A lush container garden brings life to the sedate tones of this second-story deck. Flowers contrast with the monotone gray of the house, deck, and railing, but the space retains a peaceful and relaxed feeling.
The secret is a well-planned color scheme of mostly green and white, with splashes of yellow and hot pink.
This upper-deck container garden features resilient plants that can handle sea breezes and salt spray, such as blanket flower (Gaillardia x grandiflora) and Santa Barbara daisy (Erigeron karvinskianus).
A brick-paved porch becomes one with the backyard beyond, thanks to careful plant selection. Standard roses and pots of bright annuals echo the tones of the plantings in the rest of the yard.
Symmetry is the name of the game here. A quartet of identical containers has been painted to match the gray color of the house and deck. Inside the pots, look-alike plantings with flowers in tones of yellow and pink add sparkle without altering the low-key mood.
An elegant porch greets spring with a pink, white, and yellow chorus line. When the tulips, daffodils, and primroses (Primula) have gone by the wayside, summer-blooming bulbs and annuals will take their places. Likely candidates are pastel and white lilies against the railing, with lower-growing impatiens and violas below.
Neatly trained spiral boxwood topiaries, paired with a teak table and chairs, lend a formal air to this dining alcove.
If you're tempted to copy the look, be forewarned. You'll have to spend time snipping and clipping to keep the topiaries shipshape.
Bordered by columns and beautiful pots of flowers, a long and narrow porch overlooks a Florida canal. This waterside retreat boasts furniture worthy of an indoor living room.
Here's the ultimate in innovative containers: concrete drainage pipes planted with red impatiens and lit with neon rings. Across the walkway from this offbeat lineup, orange cannas repeat the earth-and-fire-toned theme.
Aside from a successful use of color, there's another design lesson to be learned from this container garden. You never know where you'll find a fabulous container -- so keep your eyes open and your imagination working overtime.
On a tiny deck in the woods, massed pots of tulips are about to burst into bloom. They'll be white, like the blooms of surrounding trees. Even the cushioned bistro chairs carry out the soothing green and white scheme.
From Sunset Books' Container Gardening
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