Container Garden Design
Front Yard Landscaping Ideas
Container garden design creates instant satisfaction for front yard landscapes. If you're looking for a fun design project, this could be it.
I've got tips for placement, size, color, and style. Get ready for your nursery trip!
Placement of containers is paramount. Placing them near the front door is a sure bet. When your guests arrive, they'll see them from the car and when they walk up.
A container on a wall accents well. A tumble of annuals and vines will draw attention to a beautiful brick or stone.
I'm an advocate for 'larger'. Too often container garden design falls flat with flower pots that are too small. If your home is large, this is even more important.
Your containers should stand out. When you are viewing the entire front, can you see the containers? Many small containers can leave your garden feeling 'cluttered' instead of amazing.
Bright colors also draw attention, but subdued colors can be just as beautiful. Choosing colors that coordinate with your home and garden colors will be the finishing touch on a beautiful design.
If you want your home to be a restful place at the end of the day, you might consider subdued colors. Creams, grays, and pastels are more restful.
Bright colors are for those of us who must have some impact in the garden. Carefully select so you don't overwhelm. I shop for all my plants in one nursery so I can see the effect right away.
If you've had difficulties finding the perfect plant combinations for your containers, consider color. The color scheme for your garden should be reflected in the containers.
The style of your home and garden should always show in your containers. Large stone urns, whiskey barrels, or terra cotta -- each has a distinct 'flavor'.
In Minnesota, a multi-season container is most advantageous. Invest in outdoor artwork that can be left out all winter. Double your opportunity to dress up the front yard landscaping.
Imagine how beautiful a large stone urn would be with armloads of pine boughs and strings of cranberries in the winter. Destroy the winter garden doldrums!
Container garden design should be fun. In the front yard, it is a fun way to 'dress' for the seasons. Careful planning will bring your containers to life.
Heidi Schreiner / Get Creative, LLC
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