The containers we use on our porches, decks and patios are one way that we give our yards and gardens “a sense of place.” Our pots, urns and boxes can celebrate the natural world near the sea, but do so in a subtle way that doesn’t distract from the plants or the house. Large collections of lobster buoys, as colorful and cheerful as those are in the right location, are not for everyone, and many find that “Welcome to The Cape House!” signs are just a bit too obvious. If you would like to celebrate the plants and aquatic life of our seaside location in an understated way, consider using containers that do so elegantly. Here are just a few examples we have in the store right now.
There are a series of pots that have sea shells on the sides. Imagine this one with a collection of blue and white flowering annuals in it. I’m picturing a tall blue Angelonia in the center along with a Gaura Stratosphere White, planted with Evolvulus Blue My Mind, Diamond Frost Euphorbia and Bluebird Nemesia, all from Proven Winners.
This urn-shaped ceramic pot would combine well with other white or blue containers. Picture two of these on either side of a front porch, planted with a tumble of pink and blue flowering annuals.
Pots in shades of blue, gray, green or white are particularly appropriate for the seaside, and this one also has a seahorse on it. Group this with other assorted green pots of various sizes for a handsome display.
New this year are a series of pots that have a subtle, fish-net pattern on them. These will go with any style and can be planted with very contemporary looking plants (think a single dwarf evergreen, the tall King Tut papyrus, or succulents) or more traditional flowering annuals.
Our sea-side location is graced by a number of plants as well as sea life, so this type of pot that has an urn shape would fit right in.
I’m especially fond of this collection. The finishing reminds me of a treasured beach stone or worn, pitted beach glass. We might imagine that these are pots brought up from a sunken ship, with the remains of barnacles and oxidized copper coating their sides. They are not from a shipwreck, of course, and are ceramic…but the unusual glaze lets our minds wander.