My favorite season is Spring – the dead earth is revived, baby animals are born, and the weather is just amazing! Here in Dallas, we’ve been having a pleasant spring with occasional bouts of rain. I never really cared for gardening, but this year, I decided would try to spruce up the front of our home. I had some planters that were sitting empty and thought I would plant my own flowers in there. I wanted it to look interesting so I browsed the Internet for some ideas. Check out these gorgeous flower combinations:
Southern Living Spectacular Container Gardening Ideas
Midwest Living 30 Beautiful Container Gardens
The more I browsed online, the more excited I got. “I can do this!”, I thought. I quickly made a trip to Home Depot, picked up a bag of Miracle Grow potting soil and walked around the flower section. I had no idea which flowers I wanted. Looking at the pictures, I knew I wanted something with varying dimension: a row of greens that spill over the container, a row of flowers that stay at ground level, and some tall flowers.
According to Garderners.com, planters look best when you combine plants with three different habits:
- Vertical, such as phormium, canna, calla pennisetum or upright fuchsia (Fuchsia triphylla ‘Gartenmeister Bonstedt’)
- Horizontal or weaving, such as heliotrope, osteospermum, petunia, coleus or impatiens
- Cascading, such as nemesia, helichrysum, ipomea or callibrachoa.
I ended up with this:
I was pretty proud of myself for making my own planter and happy the colors went well together 🙂 Sure, I could have bought a ready-made planter but it’s fun to put your own thought into it and make it yourself.
In case you’re wondering, the plants I used were:
* Creeping Jenny
* Salvia Blue
* random purple and yellow perennials (Forgot to save the tag)
Even if you have no experience gardening, give it a go….get some inspiration and make a trip to the flower store. You might surprise yourself 🙂 Happy Gardening!
P.S. My next project is planting some herbs, stay tuned!
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