Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!” — Robin Williams
YES! For this girl, the party starts outdoors. Spring is one of my favorite times to plant the containers on my deck. Beauty is in bloom! The heat of the summer hasn’t set in, and I love sprucing up after the winter foliage is cleared.
Here are 5 ideas that I used to create a spring display on my deck:
1. Size and scale matter. I match the containers that match the scale of my outdoor space in size and number. I have a VERY large deck with 14 large clay pots that I replant every season.
2. I decide on a specific color scheme according to my taste and purpose. Loving the clean look of white, I look for plants within that color scheme that will attract butterflies, birds, and bees. Next, I decide on an accent color to throw into the mix, this year… BLUE!
3. Axioms! Yes, please…”Less is more.” I replant 12 out of the 14 clay containers every season. I plant 8 of them with 3 types of plants from my favorite colors and 4 with three other types in the same color family. This year I planted Dusty Miller, Petunia, and SunPatiens in 8 of the containers, and Blue and White Delphinium, White Dianthus, and Alyssum.
4. Challenging myself, I experiment! I planted the Delphinium pictured above this year. I had never worked with that plant before but loved the tall stalk and lacy flowers. After planting, I staked them. I purchased inexpensive wooden dowels and raffia from Hobby Lobby and that did the trick.
5. Last but not least… I enjoy the process!! I’m usually anxious in the beginning. Have I bought enough flowers or have I bought too many? Are these flowers going to blend and create a harmonious combination? After everything is said and done, I relax as nature takes over and creates the beautiful displays that you see pictured. She never disappoints!
This website is a good resource for inspiration: Perennial Resource
I would love to hear from YOU! What are some things that YOU do to decorate your exterior design?