My office’s new metal door arrived and I quickly realized that the one thing it missed in order to be perfect is a large flowering flowerpot, one which will welcome everyone with color and vitality, as varied as a small meadow.
I remembered the large flowerpots in the Netherlands which were stationed between the different houses and the crowded sidewalk, just like a little garden in a box.
If you too wish to join us in celebrating the fleeting spring and refresh yourself with green and a blossom which will make you happy even when the yellow summer will return. Here are some principles which will help you to create a winning flowerpot.
Where is the flowerpot destined to; First of all it is important to recognize where the flowerpot is going to be. Will the plants be exposed to direct sunlight all day, only a few hours a day or will it be in the shade all day long (like my flowerpot, which is placed in the northern side of my house). It is critical to match the type of plants with the sunlight conditions, else, they will either wither (in the worst case) or simply not bloom (in the not as worst case).
When we plan a hanging flowerpot (such as one hanging from a windowsill), we would prefer low ‘spilling’ plants, since otherwise they might block our view. In contrast, a flowerpot placed on the floor should be tall and deep, allowing the planting of taller plants (50-80cm) with a stronger presence.
Water reserves; an important subject to discuss is the watering of the plants. Most flowerpots aren’t connected to the automatic irrigation system and therefor require constant watering by hand, or else our blossoming flowerpot will quickly turn into a tombstone of shame and ugliness. Therefore, in order to prolong our plants’ lifespan it is important to create a ‘water bank’, water which drained into the bottom of the flowerpot into a small plate rather than spill outside, and so the plants will be able to enjoy the reserves should they not be watered enough, without having their roots rotting from the water.
Since my flowerpot is quite deep, I firstly filled the bottom of the container with tuff stones which will help the water drain as well as elevate the soil. The first third of the flowerpot was filled with the tuff and the other two thirds with the fertile soil.
(From left to right: the tuff stones, the soil.)
How to choose the flowerpot; I advise you not to settle on the simple plastic flowerpots. Nowadays there are countless types of flowerpots, differing in materials, decorations and more. My personal favorite is the modern looking pseudo-concrete or wood covered flowerpots with their clean aesthetic. Flowerpots made from ceramics with a high-quality glaze will give you a rural touch and will look great as well. In case there are several flowerpots, you should pick one style and make sure all containers match it. There is also a lot of charm in using old object and turning them into a flowerpot.
How to pick the plants; as I mentioned before, it is extremely important to choose the right plants which fit the available living conditions to you, such as light, direct sun, soil’s depth, and rainfall. Otherwise, the most important factors are your own style and personal taste. I like to combine several different plants. The taller plants should be placed in the back, and in the front the shorter plant should be placed, as well as seasonal plants which will be changed between seasons. If the flowerpot is either hanged or simply tall enough, ‘spilling’ plants should be used as well, in order to enrich the look of the flowerpot.
(From left to right: Top – Gardenia and French Geranium. Bottom – Ivy Geranium, Ivy and Primrose)
Here are several other flowerpots for inspiration:
And to remind you of the coming spring…