Flower Pot Ideas

I love garden containers, especially for our porch, patio and between garage stalls, but I never knew how to arrange them.

In the past, I would tend to throw a few things in my pots that would inevitably die just weeks later. Little did I know these fun tips for garden containers.

I wish I would have known then what I know now! So much time and effort was wasted before I understood that a few simple tricks would take my containers to a whole new level!

The best secret of all? Always keep the mantra of “thriller, filler and spiller” at the front of your mind when designing. This means a taller piece, a filler piece, and some soft draping blooms to come out over the edge. It’s this combination of flowers that will always create a spectacular display!

The Best Flower Pot Arrangements A Guide To Striking Designs With Plants And Planters

The Sun is out and the birds are singing. The front porch has the early morning light. Things are looking up. Looking out the window gives the first light for the gardens that are springing up all around your home. All kinds of gardens are being set up, such as backyards, balcony planters. Even the front door is looking good in some places!

These gardens have some wonderful flower arrangements and the sweet smell of seasonal bloom. Somehow, you seem to be living in an area full of professional florists! Houses around have the most incredible floral beauty. Even more incredibly, their style of planters and foliage has made your place look like a desolate barren land.

No worries any longer. We’ll show a few tips on how to arrange your flower pot, container and planters. We’ll also show you how to maximise colour and texture with planter arrangements. We’ll show you how to display flowers in the Sun and shade. We’ll look at styles and effective display techniques around the house. Basically, it’s a mix of advice here. Firstly, we show you how to arrange foliage in pots. After that, we’ll look at planter arrangements within any space. Your garden will start looking lovely in no time at all!

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14. Fence garden

A fence garden is the best thing to brighten up your yard. Drill some holes on your fence and you can arrange some vertical planters there. A few pretty hooks also help to hold your flower baskets. 

If you don’t want any holes on your fence, place a ladder anywhere along your fence. Then you can try arranging some small pots on the ladder. 

Brightly colored summer wild frowers in garden @
Brightly colored summer wild frowers in garden @ JerryB7 / Getty Images

Climbing and trailing plants such as vines, roses, or hedgerow shrubs are also a good choice to decorate your fence. You can also grow some colorful foliage or flowers in filler or horizontal pots to add a zestful, summer vibe.

The Most Important Step: Fertilize And Fertilize Again

That’s it. When practiced regularly, this is the one simple tip that will significantly improve the performance and appearance of your planters and containers.

The addition of a slow-release fertilizer is always a good idea, and every planting should be finished off with granules that will feed slowly. A better idea is to give your containers a diluted drink of water-soluble fertilizer every two weeks, and even weekly for small pots that require frequent watering.Every time a container is watered correctly, to the point of water coming from the drainage holes, it flushes nutrients out of the pot and away from the roots. This is problematic…

The reason is simple. Every time a container is watered correctly, to the point of water coming from the drainage holes, it flushes nutrients out of the pot and away from the roots. This is problematic, because unlike plants grown in the ground that can expand to find food, the roots are limited to an area within the container walls, with no access to fresh dirt and nutrition.

The answer is to supplement with a diluted solution of an all-purpose, water-soluble fertilizer on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. A general purpose fertilizer of 24-8-16 will maintain and feed your plants in pretty much any environment, but specific formulas may be selected to cater specifically to your chosen plantings.

Quick and easy, just as tips and tricks should be!

Create a Monochromatic Grouping

One easy way to create a cohesive container garden is to choose plants with a similar color palette. For this grouping, shades of red and dark pink are used to add brightness and color to a plain patio. Tall, dark pink cordyline makes a nice focal point in the back, while burgundy heuchera and red caladium fill in the front. Smaller corydlines echo the color and shape of their larger cousin. The 'Aloha Kona Hot Orange' calibrachoa flowers pick up the reds and yellows in the foliage around them.

If you don't have planters that are different heights, you can still elevate some of your pots in the back by stacking them on a cinderblock, an upside-down pot, or even on steps if you're arranging the containers on your porch. This also gives you more options for rearranging the containers, because you can swap out which pot is elevated above the rest. Using neutral planter colors and styles keeps the focus on your brightly colored plants. Try to use an odd number of containers; this will make the group more pleasing to the eye.

tropical grouping of houseplants in containers Credit: Joseph Wanek

What did I plant?

Black pearl ornamental pepper, Mambo ornamental pe
Black pearl ornamental pepper, Mambo ornamental pepper bush, Celosia twisted Orange, Jade princess Millet

From left to right, here are my fall container arrangement plant choices:

  1. Black pearl ornamental pepper Capsicum annuum black pearl
  2. Mambo ornamental pepper bush Capsicum annuum Mambo
  3. Celosia twisted Orange Cockscomb Celosia argentea var. cristata ‘Twisted Orange’
  4. Jade princess Millet Pennisetum glaucum ‘Jade Princess’

2. Choose a color palette for your container

Following a color palette is usually a must in design to enhance harmony and balance. Having a color palette in your mind can ease the pain when you shop for new planters. You can decide this based on your preference, or based on the color of the plants you have in your home gardens. 

Colorful planters in Rabat @ Wim van ‘t Eind
Colorful planters in Rabat @ Wim van ‘t Einde / Unsplash

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FAQs About Potted Plants

How do you group plants in pots? Before grouping plants in a pot, the first thing to consider is whether the plants all have the same requirements. For instance, you should consider exposure to sunlight and other factors like water requirements and soil type. Now, if they have the same requirements and you choose completely different plants, there is no problem as long as all of them are visible from various angles. What do you put under potted plants? To avoid the potted plants from staining your patio while watering, you should place a saucer with a layer of pebbles to allow the pot to drain freely. This will help you avoid expensive patio repairs. How do I protect my patio from planters? For metal planters, seal them with rust-inhibitor sprays to prevent them from staining your patio. While you can place the small planters on a drip tray or stands, protect your patio but also don’t forget to protect your plant by ensuring it has a proper drainage

 When it comes to building a stunning patio with potted plants, there are no written restrictions; you are free to use your wildest ideas. Furthermore, individuality is what draws the most attention.

A gorgeous potted plant on your patio is usually difficult to go wrong with. However, there are a few basic recommendations in this article that can ensure you have a beautiful patio in no time when combined with your imagination.

Keep in mind that the most beautiful outdoor area is created via imagination, but let this post on how to arrange potted plants on a patio guide you to perfection.

Group in Planters

When deciding which plants to purchase, consider buying multiple varieties of the same species group. For example, pick several kinds of petunias, a few vegetable plants, and/or a collection of ferns. Then buy planters that are large enough to grow similar plants together.

This provides clean lines and creates visual groups, which will give your garden a look of order. You could also add a flower planter as an accent to an existing in-ground vegetable garden, thus bringing beneficial pollinators, like bees, to increase the overall plant wellness.

You can also try improving the visual appeal by increasing the height of your garden; try adding a third dimension to a flat garden arrangement with hanging planters, experimenting with low-hanging vines in overhead planters and brightly colored flower pots that hang at eye level.

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