We’ve had somewhat cooler weather the past few days, so I seized the opportunity to plant some flowers before the summer heat really hits.
One area I never got around to last summer was sprucing up our front porch, so I was excited when Walmart sent me this great Better Homes and Gardens Bombay Garden Vase as an inspirational starting point.
At nearly 21 inches high, the Bombay Garden Vase definitely packs some eye-catching drama with an impressively low price tag of just $22.96, far below the prices I saw at our local greenhouse. This faux ceramic planter has a lightweight resin construction in a durable ceramic finish and is UV resistant.
I was especially smitten when I flipped the price tag to find three suggested steps to creating a perfectly proportioned planting. I’m the kind of gardener who just buys whatever flowers and greenery catch my eye without a thought as to where I’m going to plant them, so having a plan in mind when I was perusing my local Walmart Garden Center was especially helpful.
Be sure to look for the Better Homes and Gardens brand flowers when you’re shopping! You’ll be able to pick them out easily because of the white containers they’re planted in. Unfortunately, my store didn’t have a very large selection, so I turned to some of their other plants to fill my vase.
Step one for planting a perfectly proportioned garden vase is to choose a dramatic large plant as a focal point. I went with the Dracaena pictured above because it grows to between 18-24 inches tall, so it provides plenty of height in the center.
The next step is to add a soft, billowing filler plant at the base of the focal plant. So around the Dracaena, I added these beautiful deep purple Petunias. Petunias are easy to grow and provide continuous color throughout the summer, ensuring a beautiful planter for several months.
The final step is to add a trailing or tumbling plant that spills over the edges around the outside. For this effect I went with Lysimachia, a leafy, bright chartreuse plant that provides exactly this effect.
I absolutely adore my planter and how it brightens up my front porch! I may go back and add a few more brighter flowers to it, only because the gorgeous purple shade gets a little lost in the dark navy color that we used on our front door.
I just can’t decide what color I’d like to add. Suggestions please?
If you enjoy container gardening, you might also enjoy this post sharing how to grow strawberries in pots. Choose the ever-bearing variety and enjoy your bounty all summer long!