Me... I am the plant killer. In fact, the only reason I even have content for this post, is because I killed the indoor plant that was housed in the planter pictured above. Don't believe me?
Now, it might look to you like that is a living plant, and you might be right. But what you don't know is that it was about 3 times the size, with a plethora of pretty, green leaves when my mom gave it to us. Now it's just a shell of its former self.
She was trying to do a good thing, my mom. Gift us something to spruce up our home decor. However, our house is on a hill that slopes back into the woods. Most of our windows are on the back of our house. In fact, there's only one set of windows on the front of the house on the main floor. So there is just not enough sun getting in to keep an indoor plant thriving.
But let's be real. I'm not fooling anyone with my "no sun" excuses. I just cannot be trusted to water plants on a regular basis. Especially if they are hiding in the one corner of the house that gets sun exposure. That's the real reason I ditched my indoor plant for some outdoor ones.
My mom came to visit a few weeks ago and we spent a good amount of time fantasizing about what we would change about the outside of my house to make me like it more. Of course, everything we came up with required major work and/or a lot of money. Neither of which I was too keen on.
So mom got the idea to make some cosmetic changes instead. Starting with a big potted plant. At first, I was skeptical. How could one potted plant really change the look of my house from the outside? But as we walked around the neighborhood, I started to notice the difference planters really could make. So I said, "What the heck? Let's do it".
Since, as I stated earlier, I have zero gardening skills, I let mom drive the bus on this one. She had a pretty good method that I am going to let you in on a little later. In the meantime, I will show you the result of our first experiment.
Step 1: Pick your planter. Obviously, I am using the one I had my indoor plant in. Nothing special about it. It's small, heavy-duty plastic.
For this particular plant, I just used one empty plastic gallon jug. I probably didn't need it at all, but I wanted to show this step because I thought it was clever. For the bigger one, we used several jugs and some plastic water bottles.
- Make sure all your plants require the same amount of sun/shade. All mine were tagged as "Partial Sun - Morning Sun Only". Choose depending on where you're going to keep your planter. That part is pretty self-explanatory.
- Pick at least one of each of the following types of plants: Tall, Hanging, Spreading, and Fillers (if needed). These are, by no means, technical names. They are just how I remembered them when mom explained it to me.
- Tall plants are obviously plants with some height to them. One of these is probably enough.
- Hanging plants are ones that will grow over the side of your planter and hang off the edge. I think one on each side is nice looking.
- Spreading plants are going to be your middle, focus plants. Pick something that will look good as it grows out. At least two is probably a good start.
- Filler plants are small plants that can be added to give the mix some more color or range. I didn't have enough room for any filler plants in my small planter, but the little blue ones are a good example in the bigger planter.
As you can see from the first plant we did, the fillers can add a whole different dimension and look to a plant. So don't discount them. They can definitely provide some value.
So that's it! The final result looks pretty good. Once it starts to grow and fill the pot some more, it will look even better!