Yes, it’s been a while, but pardon us, we’ve been out shopping and planting…and shopping and planting…Oh, what fun it is!!!
It’s still a good time to plant, so if your planters look a little sad from all this rain we’ve had, there’s time to fix them up for the summer! And now, you can find some good deals in the nurseries!
We shop for hundreds of planters every summer and with that kind of volume, we have to be able to make beautiful designs without thinking too much. The same design works with all sizes of pots, sun or shade…so it works for everyone!!
Before we get to that exactly, let’s talk a little about where to shop for your plants. I cannot stress enough how important it is for you to use quality materials for good success. It is fine to shop for tropical plants such as Palms and Sansevieria at your big box stores, but when it comes to the flowers, go to a nursery. This is why. Home Depot and Walmart are known for their cheap prices, right? In order for them to be able to sell at those low prices, they have to get materials at lower prices. The only way a grower can sell at a lower price is to grow a cheaper product. Hence, they sell lower quality plants…plants that don’t produce as many flowers…and plants that do not stay healthy all season.
That said, there are lots of growers out there and one in particular that I have come to trust. You’ve probably heard of them…Proven Winners. These plants are some of the best plants out there. They’ve been genetically produced to give us what we want…more blooms over the entire summer with resistance to diseases. These plants are found primarily at nurseries, but I have also seen a few odd places that carry them. You are safe to purchase these anywhere!
This year, I’ve asked them to write on my blog. If you’re interested in reading it, here’s a link to it…Proven Winners
Now on to the design…We call it our Threesome!
First, select a tropical that will serve as the thriller, or main plant, in the pot. If you want super easy, use a Bird of Paradise, Sanseveria or a Majesty Palm. While they don’t bloom (The Birds don’t bloom in areas that have 4 seasons!), they’ll give your planter that height and fullness that it needs. All of these plants are good in sun or shade!
For the next part, you do have to know whether your planter will be in the sun or shade so you shop in the correct department at the nursery (I cover this thoroughly in my book!) Go to the appropriate section of the nursery…Sun Annuals or Shade Annuals.
Look for 2 or 3 plants that look good together (I also cover color selection in my book!). Don’t be afraid to add plants that just provide texture without color. They can be amazing!
Get 3 of each and plant these around the thriller in an alternating pattern. And Voila!!!
Need some ideas? Try these…