The lay of the land. A wall that is in desperate need of some funky color and greenery. The small pot there just isn't cutting it in regards to making a real focal impact, pop of color or thriving against the hot wall.
This beautiful turqoisey cobalt pot spoke to us, so we found it some friends of varying heights, rung them up and loaded them in the car.
Next we stopped at the nursery to pick our plants. We got a dwarf kumquat loaded with fruit that will thrive in that large blue beauty we got- as well as a handful of jewel toned succulents of varying colors and textures for year round contrast and interest. Including echeveria, aeonium, kalanchoe and sedums. We picked up a basil plant to divide and plant in a nice round bowl planter and some other new goodies we couldn't pass up on to plant in the yard. We grabbed some soil and decorative rock to finish it off and went back to put it all in place.
The Final Product.
Unlike normal landscapes which take years to fill in and look just right, pots are all about instant gratification. Plants can be moved, divided and fudged around years down the road (although this kumquat isn't going anywhere- I've seen citrus survive decades in pots still regularly fruiting). Within a few months the succulents will already start to spread and the basil will quadrupel in size.
|On a south wall cluster pots for a focal using tough heat loving plants, I like going for dwarf fruit trees such as this kumquat other citrus, olive or pomegranate.|
|Colorful, sculptural, thrive on neglect... pot perfect.|
|In a few months these seedlings will be a lush 2' high bouquet of goodness.|
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