pretty painted planters by Brooke

You know how I feel about a beautiful planter, right?  No need to gush about it more than I already do.  So I won't.  I'll just show you a few of my recent favorites I've been pinning. planter

from etsy

outdoor planters

from anthropologie


from instagram @happymundane


Love these.  Just waiting for some pretty plants to put in them.

planter ideas by Brooke

Putting together some mood boards for planters this week.  I should have some good photos of the "real life" versions soon.  Deciding where to put planters and what to put in them is one of my favorite parts of landscape design.  I'm always surprised at what a difference a few well-placed planters will make on a home.  A great place for experimentation as well! planter ideas

1.  These planters are from Crate & Barrel.  I like the variety of heights here.

2.  Blue Star Agave.  I love agave.  It is very drought resistant and hardly ever needs to be watered.  The look, too, is impressive and dramatic.

3. Cactus Pencil Plant.  Another unique plant and also very pretty.

4. Sedum Blue Spruce.  Also a great drought resistant plant.  Are you seeing a pattern here?  It is nice to have plants that don't need a lot of water in your planters, so you don't have to worry about leaving on vacation for a week or standing out with your hose hours each day.

5. Agave Quadracolor.  This agave has beautiful stripes in bright greens and yellows.

6. Green Mountain Boxwood.  Another classic I like using in pots and planters.


We are putting these all together soon at a landscaping job we're finishing up.  Excited to see the end result!

DIY Dipped Terra Cotta by Brooke

I made some dipped terra cotta pots for a wedding luncheon last weekend.  The client was looking for something simple, but classy.  I liked how they turned out.  It was a relatively easy project for a wedding or even resting on your kitchen table, where mine sits right now. DIY potted plant


  • 6" Euphorbia tirucalli plant
  • 6" Terra Cotta pot
  • 1 gallon of paint (color of your choice)
  • 1 quart of shellac (clear)
  • A handful of chartreuse reindeer moss

So, are you ready for the step by step in-depth, scientific process?  No?  Good because it's actually very simple.  Take your terra cotta pot and dip it sideways in the paint.  Then let it dry.  I actually put my pots on a board with nails sticking out so the bottom of the pot doesn't stick to the board.  While it's drying sit on the couch with a magazine and eat a handful of chocolate chips.  It sounds irrelevant, but it's actually a very crucial step.


After it's dry (and you've finished your magazine), put a thin layer of shellac over the entire pot using a rag.  After the shellac dries, you are finally ready to transport the pencil plant in the terra cotta pot and cover the soil with reindeer moss.  Of course, you could substitute other plants in the pot as well.  I found this pairing looks nice and is easy to transport.


There you have it.  A nice, easy DIY that will look great resting on your kitchen table.

splendid succulents by Brooke

Are you loving succulents lately?  I am.  Especially looking at this: plants


So pretty, right?  The great thing about succulents is they are as practical as they are pretty and an affordable way to add color and texture both inside and outside.

Potted succulents


Plus, they basically thrive on neglect and need very little care/water.  Always a bonus.  It seems everyone is looking for easy care when it comes to indoor/outdoor pots.


I have put some of these together for myself and clients:

Potted succulents

I love the colors.  Nice to bring these rich greens inside.  Especially in the winter.  I used reindeer moss around the perimeter to fill in the pot a bit and add variety.

The wood tray and ceramic pots I purchased at Cactus & Tropicals last year.  Then painted the pots so I could get the right color.  I really like how they turned out.


more on pots by sadie

1. Capital Garden Products 2. West Elm $9.99-$24.99 (Love these smaller ones.  They look great with succulents.)  3. Restoration Hardware $125-$250 4. CB2 $7.95-34.95


Pots and Planters are on sale just about everywhere right now, so it's a great time to buy.  I have also found some larger nesting ones on ebay for almost nothing.  And the beautiful terra cotta ones from Monday's post are from Shopko, believe it or not.


So keep your eye out.

all things pots and planters by sadie


It will come as no shock that I have a weakness for pots and planters.  Let's face it.  I have a weakness for just about everything we talk about.  That's why I'm here. So today let's talk pots.  I love what they add as a finishing touch to a great landscaping job.  They attract attention, pull a space together, and can switch out from year to year, keeping things fresh.  I like my pots simple, but interesting.  Here are a few favorites.


Geraniums are always popular and can be very striking.  Here in small pots with sweet potato vine.  I love the stark contrast of colors here.

Geraniums in a bigger planter draws more attention.  I love how full and lush they are, which is important when filling a larger space.  You don't want the pot looking sparse.

When filling bigger planters, I like to be more dramatic.  You can do this by adding a larger perennial or shrub.  Like here with the boxwood in the center, surrounded by full white geraniums.


Again the boxwood, with wandering jew this time.

Lately I have been loving the look of agave.  It adds a great color and texture contrast.  Planting some annuals like these lobelias really make it pop.  This year I paired the agave with calibrachoa aloha series.  It's also very nice.

These classic terra cotta pots have a fresh, modern look when paired with the right plant.  Like the sedum and creeping jenny on the left.  Then some blue fescue grass and scotch moss on the right.  Again, I love the texture and contrast between the two.

Just stunning.

Planters and Pots

I think I may start my own pot collection.  Oh wait, I think I already have.