Buck the trend of fresh cut floral this spring and instead set a center piece that can be used long after the party ends. Here, a trio of potted lavender adds a springtime scent to the table, and with the right amount of water it can last through spring and into summer.
A container garden is a wonderful thing for ambiance, but it can wreak havoc on your deck or patio’s surface. Overwatering leads to puddling, which leads to mold and stains caused by mineral buildup as the water evaporates. “Anytime we install a deck, we always use saucers for potted plants, connect the pots to an irrigation system, and install a drain tied into the below-ground drainage system whenever possible,” Kalamian says. “That way no water pools around the bottom or leaks across the deck.” Stains caused by pots often can’t be removed, so prevention is your best option.
This patio makeover included painting the stucco exterior an ocean-like shade of blue and adding several potted plants throughout the space. Dark brown wicker furniture with lime green pillows provides a comfortable place for relaxing, while a stainless steel grilling area makes outdoor entertaining a cinch.
This deck is put to great use with space-saving vertical container gardening techniques. Everything from herbs and vegetables to tropical plants grow in the fabric pockets hanging from unique A-frame wood structures.
If you’re out of time and out of money before your party, why bother with floral for the table? Instead, simply add potted houseplants to the tablescape. While plants won’t add the same elegance that flowers bring to the table, you’ll still be able to add color, texture and shape into the mix.
Strategically placed potted plants, border plantings of conifers and ground overs and colorful outdoor furniture acquire a unique symmetry in this highly visual pool design from Tidy Gardens Landscaping Inc.
This small-ish but gorgeous back yard has a little bit of everything -- a concrete patio area with Adirondak-style chairs, a tiered lawn and a wood deck in the background. Multiple flower beds -- plus potted plants and native trees -- ensure nature is the primary design element in the outdoor space.
Installing a deck fills the large gap between this house and the curb, and having a few potted plants instead of a huge garden bed makes the yard much easier to maintain. The blue-gray house color and bold orange door also help get the house noticed.
A potted plant adds natural color and height to this table display. An asian tin features a vivid green color with yellow florals that pop against the white wall. A jewelry tray is an easy place to keep all of your favorite pieces readily accessible.
This potted plant creates some height atop a rustic coffee table. Atlanta designer Alice Cramer says coffee table heights should correspond to seating heights, and with lower seating trending, her coffee table heights average 10-14 inches.