Vibrant and full containers full of flowers will give your home a welcoming feel. Chris says not to be shy; the bigger the container, the better. Use good potting soil and then collect an assortment of different and interesting plants.
There are no rules. Pick what you like as long as you know it will tolerate your light conditions. If you have large areas, then create your own planter. Chris constructed big planters out of 2 inch x 12 inch treated timbers. An assortment of tropical plants and a homemade bamboo trellis help add drama to a timber planter.
If you want your pots to look great all summer, then make sure you fertilize with any all purpose fertilizer. Regular feedings will make a big difference on how lush and big your plants will grow this season. Remember consistent watering is very important.
When it comes to picking out the perfect container for your patio or inside your home - Chris says not to be shy, and to use a pot that has a little bit of color in it. He suggests a burnt orange or maybe an apple green.
Apple green goes with many other colors like burgundy and golds and looks good with a contemporary or a traditional feel. Chris advises to mix and match great-looking plants that will go in these containers.
You can also get big containers. A Greek jar sitting at the front door with bamboo coming out of it says somebody here has great taste. Chris says big containers can be used even in flower beds. A lime green jar sitting in the middle of an otherwise boring garden captures your attention and then, it brings you down into the landscape and lets you view the different types of plants.
Now, if you are using other types of containers that are basically more of a neutral color, Chris says it becomes important with what type of plant material you put in there - make sure you put cascading plants that are full of lush color and give a lot of interest and texture.
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