Free Container Designs From Better Homes and Gardens

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You don’t have to have a green thumb or endless container garden know-how to create an impressive pot of blooms, all you have to know is the right place to look for inspiration! Better Homes and Gardens website is a great place to start looking for ideas when you hit a mental roadblock.  They have a rotating slide show of 30 recipes for beautiful container gardens ready for your perusal, with names and labels on each plant to help you.  The recipes feature plants that are tried and true, and that work well together in a container garden. The pictures can be printed out and taken with you to the garden center for easy matching, or a rough idea of what textures and heights to mix together.

Next time you need an idea or two check out their site for a little inspiration, I know I do!

A Coleus Container Garden For Partial Shade

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Coleus is a colorful annual that is great for brightening up your shady spots. It comes in dozens of different color variations, and it grows to be quite bushy in only a few weeks, so it makes a wonderful pot filler.

Ingredients:

  • One 24 inch pot
  • 2 Coleus Plants of differing varieties
  • 4-5 Blue Star Creeper plants
  • 4 Brown Faced Pansies
  • 2 Pale Spiked Lobelia

This design uses two varieties of Coleus, ‘Splish Splash’ on the right, and ‘Granny Smith’ on the left, to fill in the background of this container. The foreground of the pot is encircled with delicate ‘Blue Star Creeper,’ which is actually a groundcover that does a great job of filling in any open spaces around the edges. The mid-ground of the container is mixed with wide Brown Faced Pansies, and the delicately blooming Pale Spiked Lobelia.

Mixing Annuals and Perennials:

This idea like many others mixes annuals and perennials, which can allow you to change out the spent annuals seasonally to add fresh and relevant plants to your display every couple of months. Changing just a few flowers with the season can lend you a bit of continuity in your designs while giving you the option of adding fresh colors and textures cheaply depending on what is available in small sizes at your local nursery or grocery store. The Coleus, and Pansies in this pot are annuals, and will not return for you after the fall season – although the Pansies often self seed, and plant themselves in new spots. The the Lobelia is actually a North American native perennial, and will come back for you repeatedly, as will the Blue Star ‘Laurentia,’ which is not native.

Be sure to plant your flowers in a layer of compost or leaf mold, or add a time release fertilizer like  Ozmocote to guarantee fast growth, and lots of healthy blooms.

Fall/Autumn Container Garden Design Idea: Scarecrow #002

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I’ve said it before, but the fall is my favorite season, and I try and celebrate that fact uniquely in each artificial pot design I create. One thing I have learned, is that in order to create a visually believable decoration for a given season you don’t have to  bind yourself strictly to the artificial flowers and decorations that would naturally be in bloom, or the most appropriate at that specific time. For instance, a harvest themed container design like this may hold Sunflowers, Mums, and spring wildflowers in it that would never bloom at the same time in the real world- let alone all be looking perky for your Thanksgiving Dinner guests!  The key to making a variety of  flowers work together in your design is in deciding on a color palette before you begin, and choosing flowers, leaves, and accents that work together well in shape and visual feel.

In this design, the warm tones of the light orange sunflowers, work with the red tones in the grasses, mums, and autumn leaves in the pot.  I chose to use warm tones of brown, and purple to accent this, tying the harvest theme together. Since all of these flowers are associated with “informal” flower arrangements (as opposed to the formality of rose arrangements), they work well together, when grounded with overtly fall accents like the scarecrow, and the harvest leaf garland covering the dirt. I also chose to include a simple (and inexpensive) unfinished birdhouse from Michaels Crafts into this design to add a country feel to it!

I’m happy with this design! Stay tuned for more fall ideas coming soon!


Fall/Autumn Container Garden Design Idea: Scarecrow #001

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I try and mix it up from year to year, so the multitude of container gardens I maintain during the summer each have a completely new look for the fall. I often mix mediums, with live plants, miniature hay bales, gourds, and pumpkins, or various designs including weather-safe decorations. My goal is to make a new design for each and every pot that I decorate.

For this container idea, I wanted to create a scarecrow.  I opted for artificial flowers, and accessories. You can create this look with seasonal decorations from a craft store like Michaels Crafts.  The centerpiece I used is a quirky fall directional stake, with a painted slate door decoration propped up against it. To complete the harvest theme, I planted a mum in the back, with artificial wheat, apples, and “fall pics” (seasonal clusters of decorations on a floral wrapped wire base) to fill in around the side. I chose to opt out of dried flowers, and dried wheat heads for this location, since this design is in a location open to wind and rain, and the dried flowers rot quickly in those conditions.

Your Thoughts: Do you mix mediums in your seasonal pots?  Would you enjoy seeing more of this type of mixed design featured here at greengardenista?moz screenshot Fall/Autumn Container Garden Design Idea: Scarecrow #001

Container Garden #004: Topsy Turvy Container Idea

clayplanter5 225x300 Container Garden #004: Topsy Turvy Container IdeaKudos to the Gardens and Crafts website for their creative container idea the “Tipsy Pots“!  Always looking for new inspiration in container gardening, this charming planter idea is one I will have to try for myself this fall!  Perfect for displaying fall annuals, or keeping herbs up and out of the way of animals, this cute display is sure to charm your neighbors, and create a whimsical focal point in whatever section of the garden you choose to put it in.

Head over to gardensandcrafts.com to see step by step instructions on how to create this pot for yourself.  I’ll be putting photos up this fall to show my own variation of this planter design.

Special thanks to Ethan over at One Project Closer for sending me this link and giving me this great idea! I’ll post some pictures and a review of it when I do get around to playing with it!

Your Thoughts: Have you tried experimenting with container structures to enhance your garden, or do you prefer the clean lines of traditional container uses? Would you try the “tipsy pot” design?