Design Issue Dos And Don'ts
Container issues that will affect the beauty of your plant
- Pay attention to the foliage as well as the flowers - foliage is actually more important since it is always there while plants go in and out of flower.
- Choose a mix of colored, variegated, and green foliage for year-long interest.
- Plant a balance of textures - broad leaves, fine leaves, smooth and lacy ones.
- Pay attention to heights, varying them for interest from tall to trailing.
- Experiment with containers using different varieties and colors of a single plant. Geraniums, for instance, can give you variety in both color and form if you try several varieties.
- Try new and unfamiliar plants. Container gardening is a great way to learn about them.
- Choose flowers with different forms - daisy-like, trumpet shaped or plumed - for textural interest.
- Try this simple formula for interesting container design - tall plant, medium rounded plants, short, trailing plants.
- Be afraid to use a base of perennials, changing your annual plants seasonally.
- Be afraid to experiment. If you don't like it you can always change it.
- Mix too many variegated plants - your container will look confused and chaotic.