I'm not big into potted plants, but maybe I should be. There's something satisfying about having a garden 100% complete and only having to maintain it with a little watering and a smattering of organic fertilizer. Essentially a potted arrangement is just a simple miniature garden complete within itself. Of course you can get as complicated as the size of your pot allows, you can include bonsai, groundcovers, and of course the potter's adage "spillers, thrillers and chillers!" You can even include multiple pots together to make whole gardens of pots that blend with each other. Today I went simple and planted two identical pots with two contrasting colors: silver and burgundy.
For the burgundy I found two cordyline plants on the discount rack and paid a whopping $2 for both of them. For the silver I picked the old standard annual plant Dusty Miller. Old Dusty sometimes makes it through our winters. I even had one plant that survived two winters before finally succumbing to the winter cold. Together the silver and burgundy colors should make for an attractive entrance to our front porch once they fill out. the cordyline isn't hardy here (it likes zones 9-10) but should make a nice indoor plant if I can remember to bring it indoors when the weather changes. And to make my simple pot garden even cooler, I spent a grand total of $5.75 for 9 Dusty Miller plants and the two cordyline. It's hard to beat that!
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Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Simple Potting Arrangement for the Front Porch
Dave is the author of Growing The Home Garden and runs a small nursery business growing vegetables and herbs for local customers in Spring Hill, TN. (Blue Shed Gardens or FB page). He has written for gardening publications, Troy-Bilt, and Lowe's and is available for garden consultations. Dave gardens organically, is a Real Estate agent, and when he isn't writing, collecting seeds, or propagating plants he's parenting his 4 children as a stay at home dad.