How To Design An Inviting Entrance Container Pot
I’ve been needing a new entrance container pot for my front porch. I’d finally found the perfect red pot, one that was tall enough to provide a splash of color, without being in the way of easy entrance and exit through our front door. I choose red because it would stand out from the dark brown house paint color, plus I use red as a strong accent color inside my home, and wanted to start the color theme at the front door for my visitors.
Using the basics of successful container design, I selected four plants at the fabulous Bellevue Nursery located in Bellevue, Washington. Even in early February they have a great selection for containers.
As a reminder, here are the three basic design ingredients for successful planting of a container:
– A Thriller – The attention grabbing plant.
– The Filler – Complements the thriller, but doesn’t compete too much for attention (this may be one or more plants).
– The Spiller – A plant that will spill over the edges of the container and add an accent.
For my selection, I chose the following:
• THRILLER: Goldcrest Wilma Cupressus Macrocarpa) for it’s height, golden foliage, and a conifer, so it will stay evergreen throughout the seasons. It can reach a larger size, so at some point I may move this plant into my yard.
• FILLER: Silver Red Mountain Astelia (Astelia nervosa ‘Westland’), an evergreen perennial that comes from New Zealand. Easy to grow in containers. Provides a nice color.
• MORE FILLER: Heuchera Marvelous Marble, with purple leaves which will turn to green with dark veins. May get white bell-shaped flowers. Very hardy. Also a good candidate to transplant to my yard as it outgrows the container space over time.
• SPILLER: Varigated Ivy – A good basic spiller in a lighter color to accent the Goldcrest’s bright green.
I made sure to crowd the plants in, so the container looks full. You don’t want too much space in a container planting.
Here, the results! It will be fun to see how the plants I selected fill in over the next few months.
Some tips for keeping your planters looking their best:
• Keep them watered regularly, but don’t over soak them. Make sure the pot allows good drainage.
• Every 2-3 weeks during the growing season, provide a feeding with diluted fertilizer. You might want to try out Annie’s Soil Conditioner!
• If you have access to a saucer for your container pot, you can utilize a Smart Soil Separator from Nature’s Footprint. It is placed in the bottom of the pot, and then your soil and plants are placed over it. You place water into the saucer, and the plant will draw up water from the reservoir in the bottom of the pot.
• Trim off any brown leaves or flowers occasionally, to keep your entrance container looking its best!
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