Container garden design is a specialized field, and Rejane Parker at The Vine, is a professional. The walls of her St. Simons Island office are filled with former and future garden designs, many of them in containers and small spaces.
Containers are important to the arrival sequence at a home Parker said, adding homeowners often use containers at the entrance to their homes, and at the backdoor and in outdoor sitting areas.
“You want your containers where they are easily accessed and there is foot traffic,” she said. “It’s a way of guiding the visitor’s eye.”
Containers are often heavy, and can be difficult for people to move, or change out. Installing a pot sleeve solves the problem. The plant is placed close to a water source, and is irrigated and drained through the same hole in the bottom of the pot.
“Anything in a pot will dry out faster than anything in the ground, so irrigation is key in container gardens,” she said.
Other considerations include finding the right location for the right plant — taking into account the amount and strength of sunlight and breeze an area receives each day.
“Your location (porch, patio, deck) will determine the type of plants you have,” Parker said.
The Vine’s aesthetic is clean and minimalist, and Parker favors using different types of containers for the same types of plants. That includes playing around with textures of both plants and containers.
“It harmonizes the look,” she said, “and gives it elegance.”
As far as color schemes go, Parker prefers a monochromatic look, which means green with an accent color, but says there are no rules for colors.
For containers inside the house, Parker suggests trees like a bird of paradise or king yucca.
“We don’t fill the (inside) pot with dirt. We fill the container with a trash bag, packing material and a layer of dirt on top,” she said. “In a grow pot, you can take the plant outside, give it a good shower, and dust off the leaves. When plants are inside, you don’t bring the water to the plant, you bring the plant to the water.”
Parker has two other pointers.
Front door pots should be no less than 24 inches tall, and many can be taller.
And, people should remember that the interior and exterior styles of their home should be extensions of the other.