Since seeing this container planting over on Garden’s Illustrated’s website earlier this summer, I have been all sorts of obsessed with mini meadows in pots. This lovely thing was grown from seed, so my own experiment to re-create something similar with have to be added to next year’s ‘To Do’ list….but my patience for this look can hardly stand the wait so I’ve been casting around for options to create it. Like, right now. The key to this look is to toss aside the Fillers, Thrillers, Spillers way method of container planting. Opt instead for a mix of upright plants and use them repeatedly (but not in groupings). They can be at varying heights, but their open habit should be obvious allowing for the tops to mix and dance together. Have you experimented with this look? As I try it out I will certainly learn a few tricks that will happily share later. Shopping for plants, I think the key to this will be to use just 2 or 3 and mix and match different varieties to create textural interest and exciting but simple color combinations. Here are somethings that I think would be good to experiment with.
- Cosmos (I planted some Chocolate Cosmos this year that I am in love with!)
- Coreopsis Early Sunrise
- Dianthus (of a variety of sorts)
- Nasella (formerly Stipa tenuissima)
- Panicum varigatum – Cheyenne Sky Red Switch Grass. (and other grasses)
- Platinum Wallaby Mulla Mulla
- Poppies (of all sorts)
- Russian Sage
images: Top – Gardens Illustrated, Proven Winners Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Proven Winners. I am not an employee of Proven Winners and all opinions are my own. See the other posts in this series.