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Spring into a Container Garden

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

Okay, perhaps that’s a corny title, but you get the idea…it’s Spring! Time to get going on what we do best here at Potted, Container Gardening. I thought I’d share some ideas of ones we’ve either done at the store or for a client or in our own homes to get your creative juices flowing (and get you all ready for the new That’s So Potted Contest coming up very soon).

Usually when people think of container gardening for edibles, they think of raised beds like the Mini Farm Boxes we sell online. And while I love my raised bed, I like using colorful pots like these to add visual interest in my garden as well as growing items that might not play nice in the the larger bed (like mint, anyone? I have three difference pots with three different kinds of mint). Actually big bowls like this are perfect for lettuce too as you can easily move it to keep these delicate leafy greens from getting too much sun. These two bowls actually got featured in a segment on NBC News featuring Sunset Magazine’s New Western Gardening Book so they look extra special.

And don’t be afraid to pair edibles with flowers, which work especially well to attract bees for pollination. And use my trick…I always photograph whatever seeds I’ve put into a container so I remember later. We sell Baker Creek Seeds which if you ever get a chance to go to Petaluma, California has the most amazing literal Seed Bank I’ve ever seen. Check out my blog post from last year if you’re curious.

But of course, what we really love at Potted is succulents and cactus. This little Lava Stone Pot is crammed full of echeverias and sits prettily against a stucco wall.

And here is a Geo Planter from designer Kelly Lamb that we are now carrying in the store and online. This beautiful pot also comes in a hanging version and we are really excited to be featuring them at Potted.

This Julius Planter is an elegant abode for the sculptural Squid Agave.

And this bowl has made me happy for years. When the Aeoniums get too tall and the bowl becomes ungainly, I just break them off and put them back in so the bowl keeps its shape.

The soft pink of this Afterglow pops against the black pot it lives in.

Color can be used either with the plants or with the pots, as with this grouping that uses all blue pots and even goes so far as to put in the blue bottles.

And the yellows flowers from these Echeverias match beautifully with this yellow pot.

Here’s a grouping of yellow and chartreuse pots. Keeping containers in one or two colors gives you a strong sense of design.

This pot by Champa Ceramics is planted with a Leucadendron and a Ruffled Echeveria. By choosing plants that grow up instead of cascading down, you don’t cover the beautiful design on this gorgeous pot.

Here we planted an Orinoco Bowl with succulents and pieces of slate so you could use it as a table too.

And last but not least, here is an old fountain basin I’ve planted with dwarf Mondo Grass that can be used as a seat. I got the idea from our good friend designer Dustin Gimbel who made his lawn chair out of St. Augustine Grass and I thought it was such a cool idea I had to try to make one of my own (plus he gave me a bunch of dwarf Mondo Grass too!)

If you want some more info about container gardening, you might want to check out these sites or blogs:

Urban Sustainable Living

Container Gardening Videos from Life on The Balcony

A Potted Herb Garden

Happy Spring!