This is not cool, but I've subscribed to Better Homes and Gardens since I was 21. I had just moved into my first real home on my own. I had a yard that I didn't know what to do with and my mom read it and her yard looked great. This magazine has gorgeous potted plant how-to's every year and they are jaw dropping but they also seem daunting and expensive, flowers I've never heard of meaning I'd have to shop around nurseries to find them and really, I just want to go to Lowes and knock it out. So I've had boring pots, all one flower, no depth or variety. A fern here an impatient there. Pretty but not interesting, not at all. Enough, I was grocery shopping a hit the garden department and said, self, it's time to grow up! And I took the plunge. Here is a mixed planter with grocery store pants, normal, everyday easy to find stuff.
A tall grass, a potato vine in green and purple (which will trail down the pot)a random pink flower, marigolds and a dusty miller. Bam! Done and done. All told, I think I spent $13 per planter which includes a bag of potting soil. Not as cheap as a pot with one flower but I like this look much better. I think I'll end up putting them in better, more substantial pots soon, they seem a little wee so close to the ground. What I did was look for different colors, textures and heights. I knew to get non-flowering plants, something tall and something that will hang over the edge as it grows and plants that would thrive in partial sun, this is what I came up with. Not planning it out and just shopping what was available took thte anxiety out of it. When I read the how-to's I would get overwhelmed with things like which zone I lived in and falling in love with something that needs all shade or all sun. I just took my time wandering around, looking at the tags and mixing and matching. In the end, it was really fun and I like the way they turned out.
What do you think? Is this a little less intimidating, will you try to mix your own pots?
(Photo from: me, mat from Target)