Container gardens integrate art and nature. They show the human hand controlling nature’s will. Containers provide a blank slate to bring in color, sculptural elements, reflective qualities and art in garden design and lend themselves well to being decorated. They can bring panache to the understated garden. They are the gardener’s tool to sharpen a desired focal point and enliven and energize a garden without a lot of effort or long term commitment. Container gardens can often offer that finishing touch in the garden’s design. Restraint is in order so that the pots don’t become overdone or too cartoonish. I have photographed many of the planters in my own garden, included sources when available and added a some ideas captured on recent tours of local gardens. I hope you will find many ideas to inspire you and have fun with your garden planters. Think beyond the pot!
Nature inspires my holiday décor. I love the fresh scent of evergreens at my door throughout the winter months. This year I created a winter planter as a still life with a lantern, birch logs, pheasant feathers, 15 different varieties of evergreens, crimson winterberries, some ornaments and a pair of skates~winter motifs that can take us through the holidays and beyond. The evergreens were inexpensive and found in the yard and from cuttings at the local nursery, free for the asking. Having lost our red twig dogwood I painted branches I had in red acrylic paint for height and color. For stability, large arrangemnts such as this should be anchored in dirt or sand. This also allows for easier angulation of the plant material to suit your arrangement.