Adding a colorful display to your entrances can really spruce them up and get a lot of complements. At the Urban Garden we have large flower pots by all the entrances. When I say large I mean really large they are 28″ across and 36″ high. They probably are a little too large for a porch entrance or a small balcony but the principals of color pots applies no matter what the size. It is always wonderful to find a spot of cheer when you are coming home or stopping by to visit someone., sort of like wreaths hung on the door to welcome your visitors.
At the urban garden we change out the color pots 4 times a year with the seasons. Currently the color pots are featuring mums and flowering kale. Occasionally I will mix in pansies when preparing the fall pots. In November just before Thanksgiving the pots are changes again. I like to use different combination’s long red twig dogwood branches or yellow cork screw willow branches mixed with winter berry and maybe some evergreen boughs . Tie a large red ribbon with a bow around each pot and you have a cheery holiday decoration. When spring arrives in go potted tulips or daffodils with pansies and some english ivy to welcome the start of the new gardening year. When May arrives many combination’s are available from sweet potato vine to licorice plant mixed with geraniums and other accent plants. Usually I like to keep flowers blooming there all summer for a bright splash of color. It is really up to your own imagination.
These pots are a great chance to show some creativity for the gardener. The nice thing is that they are not limited to plants. In fall perhaps you would chose some corn stocks with colorful or unusual gourds and indian corn. In the spring time a garden gnome or two have been known to take up residence in color pots. All kinds of fun and interesting displays can be used to amuse yourself and your visitors.
The important thing to remember when using color pot displays is that they are a focal point so be sure to groom them on a regular bases. As with any container garden you will need to keep them well watered and fertilized during the growing season to obtain the best displays. Make it a habit every time you pass them to dead head flowering plants and to occasionally snip up the errant vine that is starting to get out of control. You will be rewarded with a wonderful welcoming display and lots of compliments from your visitors.