Summer color displays start with a beautiful container that sets the stage. Your choices are many so think about these points when making your selection of new containers for your porch, patio or landscape setting.
Small pots don’t take up much room on a porch but may not have enough size to make an impact. Smaller pots are also more of a challenge to keep watered in the heat of summer. Viewing from a distance necessitates a larger container for the display to be effective. We always recommend larger if space allows.
Coordination doesn’t mean all the same
Not all pots have to be the same color or style to present a coordinated appearance, but there needs to be some thread of continuity within a grouping. Color and overall style are good to have repetition, but an integrated variety of sizes makes a display more interesting. A style like the tricolor ceramic pots is a good blender to make several colors come together in stylish fashion. Be sure the jumps in sizes aren’t too large, making the smallest seem too small or the largest, too large.
Durability and setting
Breakage can occur with any container, but some tolerate abuse better than others. Over-wintering outside requires that water be excluded, or soil removed, from any container. Terracotta should always be brought indoors over winter. High fire ceramic pots will maintain their color best. Containers made of resin and fiberglass are lightweight and durable, but watch the bases and corners so they don’t get chipped by passing traffic.