Great Pots In Perfect Places

Tree-form Yeddo Hawthorne is the focus on this blank wall

Tree form Yeddo Hawthorne is the focus on this blank wall.

Close-up of Yeddo Hawthorne flower clusters

Close-up of Yeddo Hawthorne flower clusters

One of a pair of porch pots pots with upright Arizona Cypress with trailing blue Scaevola over the edge if the container

One of a pair of porch pots with upright Arizona Cypress and trailing blue Scaevola over the edge of the container

Blue Scaevola trailing over the pots rim

Blue Scaevola trailing over the pot’s rim

Close-up of blue Scaevola flowers

Close-up of blue Scaevola flowers

These two examples of using pots in the landscape exhibit great usage in perfect places. Oftentimes, when we have a blank wall in a landscape, we forget about using a very large pot with a tree form plant. The yeddo hawthorne featured against this blank wall is sensational in bloom and a great accent year round. A variety of plants could be use on a black wall like this if they have some unique characteristic that can call attention to it even when not in bloom like this tree-form shape of the hawthorne.
The great use of the upright Arizona cypress contrasting with the trailing blue scaevola is a marvelous color combination but also perfect to flank the entry of this house. One thing I also like is that instead of the pot being placed right next to the door they are pulled forward to the edge of the porch to provide these plants with adequate light and also add depth to the porch. In both cases the containers are large pots not over filled with plants. This allow for them to have enough room for root growth which will help ensure a long term attractive look to these containers. One final but important point. The number one reason plants die in pots is lack of water so don’t let yours fall victim as the weather gets hot.

John Floyd

John Floyd has been gardening--and learning about Birmingham area gardening--for more than 30 years. In addition to his day-to-day experience, John has degrees in horticulture from Auburn and Clemson Universities and was Editor-in-Chief of Southern Living.

One thought on “Great Pots In Perfect Places

  1. You have two fabulous containers you should photograph and share as they are certainly stunning. The Japanese maples in huge containers as you enter the back garden. Lovely.

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