Plantings for a retreat can also include things that serve up a taste explosion, like this hanging basket cherry tomato (Tomato ‘Terenzo’ F1). Plant breeders are developing more and more edible plants for containers, including strawberry, blackberry, raspberry and blueberry. You can easily raise tomato, pepper, English peas or greens in pots. With all of these crops, eating sun-ripened produce becomes part of your retreat experience. As you shop for edible plants to grow in containers, look for plant tags with words like "snacking," "patio," "pot" or other size indicators (mini, dwarf, Tom Thumb, Wee Be Little). If you look up plant names online, most descriptions should include specific tips about best pot size for growing.
With lanterns and flower pots on either side of the steps, the front of this home boasts beautiful symmetry and balance. Large address numbers hang over the door to ensure that guests know where to go.
If you’re a gardener who craves pure splashes of single colors, try something different this year. Mimic Mother Nature’s fall color show and treat yourself to a hanging basket planted with a mix of hues. The effect is truly a garden party in a pot. Cool Wave Mix Spreading Pansy delivers a just-right blend (designed by the seed breeders) that’s eye-catching and perfect for fall. Tuck a pot into the ground at least six weeks before frost, add extra mulch once the ground freezes, and you’ll be rewarded with early spring pansies. Cool Wave pansies handle temperatures as low as -13°F. They’ll look frozen solid during winter, and leaves and stems may turn brown, but watch what happens when spring peeks ‘round the corner. Of course, plants in pots won’t survive freezing temperatures.
Off the newly appointed chef's kitchen is a cozy niche perfect for a breakfast area. An eclectic and fun chandelier hangs above a round table, which is situated to take advantage of natural light. Built-in shelving is the ideal spot for displaying the homeowners' collection of copper pots.
Integrated appliances and crisp, clean lines give this open-concept kitchen a streamlined, airy appeal. A custom stainless steel vent hood hangs above the professional gas range, resulting in a cooking station built for a chef. The in-island sink and double oven form a perfect work triangle, and a pot filler above the cooktop offers added convenience.
Variegated leaves featuring green with chartreuse splashes make ‘Brasil’ philodendron (Philodendron hederaceum ‘Brasil’) a colorful choice. This beauty is a patented variety that vines. Let it cascade from a pot or hanging basket, or train it up a moss totem. Classic heart-shape leaves blend with any décor. Give ‘Brasil’ a spot near a bright window for best leaf coloration. Water this philodendron when soil is dry to the touch.
This spacious, country style kitchen doubles as a casual office space with a built-in, wood desk that sits in front of stunning bay windows. A metal pot rack hangs over a marble-topped kitchen island creating a lovely focal point while also adding storage space. Bright white cabinets with black hardware complement the black and white, plaid striped walls nicely.
An icy blue four-drawer dresser is used to display a small purple floral bouquet inside a brown pot, a stuffed monkey and a handful of Dr. Seuss books, while above hangs a large white mirror in which you can see the reflection of a blue and purple plaid valance. The color schemes compliment the purple hue of the room walls.
It's important to think about lighting, especially once it gets dark. The warm glow of candles, string lights and lanterns creates a fun outdoor mood. Tea lights, and many battery-operated lighting options, are available at stores like Target and Home Depot. Hang lanterns from the tent ceiling using ribbons.
Create a retreat just like you would an interior room by starting with furnishings. Consider your style and budget, along with how you’ll likely use the space. If your retreat is a cherished space for reading and hanging out with family, include plenty of seating options. For a retreat that provides an escape for morning coffee, you might just need one seat and a spot to park your favorite mug. Include container gardens to give the space a touch of greenery and nature that will minister to you, body and soul. These pots sport a mix of annuals: dwarf purple fountain grass with ‘Sweet Caroline Light Green’ sweet potato vine and Intensia blueberry phlox, dark Vertigo purple fountain grass, and Blushing Princess sweet alyssum solo and with Supertunias Royal Velvet and Trailing Silver. A pot of Diamond Frost euphorbia adds a just-right blooming accent to the coffee table.
African violets are considered miniatures if they are 6" to 8" or less in diameter, and large if they're over 16" in diameter. Semi-minis are 6" to 8", while standards are 8" to 16". Trailing types have long runners that branch and spread; they can grow in hanging baskets or shallow pots. 'Persian Prince’ (S. Sorano, hybridizer), is a miniature with so-called girl, or scalloped, leaves. Girl leaves are usually fleshier than boy leaves, which are solid green.
Large pink trumpet shape blooms cover mandevilla vine during summer, conjuring scenes of tropical beauty. This vine is a stunner that’s often grown in containers or hanging baskets. It makes a striking pillar of color when grown on a pot obelisk trellis. In most zones mandevilla is an annual vine that grows 6 to 8 feet in a single season. Overwinter indoors in a cool spot (above 45 degrees F). Leaves may drop, so water just enough it keep it alive. Growth will resume in spring. Mandevilla is hardy in Zones 10-11, where it can reach 10 to 15 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet wide. Why we love it: Mandevilla is easy to grow and infuses even the northernmost garden with a tropical ambience.