And after thinking about it, I realized that there are many great reasons to not only add pots to your landscape but actually use them strategically as part of your problem solving strategy as well as you creative design.
Here's 5 great reasons that I hope you'll consider.
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5 Great Reasons
1. Micro Climates
Create and control an environment for special plants - like succulents or cactus that need more drainage, or tender plants that need to be moved to protected areas when the weather isn't ideal.
2. Focal Points
A large or colorful pot can help you add that missing focal point to a planting bed or path, and even bring your plants closer to eye level for viewing pleasure. Layers are critical in a landscape - you don't want everything on the same plane or level.
The right plant in the right pot can just create a dramatic color or texture combination that otherwise would be missing if the same plant was growing in the ground.
4. Traffic Control
Some plants are just, well, hard to handle. They send out shoots and want to spread beyond their designated spot. The right pot can allow you to enjoy these plants without constant maintenance.
5. Tough Locations
There are just some locations where plants that would otherwise do well just can't thrive. For example, under a tree with large roots, or a spot where you've got hard soil or clay. Set a few planters in those spots and you've transformed the space instantly.
All of these images are from my garden in downtown Prescott, AZ, at Juniper Hill Cottage. I've got TONS more pots that I've painstakingly placed (in most cases) and one or two that have never moved once they were placed.
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Peace and contentment,
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Hey there. I'm Miriam ~ and I've been doing this my whole life. It's my passion.