The first and most important secret of container gardening design is realizing that the final resting location of the gardening container itself, will decide what sorts of plants you can use. You can not simply flick through the flower catalogue, deciding what flowers to use, based purely on what you believe would look great. Having actually chosen where the garden container will be sited, you must choose your plants depending on their preferences of soil, light, moisture and of course, the size of the container.
Having actually researched the needs of the plants and learnt what sorts will appropriate for the space, you can next pick a “palette” of colors. This does not just have to have to do with how their colors fit in with their environments. You can utilize the color of the plants for other more subtle effects. For example, a container filled with blue and mauve plants will seem to decline from the audience, offering a sense of distance. Put such a container at the far edge of a patio and the patio will appear to be larger. Once again, if you put a garden container filled with blue flowers at the end wall of a village garden, it will make the garden appear longer.
Bright red and orange flowers will have the opposite result and appear to reduce the range between the garden container and the audience. If you place blue flowers behind red flowers in the very same container, they will contrast and make the red flowers plainly stick out. If you put the red flowers behind the blue flowers they will appear to clash horribly. Remember however, that there are no hard and fast rules in art and garden style, but you can not break the rules unless you know them. Experiment on your own, after all rules are made to be broken!
So, to use these tricks of container gardening virtually, you can fill an area, like a patio, with garden containers filled with red plants to the front and garden containers full of blue, mauve and lilac towards the back. When seen from the front, say framed by a window, the space will appear more grand and larger than it really is.
For the general planting style of a classical garden container, you ought to make sure that the tallest growing plants are put towards the back. Next, you should choose a set of the exact same or similar looking plants. Among these ought to be planted at both ends of the high row, slightly forward of it. In front of the high row and in the middle of the container, you must plant your special feature plant. This is the central function of the container, the one that offers the wow! aspect.
Either side of this, you must put a set of complementary plants as fillers. You need to ensure that they do not interfere with your feature plant. Keep in mind if you have more than one function plant, you are blessed, and rather than place them all together in one container, comprise some more containers. Finally in front of all the plants in the garden container, plant some small flowers that hang over slightly and flow over the edges of the container to soften it’s edges.
If you are uncertain of what color blooms and foliage to utilize, then take a leaf out of the artists book and discover “color wheels”. Essentially, you need to consider a rainbow and the way the that the colors are put. The colors that are next to each other are called “complimentary” colors. The colors from either side of the rainbow are called “contrasting” colors. Use complimentary colors to make the eye carefully circulation over the container. Using contrasting colors to distract and make the eye stop and look.
There are no hard and fast rules in creating a container. Try taking a look at as much of them as you can in books or flower shows. Choose which ones you think work and which ones do not. Take a cam with you to go to gardens and make notes. Do not be frightened to speak with the gardeners, if you can. A lot of will be just to ready to share with you their container gardening tricks and inform you about the flowers they have actually utilized. Do not slavishly follow others however. Use this info just as a beginning point and discover to express yourself, your concepts, your sense of beauty. Ultimately, you will establish your own design and vision.