Diamonds Are Good, But…

The containers I bring into my landscape are like a fine setting for whatever great jewels I have planned to set in them. The setting for a diamond, a pearl, or any precious stone is not only a support structure, but a feature of the design itself. Liken it if you will to the quintessential “Little Black Dress” of your wardrobe, without the fabulous shoes to go with it.

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Weeping Cedar centerpiece

When I am with a Personal Garden Coaching client and I am advising the use of a container anywhere, I am emphatic that the container they choose MUST be a style that they REALLY love. Because even when they are empty, a good-looking container can still be a statement piece of its own when placed well. An investment in your garden, long-term, a container will be with you like a great piece of furniture.

A well styled container can be as much a part of the overall design as anything else. It will be a supportive companion to a specimen plant. It can highlight a shape or textural difference. It can also be a vehicle for seasonal changes that brings interest to a bare area in winter.

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'Inaba Shidare' Japanese Maple

Winter in particular brings a huge opportunity to review your containers. Most places will have them on clearance and it gives you an opportunity to save money on making a style statement in your landscape.

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Pinus Strobus 'Pendula', Heuchera 'Caramel', Euphorbia 'Glacier Blue', Festival Grass

Though I am a girl who loves her jewels, I have to say, the setting says MUCH more about who I am and what I like.

3 thoughts on “Diamonds Are Good, But…

  1. You always have the most amazing pots & combinations! I would be afraid to put those plants together but absolutely LOVE how they turn out. You have a gift.

  2. Love the weeping cedar pot – I am so stealing that idea! It would not have occurred to me to put such a tall centerpiece in that shallow of a container.

    Thanks for pushing my boundaries!

  3. As always, your container combinations are gorgeous, imaginative and unusal. I love the advice that people should spend the time picking the setting. I can’t believe that I’ve gotten to a point in my life where I would pick a beautiful pot and plant over a piece of jewelry or new shoes any day of the week (did I really just say that? Even shoes????)

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