Lately, I am just driven to make container flower arrangements at all cost. The OCD feeling of creating beauty out of nothing is new to me and very welcomed.
Waking up groggy, unsure of what task to jump to next, I decided that planting a front house planter would be more beneficial than anything else on the task list.
Living in Florida, the heat-tolerant plants are the way to go. Sun and humidity is a constant factor so shopping for attractive foliage is not an easy process. Lots of plants are inviting and beautiful, but considering Fall season and Sub-tropical climate, only highly adaptive variations to particularly zone 9 (a/b) would work.
Purple is my favorite color, thus, the plants gathered here were selected mostly for this reason. Red fountain grass added height, (although it looks more purple to me). Really wanted to purchase bigger, maturer, and taller Grass option, but with the existing container, it would occupy the whole space. That is why I settled for younger, shorter, but still a cute specimen.
Mexican Heather is a perennial and worked well with my color scheme. Also, I like the idea of it coming back every year, instead of being just seasonal.
New favorite flower of mine, Lantana, added a stroke of yellow color. It is also medicinal and I intent on harvesting leaves to brew herbal teas. The Internet states its poisonous, but herbalists disagree. Supposedly, it heals skin ailments and of course, more research is needed, but for now, the idea of using plants, as medicine sounds very exciting to me.
Creeping Jenny vine was rescued from the local nursery. Owner stated it’s coming back, although it looked a little under the weather. I think it will come back under the right conditions. Interesting, that after scavenging 6 different nurseries, only 1 had this common vine. I gravitate towards its particular lime green color and graceful spilling over effect to add variation to this arrangement.
My container was transported from out of state with us, during the move and was placidly occupying space in between shrubs, upside down. Finally, it’s being put to proper decorative use. The stand under seems to work well as a pedestal, adding much-needed height.
Things I learned during the planting process:
- Line with plastic the space under your planter to minimize the dirt spill over.
- Listening to your favorite music while planting does feel as a fun workout.
- Something got into my eye in the middle of the arrangement-had to work right through it. Both hands were dirty to help my irritated eye. For my own sidenote-expect such instances or wear protective eye gear.
- Anticipate great sense of accomplishment followed by joy. Groggy no more, but ready to move on to next household assignments.
- Be patient, clean the dirt under before watering. I got ahead of myself, by watering first and that created a wet mass underneath the planter.
- Nature, plants, gardening is indeed a healing process. Wouldn’t live without it.
Inspired and happy to resume life again.
Until next time,
All photographs belong to Luda @PlantsandBeyond.com