A grouping of small potted plants transitions the wrap around patio to a lush planted garden. Deck boards move parallel to the house for a smooth look. Roof overhang creates shade above the large glass sliding door.
Adding a touch of greenery to your mantel will instantly give it a more lively look. Look for objects that can accommodate a small potted plant or cut flower arrangement on top or inside. Once greenery is added, the look will feel fresh.
For this project you'll need two small wood planters, fresh mood moss, clear plastic wrap, small river rocks, floral tape or clear tape, miniature fairy garden accessories, faux gold gems and five to seven small green potted plants in a variety of shades and heights. Line the insides of both planters with plastic wrap and secure with tape around the top rims. Fill the bottom of each planter with a handful of small river rocks for drainage, then stack the planters to add depth and interest. Create a custom design by staging plants and garden accessories before planting. Once you've achieved the desired look, remove plants from pots, loosen the roots and plant, filling empty space with potting soil. Lightly water the soil before covering with moss and adding leprechaun garden accessories.
Go all out and mix in smaller containers and single plants as well. If using a small container like this one, limit the amount of vegetation planted to just one or two varieties so they can flourish without competing for room and nutrients.
Toucan Scarlet canna is a smaller version of the classic canna, growing 3 to 4 feet tall. It’s a perfect size canna for container gardens. Here it’s planted with Vermillionaire firecracker plant (orange flowers) and purple annual salvia.