Balancing Your Potted Plant Display

All gardening is a glorified form of flower arranging; this is particularly true of potted displays, where you need to think about the look of the containers as well as the plants.

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Creating Symmetry

Potted plants are incredibly versatile. Use them as stage props, helping to offset and/or highlight major features such as this wirework gazebo (below). The symmetrical pots embellish its bare legs, but you could go further and use climbing roses to cover the roof, and morning glory (Ipomoea) twined up the front two posts.

White Gazebo with Garden UrnsEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Simple Steps to Success: Containers for Patios © 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Plants as Sculpture

Try copying the Chinese and Japanese and use a few beautiful, shapely plants to create an eye-catching picture.

Rhythm and Order

Repeat planting—and that applies to both containers and plants—has many advantages. It creates a formal, organized look, especially with topiary cubes and balls, and lends itself to echoes. Repeat planting can also propel the eye in a certain direction, either drawing attention to a display, or diverting the focus away from eyesores.

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Excerpted from Simple Steps: Containers for Patios

©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2007

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