I love container gardening. Little oasis's of color that I can move and arrange to my hearts delight. The February and March issues of Southern living have been full of wonderful ideas for this spring season. I've torn out most of the pages out of both issues and taken them with me to Lowes this week to start planning.
There are many advantages to living in a town where four colleges also call their home but one of the disadvantages is when your choosing planting colors to not look like your screaming your allegiance to one of them. If I plant all purple and yellow flowers I am a JMU alumni. (which I am but that's beside the point) Planting red and gold flowers and I am a Bridgewater College alumni. (which I also am) While I am proud of both colleges I would prefer my yard to to not reflect them.
With that being said I have decided on orange and purple combinations. The snapdragon arrangement above is a burst of color I am in love with.
I also like the tulip and english daisy container garden in the February 2012 issue (that I cannot find a picture of...so sorry!)
When I begin potting I usually set aside three large pots to plant palm trees in and place one on the front porch, back deck and under the deck. They exude a tropical feeling when the summer breeze blows thru them. The downside to this is that they do not like cold weather and the one time I brought them inside for the winter I neglected them and they did not survive. This year I am going to change it up and plant ornamental grasses.
I will still get the tropical feeling that can survive the colder temperatures.
This is the picture that gave me the idea for potting ornamental grasses. I picked up the outdoor living catalog from our local Lowes.
Spring is coming...I can't wait!