|These three rustic containers are|
clustered together, yet the larger pot on
left is brown whereas the others are dark
red. Since they share the same style and
are a similar shape the group works well.
I start by assembling a group that has the same style i.e. rustic, contemporary or traditional. Typically that decision is driven by the architectural style of the home itself as well as the setting.
Next I consider color. Again the initial choice needs to take the surroundings into account. I may choose to have all the pots in a rustic red or perhaps a rustic blue, brown and red grouped together. Either can be made to work. In the latter case, in order for the association to remain strong between all the pots I would include red and blue flowers or foliage in each of the pots to tie things together.
|These two black cauldrons are the same size|
and each is raised to the same height. This
duo visually reads as a single unit however
as the container to the right is planted
more simply and acts as a supporting player
to the star. My design
|Although the two middle cedar planters are identical, |
those on the outside are each a different size.
This custom group was designed to resemble the
gentle shape of a garden border with varying
depth and height. My design
|Three identical containers in style, color, dimensions and|
contents, each planted symmetrycally. These clean lines
and repetition ties into the contemporary
architecture of the home.
So assess you containers with new eyes. How can you group them to get a greater impact? Do you need to ‘retire’ a few for the sake of a more cohesive look? Perhaps a shopping trip is in order? Whatever you do have fun, add plants and enjoy your creation.
Containers in photos 1, 2 and 6 are from AW pottery