosing plants and flowers, we often think about color — which we will get to momentarily. Although color is a dramatic and important element, so is texture. Plants are incredible, offering leaves that showcase a wide range of textures. Some are waxy, while others are almost velvety.
Step Four: Know Your Colors
When choosing plants, as long as they remain healthy, there’s no right or wrong choice. You need to select plants and color combinations that you personally enjoy. When a planter is well-designed, it will be almost like a well-thought-out painting, showcasing visually stimulating combinations.
When adding two different colored plants, complementary colors tend to look beautiful, such as purple and orange or yellow and blue. You can even select colors that accent the color of your home. This is especially appealing when showcasing color combinations on your deck or patio.
Regardless of your overall design, it’s generally recommended that you add a combination of all three growing habits — thrillers, fillers, and spillers. Meaning, some plants will grow vertically, some will grow horizontally, and others will be cascading. At Veradek, we provide high-quality planters.