From stunning succulents to flowing grasses, we’re learning that, as container gardening evolves, almost anything will thrive in a container. That holds true for perennials in pots, as well. With literally hundreds of gorgeous perennials and grasses available for the planting, your options for creating the prettiest pots on the block are endless.
FOUR PRINCIPLES OF CONTAINER DESIGN
Great container gardens start with four principles for great design. Put them to work before you put any combo together, and you’re on the road to a winner.
- Use grasses for texture, form and color.
- Add flowering perennials for color, fragrance and utility.
- Choose the correct size pot for plantings. I almost always choose my plant combo first, and then select the pot.
- Finally, choose your color scheme. Are you going for bold contrast (such as orange and purple, fuchsia and yellow), harmonious color (like pastel blues and pinks) or monochromatic impact (pairing whites and greens for example)?
FOUR CONTAINER TRENDS
- Using native plants – they are their own trend and can stand alone.
- Mixing bold/vibrant colors – yellows/reds/vibrant purples, black and white, etc.
- Adding fragrance
- Creating “micro-eco systems” – butterflies/hummingbirds, edibles- veggies and herbs, children’s sensory gardens or fairy gardens
Here are a few containers we've put together to show you just a glimpse of the possibilities.
Pennisetum (fountain grass) combines nicely with the Sedum (stonecrop), below its cascading foliage.
Colocasia (elephant ears), cyperus (umbrella palm), and acorus (sweetflag) all share a love for water making this an easy care pot with no drainage holes.
Although most often used as a border or groundcover plant, verbena makes a great container specimen!
More than any other plant, we think that succulents lend themselves to creative and unique containers.
Miscanthus (japanese silver grass), echinacea (coneflower), and duranta offer a simple color palette, but a striking container.
Panicum (switch grass) stands tall offering a nice backdrop to the hibiscus and ajuga below.
We love this soft combination of pennisetum (fountain grass), carex sedge and gaillardia (blanket flower).
Combining height and formality with the easy going foliage of pennisetum (fountain grass) and schizachyrium (little bluestem) offers a stunning juxtaposition.