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Vintage Urban Garden | My Entryway Containers

By: Chloe Deike Chloe Deike
Playful and elegant were some of the goals I had in mind when crafting these entryway containers for my garden.


Container gardens are where the fun is at

If you don’t already garden in containers, I think you should. Let me quickly persuade you with these reasons:

  • A sturdy, good-sized container, some potting mix and some interesting plants is usually a smaller investment than a full in-ground garden.
  • You only need to worry about 1 or 2 square feet of space versus an entire garden.
  • You can change the plants and the entire theme of the planter each growing season.

Container gardening can jumpstart your green thumb. And then, like most gardeners I know, you’ll probably catch the container gardening bug and every year will bring a new challenge to outdo what you did last year.

That’s how it goes for me, anyhow. I spent a lot of time designing, planting and maintaining container gardens for customers in my landscaping days. And then, of course, for the years I spent living in apartments it was the only way to garden. Now, it’s a regular part of my garden regime. (You could even call me an award-winning container gardener...)

Do you have a process for designing and planting your containers? I planted up my entryway containers the other day. Here’s a look at my process. Join me!

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What’s my color scheme?

I started my design process with the color scheme. My home is red brick with a touch of a purple undertone here and there. My color scheme was pretty much determined months ago — just something a gardener dreams about in the bleak winter months. I’m glad, too, because I ended up shopping for these plants mad-dash style, as one does when shopping in the midst of a pandemic.

  • Blush pinks and cream soften the look of my home and add a touch of class.
  • Deep purples and pinks echo the purple undertones in the brick.
  • Bright chartreuse and blue contrast the red brick and add brightness.

I grabbed anything in this color scheme that caught my eye.

NICOTIANAWR: Flowering tobacco is a cottage garden classic and the pale chartreuse flowers add a pop of playfulness.
gauraWR: Gaura’s deep maroon buds and pretty pink blossoms are a lively companion to the bronze sedge grass.

Any particular theme or texture?

I didn’t bother determining which plants would go together or which containers they would get planted in while I was shopping. Instead, I simply sprung for a good mix of thrillers, fillers and spillers.

I like to dip by toes in the cottage-garden style, so flowering tobacco (Nicotiana alata) and daisy-shaped cape daisy (Osteospurnum hybrid) help fill that bill. But even more important than following a certain theme is making sure there is a heavy dose of texture. I saw this bronze sedge grass (Carex) and pink gaura (Gaura lindheimeri) and knew I wanted to play it up. Look at how those star-shaped flowers dance around the slender, arching leaves of the sedge! I grabbed some more plants with small leaves and plants with big bold flowers for contrast.

entry-container-web-ready: These lightweight, resin containers are easy to set in place. Their brushed and woodgrain appearance add another layer of texture.

Framing my small entryway

I planted a large container and a medium container that nestle into the little bit of extra space on my stairway, leaving enough room for us to be able to open the door wide and enter. If I could place containers on either side of the door for balance, I would. But I came up with this solution instead...

shephook-hanging-basket-web-ready: A shepherd’s hook elevates plants without the need for a large container or ground space.

A shepherd’s hook and a hanging basket

To the right of my front door is a garden bed with one small shrub and one large shrub. I stuck a shepherd’s hook in front of the small shrub and hung a hanging basket with coordinating plants. It balances out the two sizes of shrubs, and it frames my front door with another container. Double-duty!

What are your entryway containers looking like this year? We love to be inspired by seeing other gardeners create interesting container combinations. Post a photo to social media with the hashtag #MyContainerGardenVUG to share with us!

Check out my previous post here.

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Published: May 28, 2020

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