Nothing adds curb appeal quite like a lush flower pot cascading down the front steps of a porch! While all flowers are beautiful, there is definitely an art to arranging a container!
Before choosing flowers for your pot, first and foremost it is important to know what will grow in your area. Most flowers fall into 3 basic categories: full sun, part sun, or shade. You also need to determine whether or not you want to purchase perennials, plants that live year round or come back every year, or annuals, flowers that are seasonal and do not come back year after year. (I'm going to do a post on Texas Native perennials and annuals soon, but today I'm focusing on the art of arranging pots!)
Like any piece of art, texture, color, value, line, space, and composition are extremely important when arranging flowers. When choosing flowers, I like to focus on texture, color, and composition.
Your color pallet will depend on personal preference, but I tend to work in color families (shades of blue, shades of pink, etc...) or warm/cool color pallets (red/yellow/orange/pink or blue/green/purple/white. If you want your arrangement to pop, look for flowers that contrast with the background color. For example, my house is a grey tone, if I want the flowers to pop, I would need to choose warm colored flowers. If I wanted the flowers to blend with my home, I would need to choose cool tones as grey is a cool tone.
To me, texture is one of the most important elements. If you choose items that are all the same texture, each item is lost to the group. You want each item to stand out, so its best to mix a variety of textures within your pot. For example, in this post I use Angelonia, Vinca, and Sweet Potato Vine to create the pots for Stella's playhouse porch. Angelonia is a very whimsical flower. It's blooms not only have height, but also movement as they reach out in various directions. For this reason, I chose Vinca for my filler flower as it is a mounding flower. It doesn't grow tall or cascade out. It provides a contrast to the whimsy of the Angelonia.
Composition refers to the actual arrangement of your container. An easy formula focuses on 3 main levels of flowers: THRILL, FILL, & SPILL!
-When arranging a pot, the THRILL refers to the aspect of your pot that will be the focal point of your pot, and also the height element. When choosing your thriller plant, you need to look for a flower or grass that has height to it. For this post I chose Angelonia, a purple flowering annual. Some of my other favorite THRILLERs are:
- purple fountain grass
-The FILL layer of a pot is something that will compliment your thrill and provide a lush fullness to your container. There are so many filler options! For this post I chose vinca, a sun annual, to add pops of pink to her pots. Some of my other go to's are:
- dusty miller
- pansies (winter)
- cabbage (winter)
-The SPILL is the layer that will cascade over the edges of your container to help draw the eye down. In this post I chose potato vine, which happens to be one of my favorite spills! I also love:
- creeping jenny
- purple sweet potato vine
Flowering spiller favorites include:
- moss rose
- sweet alyssum
- creeping mini petunias
While all forms of flowers are beautiful, there really is an art to arranging a beautiful pot or arrangement. By following these tips, I am positive that you will be able to create stunning containers for your porch, patio, or yard this spring! It's important to keep in mind that your pot will fill in over a couple of weeks! Make sure not to overcrowd your pot initially. They will fill in and be lush within a couple of weeks!!
Are you planning on potting flowers this spring? If so, what flowers are you using? Please share any favorites you may have!!! Happy planting!!