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Whether you are limited on outdoor space or not, container gardens can be beautiful as well as become the main feature of your outdoor design scheme. The hot new look is to plant globe-shaped boxwood in containers. The up-lit containers above show what a dramatic design containers can achieve. This would be a great look on the walkway to a door or lining the back wall of a small yard or deck.
Here are more globe-shaped boxwood clustered together in terra cotta containers. Unlike the clean contemporary design in the first image, this picture shows the boxwood displayed in a more rustic, French country approach with outdoor wall lights highlighting the greenery.
Containers can also compliment large yards. This outdoor design has two square containers flanking a bench and pushed up against what looks like a garage. I love that by using containers the homeowner has been able to break up the wide expanse of white with a pop of shaped, green boxwood...very clever.
This teak wood outdoor planter is just the ticket when it comes to planning a container garden. The design works for both traditional and contemporary designs. While I love natural teak, you could paint it to match any outdoor decor.
Containers are a great solution to frame a space and create borders. This sumptuous cabana has containers defining the entrance and keeps people from falling off the ledge. Who knew gardening could save lives, amazing!
I love how the round boxwood reinforces the circular motion of the brick terrace. Also, look at how container gardening infuses the hardscape terrace with natural greens and soft textures. The traditional space also has old-world outdoor light fixtures so that the terrace can be used at night.
This elegant wrought iron and glass outdoor sconce has an extra metal reflector which will throw even more light onto a patio or walkway.
It doesn’t get more charming than this! Symmetrical outdoor design is king with this charming Danish house. Containers with more of my favorite boxwood welcomes visitors and frames the front door. Although there is a lawn and small alley of trees, the containers still pop.
Pool decks can be enlivened with plants in containers. A few well placed plants can soften concrete and create a resort-like feel. If you plan to use containers in this type of symmetrical application, make sure they match. Conversely, it’s fine if they don’t match in a more casual, rustic environment like an informal country house.
Can you think of anything more divine than a lazy afternoon by this pool? While sublime, it would be took stark without the overall thought to the outdoor design which includes potted plants. If you copy this look, remember that when you water the plants the water will pour out and could stain the coping and deck, so take care.
Obviously not everybody has a pool, yard, or even patio. Placing smaller potted plants on tables are a small way to create a mini yard on even the smallest terrace or balcony. Don’t think you can be confined by space because there is always a way to make a garden grow.
Images: Oliveaux, Bogle Street
Rob is a Los Angeles-based designer who has a background in art history and was an expert at Sotheby's auction house. Formerly the host of "Inside The Auction" for the Fine Living Network, speaker for The Learning Annex and contributing editor for Valley Magazine and LA Bride Magazine, he has spent years bridging the gap between the world of design and the general public.
His design sensibilities are varied and can work in both traditional and contemporary styles. His interiors have most recently been published in Renovation Style Magazine.
Love the photos and the inspiration.
awesome blog, thank you for these super cute ideas!!
Thats a sweet design i would like to copy this and do it to my house thanks for the photos.