09 Feb Filling Up with Pots2Go
As you all know, I love container gardens. I have moved a bunch in my life and right now, nothing feels quite permanent. Container gardens help me in many ways. They help because sometimes I need to pack up and move. And they also help me still garden with a back injury because with potting soil, etc., there aren’t as many weeds to keep up on. I even grow most of my vegetables in my containers.
I recently met with Kelli Curtis from Pots2Go. Kelli is a horticulturist who has honed in her gardening skills to make beautiful pots. I am convinced that this is an art form in itself. I wish I had the talent that she has to create them because each pot is truly a picture all on its own. And Kelli says that the plants must not only compliment the other plants, but also the pot itself! Wow-what a challenge to take all of that into consideration along with our climate as well. I know for sure I couldn’t do all of that.
Fortunately, I don’t have to. Part of good gardening, of course, is to use the resources around us. Be glad that I did not try to “reinvent the wheel” on this one.
Kelli provided us with some tips on how to choose colors for a pot:
- Understand the importance of color. People respond emotionally to color.
- Choose color based on favorites, what is already in the landscape and the colors already used in interior design.
- Either use a monochromatic scheme that uses shades of the same color or vibrant contrasting color schemes that play with the color wheel.
- Don’t use more than three colors in a pot (not counting green). Even better, use only two.
And some tips on filling the pots:
- Select pots first that work well with the home’s color scheme and architecture.
- Choose plants that play off the colors of the pot.
- Experiment with leaf texture, structure and contrast.
- Take other plants into consideration so that they all blend.
You can see Kelli’s display at the show in the Container Garden Area over the skybridge.
Thanks Kelli! You rock!