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Garden Topics: Tips for Groupings - Container Gardens

Build A Vignette

Start with a large container, of least 20 inches in diameter, and build a vignette of smaller pots around it. It takes a minimum of three pots to make a good grouping. The combination will often look best when the pots are similar shape, but different in size.

Group Several Pots of Similar Style

 Too often a single pot simply isn't large enough to appear in balance to its location. But group several pots of similar style together, and they create enough impact to garner the attention they deserve.

Maintain A Consistent Style

As mentioned above, use pots that look alike such as all terra-cotta or all concrete, to maintain a consistent style. Light weight containers that mimic natural materials are fine alongside the real thing. It's the look of the container that counts, not what it's made of.  

Create Depth

For maximum interest, and to create depth, try groups of three, five, or 7 different sized containers - for example, plant one or two large pots with tall dramatic plants (Thrillers) that are 2 or 3 feet or more tall. Next, plant two or three mid-sized planters containing 18” rounded plants, (Fillers). Smaller containers planted with a filigree of various cascading plants (Spillers) finish the grouping. When grouped, these plants will give a three-dimensional look to your mini garden

Colorful Containers - Be Careful

Be careful with colorful containers, where more is not necessarily better. Too many colors can be distracting.  A good rule of thumb is to select containers that would look good together even if they were empty. 

Combine and Contrast Color

The idea is to combine and contrast color, texture and varying heights in a grouping of containers.  Don't create an abrupt change in height.  Transition in nature is gradual.

Quick-and-Easy Changes

Keep things looking fresh with quick-and-easy changes by slipping new acquisitions into the grouping.

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