Potted Plans: Taking the Guesswork out of Container Garden Design

I spotted something GENIUS at my local home improvement store the other day:

It’s a ready-to-plant container that takes the guesswork out of creating a colorful planter.  No need to mix and match various annuals to make your planters look like a pro job.  Just buy the one container and the plants are already arranged just so.  Easy!

The patio is really just a sad cement slab just outside of the sliding glass doors in the kitchen.  It’s going to stay this way until I can install a bigger, more welcoming outdoor entertaining area.  But at any rate, the planters on my back yard patio were really in need of a little spring cleaning.  I realize for many of you, that might not be an issue.  But I have a tight schedule, a black thumb, and allergies working against me.  So I’m exactly the kind of customer that can use ready made (thinkless) container setup.

The ugly truth: what the winter and a curious dog does to beautiful Homegoods planters.

After – what a little TLC and 5 minutes of no sneezing can do.

The larger planter was a little too big for one of these pre-made containers, but the garden center also had a three-step display for “thrillers” (the flowers that add height and the wow factor to the planter), “fillers” (name pretty much says it – fills the rest of the planter), and “spillers” (the plants that hang over the edge for a drape-y effect).  I grabbed three of the “thriller” kind and two of the leftover yellow salvia plants from my mailbox spruce-up project (which will probably post next week since I’ve yet to take after pictures).  It was slightly more work to get these guys in just the right spots, but I was still pleased with the look when I paired them with the smaller planter.

After spending the afternoon having a sneezing fit thanks to mowing and other yard cleanup (my eyes and nose have finally succumbed to what I call “the histamine hangover”), I was glad that I could end the day on a high note with something as easy as pot – plant – done.

containers

The striped yellow ones are called “Lemon Slice Superbells” – if there is a better plant name for spring and summer, I haven’t heard one.

planters with new flowers

I have a long way to go in terms of sprucing up the yard, but these annuals are a welcoming pick-me-up that took only minutes to change the very sad (and neglected) state of the planters outside to something much more cheerful.  More yard updates coming later this week!

Comments

  1. anna says

    I can’t find any info on the drop-n-bloom container things. Where did you find them?

    • Sarah says

      Thank you! Still taking the online photography classes and they are giving me the guts to try manual mode (link in my sidebar).

  2. says

    i have a neighbor who does a similar thing with plants in the ground.
    he just has holes in the garden that match the plastic pots from the plants, and sits them right in.
    then he mulches over top.
    at the end of the season, or when the plants die, he just pulls back the mulch, pulls out the pot, and tosses it, then puts in a new one.

    easy peasy lemon squeezy.

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