Monday, April 6, 2009

Potted Plants = Container Garden

Planted pots look great just about anywhere! They can brighten up an entrance.


Mark an entrance to a pathway.


Add interest to a blank wall.


They look great in groupings.



They can add much needed color.


Photo and Design by ABHL

They look good in repetitive formation.



Photo by Malcolm Bull


They make a great way to end a wall.


Or mark or accentuate a corner.


They can be very artistic.


And brighten up a dull spot.


They can provide color where it is needed.

Photo by Gertrude K.

Link one space to another.




Photo and Design by ABHL

They can soften.


Finally, potted plants can act as focal point or centerpiece.

Hamilton Gardens

In fact, they can be used just about anywhere for most any purpose. Here is an entire garden display made with potted plants.

Their versatility is unlimited!

Just like in any other design, you’ll want to choose plants that add to the composition instead of detracting from it. Pick plants of varying heights, color, texture and form when using more than one species in the same container. This will provide much greater interest.

Also, consider the use of the planted pot and how it is to work in the context of the space where it is to be placed. This will help guide you in picking the right container and the right plants. Remember that form, line, color and texture are the elements that tie a design together.

To learn how to plant and grow a container garden, go Here. And to learn how to care for them, go Here.


  1. I absolutely love the look of potted plants..., almost bought a few pots for the porch, but then passed... some flowers here and there will do...,to keep cost down for now.

  2. Lots of wonderful inspiration. I like the one in the middle of the bamboo best.

  3. GREAT collection of potted plants!

  4. Stunning pictures. Wish my container garden looked like some of those.

  5. I'm having to be very budget aware this summer and since my garden is pretty established ( minus a few things that need to be moved about asap ) I've decided just to focus on creating a few beautiful container gardens to add a little special touch this year... wow! what a line up of inspiration. I'm ready to run to the nursery right now!!!!

  6. Thanks for all the planting ideas. I think I just found the perfect solution to spruce up the big empty wall next to the backyard deck!!

    I'm planning to spray paint some planters this weekend. Won't be able to actually put them to use till the end of May, but at least they'll be good to go when the time comes :-)

    Kelly @ DesignTies

  7. I wanted to comment before but all those pictures just wore me out. But that's a good thing. I don't think you can own enough urns. We're even using two urns as nightstands topped with a piece of glass from Pier One. One day, they'll be outside loaded with dirt.

    Atlanta has an amazing urn store near Peachtree Dekalb Airport. It's huge and worth a visit just for entertainment.

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  10. These are absolutely beautiful examples of container gardens! Lovely post.

  11. I actually enjoyed reading through this posting.Many thanks.

  12. First off... Great pics!
    I am an avid user of potted plants, however I came across a problem with my Plumaria which constantly needed a stick because it was top heavy and after a while it broke part of the roots. So I came up with this and if you are into potted plants and want them to stand upright(instead of leaning) it is called Plantstay
    check it out. It is like a paper-clip for potted plants.


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