The folly was invented to build "new" ruins into 18th century English landscape gardens. Copies of Roman temples and tumbled castle walls brought romance of the ancient world into the modern one. This same idea can bring a sense of history or perhaps just a feel for the ancient to new landscapes as well.
Offered in unique sizes, shapes colors and finishes, concrete pots and planters from Hart Concrete Design bring artistry into the garden.
Avid container gardeners know that the shape, size and style of a pot or planter can make a design statement as bold and distinctive as the mélange of plants grown within. Yet while most garden centers offer a broad array of flora to choose from, their selection of pots, most of which are mass produced, is limited and uninspiring.
Don't think of containers as mini-gardens for the simple-minded. They're as complicated as they are chic — and worth every minute of your effort. Once you've sorted through the complexities of drainage, soil mixes and fertilizers, containers become tools for design. On the pages that follow, we'll share some of our favorite ways to bring fresh style to your garden with plants we love, matchmaking principles for pots and plants, color themes that work, tips on using planters as design features, and cheater's guides to getting the most out of your pots.
Nothing brings new life to a fading midsummer garden like some fresh container plantings. Try these "recipes" for plant combinations created by Seattle landscape designers Glenn Withey and Charles Price.
MIX AND MATCH
Vary the pots, vary the plants. See what looks good to you. In one example, reddish and white petunias spill from pots. Tall dark coleus offers foliage in complementary shades.
'Black Magic' Elephant Ears (Colocasia): Big tropical leaves. Goes with almost anything in a container. Perennial in mild climates.
The front of Saipua, the flower shop owned by Sarah Ryhanen, in Red Hook, a district in Brooklyn, New York.