So, what's the big deal about container gardening anyway and why do I love it? Three words: INSTANT CURB APPEAL. Container gardening is an easy, inexpensive way to create an attractive, welcoming first impression for your home or business. Custom containers gardens that match your style and personality will wow your friends and customers and offer beauty and a pop of color. And we all know the old saying, you don't get a second chance to make a first impression.
Are you in the market for new outdoor pots?
Now is the perfect time to shop while the selection is the best and the stores aren't busy with the spring gardening season.Three things to consider when selecting a container are style, size and material.
STYLE - As far as style goes, containers come in so many colors and shapes it can get overwhelming to choose one. You can really be as creative as you want, but above all else, make sure there is a drainage hole! Think about the style of your house when selecting your container so they coexist nicely. The picture above shows 4 container styles - contemporary, classic, formal and mediterranean. Contemporary containers have straight, clean lines or are sometimes cylindrical. Formal containers are often shaped like urns. Classic containers are equally deep and wide but are broader at the top than at the base. Mediterranean containers have a more casual look and are often blue glazed ceramic or terra-cotta.
SIZE - Your containers should be in proportion to the size of your house, especially if they are in the front. You can also try groupings of pots to increase the scale. Try to go larger rather than smaller if you can. Larger containers require less watering and there is more room for the roots to grow so your plants are happier.
MATERIAL - Boy, lots of choices here: cast iron, glazed ceramic, terra-cotta, resin and cast cement to name a few. Water evaporates more quickly from porous materials like terra-cotta than other materials like resin. I am a fan of resin because they are lightweight and are made to look just like stone, cast concrete or cast iron. You can also buy, or make, self-watering containers. Hope this provides a little direction if you are on the hunt for that perfect container.
Seasonal decor in pots - why not?
I don't know about you, but I really miss COLOR in my outdoor planters. Why not add some cute, colorful Valentines decor to brighten things up? I added some sweet red hearts to my window box and it's pretty festive. By the time Easter rolls around, it will be warm enough for flowers to survive in our outdoor pots, but you can always add some Easter decor too. My favorite seasons to add decor are fall and Christmas. I love adding pumpkins to my pots in the fall, sadly sometimes the squirrels love it also. Fun decor options for holiday pots are pinecones, berries, red twig dogwood sticks and ornaments. Be creative and have fun with it!
Let Adorn help you
Do you love a pretty front porch or store front but don't have the time to do it yourself? Let Adorn add seasonal flowers and plants to your outdoor pots this spring. Adorn offers seasonal or one-time custom container garden installation. We will start planting for the spring in mid-April and would love to help you create an amazing first impression with your outdoor space.
Curb appeal shout out!
Morgan, the fabulous Owner of Green Bambino, contacted me over a year ago asking for help with outdoor pots at her store. Initially she needed new pots so I helped her find two planters that were just the right size and shape for her store front. I change out the plants and flowers on a seasonal basis and visit monthly to make sure they always look their best. Morgan recently shared this with me, which warmed my heart. "Having you take care of this has taken a load off my plate and makes me smile every time I go past the planters." Morgan understands that her customers' experience begins before they even enter her store. I so appreciate her love of curb appeal.
Green Bambino is OKC's #1 natural parenting resource, providing parents in our community with simple, affordable, responsible resources they need to be more thoughtful in their parenting and family lifestyle. They have a great selection selection of sustainable & eco-friendly products. The store is a hub for expert parenting education and natural-living information and a welcoming space for support, encouragement and community engagement. They are located at 5120 N. Shartel Avenue and can be reached at 405-848-2330 and www.green-bambino.com. Green Bambino is a locally owned store and an asset to our community, go see Morgan and support small business.