In the garden: Gardeners combine imagination with outdoor planters

Every year I tell myself I won’t be filling as many pots and planters as I did last year. I haven’t actually counted yet, but I suspect the numbers are pretty much the same and everything in it is in a pot, not in the ground.

We tend to use the terms “pot” and “planter” interchangeably. Pots are usually smaller, wheeled, and are used to house a single plant, while planters are usually designed for outdoor use. Planters can be of any shape and size and can contain any number of plants. Both are containers, the more general we toss. For plants, a container can be anything that retains the soil, with a drainage hole at the bottom.

Gardeners used almost anything to make their garden whimsical: they glued plants to anything they could find – old boots, buckets and buckets, inverted umbrellas and even a variety of bathroom accessories. If there is no hole in the bottom of the element, it can be easily solved with a hammer or drill. As for the popular bathroom fixtures that are often seen in the middle of a front lawn, I’d rather see them without stuffing and thriller plants and full of lots of scatter. As with many plantations, by the time the plants grow and roll over the sides, it is often unclear what the original purpose was.

The exception is an expensive ceramic designer planter that is so artistic in design that damage to flowers and foliage is hidden. I tend to focus on plants, but it’s fun to be creative with planters, and that’s where the three Rs cater to all needs.

My collection includes a pair of antique ash rockers, buckets and lots of traditional terracotta. I glued plants into old suitcases, rice bags, barrels and boxes, and grew succulents into bricks and logs. In fact, there is no limit to one’s imagination.

I could simply carry home ready-to-fill planters designed by a person skilled in plant selection, but given the containers I put in, the poor pin-and-pay card would curl up and die like an orchid I forgot to water.

As far as plants are concerned, I wish I could say that the perfect combination of colors, textures, sizes and shapes I have chosen is all that makes a perfect planter. I like to experiment, but if there’s a bug and there, I’ll throw it out in the back of a flower bed as a space filler.

One of my almost annual projects is to create a small Japanese-style garden in a planter. The design is a little different every year. I start with a well-drained soil and then choose a simple plant selection. The featured plant can be a lush prize. If it is usually a houseplant suitable for outdoor living, I keep it in my own pots and sink it into the ground, hiding its edge. Sometimes I use a miniature coniferous tree, also in my own pots. To fill the space, I put in a patch of Scottish moss, possibly a group of small succulents, and then pour off the rest of the surface with fine gravel. As a final touch, I can add a piece of driftwood or a few small rocks.

I wouldn’t go so far as to claim that the result is a traditional Zen Garden, but it helps if I stop for a moment to become one with calm in mind, most often from the worry of the weather, the extermination of weeds. or chasing beetles and creatures in the garden.

Sometimes a single planter is enough to create a garden. I will tell myself that the next time I notice something begging me to fill it with plants. One hundred and thirty-two …

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