As I don't have a front garden as such, all tarmacadam.

I am trying to grow plants in containers. Could anyone advise me as best to display?
  11 answers
  • Ouina Ouina on Jul 10, 2015
    I take it that you want beautiful display of plants in pots? If so, the following are some tips... Design elements to think about are shape, height, width, color, texture, scale, and scent when picking out pots as well as plants. The pot height should be 1/3 the height of your tallest plant you are using in the pot (for scale). Use complimentary color plants (including grasses and variegated, non-flowering plants). Use odd-numbered groups of plants - nature does not use even numbers. And finally, use the "thriller, spiller, filler" concept when selecting plants to use in a pot. Thriller - the focal point of your pot, spiller - a vine or trailing plant, and filler - the complimentary plant(s) that fill in the spaces. You can also put a single plant to a pot but group your pots to compliment and achieve the same look. Google designing potted plants and you will find a lot of information and photos to see how it's done. Also, google how to plant as you don't want all your carefully chosen plants to die due to over/under watering issues. I hope this helps and is not too confusing. Lots of luck and post pictures!
    • Linda Hunt Linda Hunt on Jul 11, 2015
      @Ouina Thank from this Canadian!! I followed this question because I need guidance myself, lol!!!! Two of us benefit from the same question. My first time clipping an answer…
  • Kimberly Saxton Scruggs Kimberly Saxton Scruggs on Jul 11, 2015
    Ouina is spot on, as they say. One little tip, if you don't know already: I use coffee filters in the bottom of my pots in place of stones or broken pottery to keep the potting soil from washing out when watering. Ahi.e back, think I may have seen it on TV, if you have a very large pot/ container: the problem lies in how much potting soil/ medium you have to use (buy) to fill it up! Solution- use those packing peanuts that can't be recycled. You can fill 1/3 - 1/2(?) way, then finish of with the potting soil. You could use other fillers as long as they allow water to filter through. I've even seen crushed soda cans. Maybe others reading this have some more or better ideas that would save you having to buy or use so much potting medium to fill a large container. It would make it easier to move, too. Oh, one last thing: you can use art in you potting arrangements, I.e.: a piece of sculpture, a ceramic, metal or clay animal, the list is endless. Show your personality and don't clutter. Think of this as you outdoor foyer. What people see by your front entry, will give them an idea who you are and what to expect inside your home. Good luck!
  • Cynthia Cynthia on Jul 11, 2015
    Any size got will do~ Pop a spike in the middle, tuberous begoinia or geranium, or your fav~ in any color, and a sweet potato vine that will trail to the bottom of the pot and beyond. They call this the thriller, spiller, and filler method! You will have beautiful pots. Choose colors opposite each other on the color wheel, or your favorites. Throw some rocks, pebbles, etc into the bottom of your pot with some good potting soil and you will have a gorgeous pot. Choose plants according to the sunlight they will get and will need to thrive~ good luck
  • Lisa Gage Lisa Gage on Jul 11, 2015
    I am a renter for this year and made sure to put whole garden above the ground. It has been so fun and different to do this. Even my veggie's arin in smart pots this year. Saves water and I can move them anytime I want!
  • Nancee Nancee on Jul 11, 2015
    If you have room on your steps, put your pots on different steps for height variety. Petunias love to be packed in tight and in dark-colored pots for the warmth. Just remember to pick off the dead flowers so you keep getting lots more!
  • Ann Ann on Jul 11, 2015
    98% of my flowers are in pots. I use a baby diaper in the bottom of each planter to help retain moisture. I move them around each spring for a fresh look.
  • Mary Ker Mary Ker on Jul 11, 2015
    A pic of your front might make the suggestions more helpful
  • Funnygirl Funnygirl on Jul 11, 2015
    I have been told coffee shops will sell their leftover coffee bags for a very reasonable price.They would make great planters.I would raise them off a wood deck for good drainage and so they do not not rot the wood,with some bricks.
  • Margaret Morey Margaret Morey on Jul 11, 2015
    You can vary the heights of your containers by using bricks or upturned pots to put your planted containers on. The different heights adds to the visual interest, and ensures that all your containers can be seen, not hidden behind a larger container. Also, do you have a wall that you can plant "up"? Vertical gardens are very trendy right now.
  • Beve Falley Beve Falley on Jul 12, 2015
    I've been trying to adjust to a condo for 8 years. One thing I have found out is that it pays off to make a plan and not skimp (cheap) on the containers. Once you have your containers where you want them it will be a joy to plant. :)
  • Lori Bernards Lori Bernards on Jul 13, 2015
    I have a very small area to plant also so I have lots of containers. What I have done is group them in colors. Used lots of thrift store containers and painted others. You cant go wrong. Just enjoy...;)