How To Design An Inviting Entrance Container Pot – Part 2
I had the great joy of attending the NW Flower & Garden Show last week. One of the seminars I attended was presented by Karen Chapman CPH, of Le Jardinet, Garden Designer.
The seminar Karen presented was, “The Squish Factor: Designing Abundant Containers,” on the DIY stage. She is an absolutely delightful presenter! With her charming British accent, and her friendly personality, she outlined the practice of really squishing in plants to your containers, making the resulting container full of color, shapes, and really eye catching. Needless to say, the attendance ended up being standing room only as we all watched and listened as she assembled various container examples.
As I listened and took notes, I started thinking about the simple entrance container I’d just assembled for my front porch, and blogged about recently. Thinking, “Hmmmmm…really could have done better with that one!” I came away determined to try and put some of Karen’s suggestions into practice.
First, a trip back to wonderful Bellevue Nursery. (This nursery, located on the eastside of the Seattle Metro area is quickly becoming a favorite of mine!) I purchased three more plants to fill in the gaps between the existing plants. As Karen says, keep squishing them in, you really CAN get more!
The plants added:
• Lamium, “Anne Greenaway” – part shade annual, with rosy lavender flowers, green leaves with golden edges.
• Hyacinth “Perl White” bulb. The one I added has one spike of white blooming now, with another one ready. I’ll have to replace this one soon, but it smells so nice by my front door now.
• Oxalis “Copper Glow” – Chartreuse foliage tinted with shades of copper. Small yellow flowers in summer.
Here’s the Before Karen, the Plants Added, and the After Karen photos. I can see my entrance container needs something with color on the right side, and the plants need to fill in a bit. The Hyacinth is blocking the Astelia now, and perhaps I should have planted it in center front instead. Certainly doesn’t look like one of Karen’s lovely containers I’m sure, but part of the fun of gardening is trying, and learning, isn’t it?
Thank you Karen, for the fun lesson, and inspiration!
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