Get the Look: Statement Planter

There are times when you want your planters to all coordinate, creating one overall scheme. Then, there are times when you want one single planter to stand alone, creating a real statement. 

Of course, we want a big statement in the new urn situated front and center in our kitchen garden

Note: After a lot of research, we settled on a clean lined, 27" cement planter from Lowe's

Like with any new project, I spent time looking through magazines and online researching combinations for said statement urn. Unfortunately, I didn't come up with much. 
When all else fails, it's time to hit the shops. 
First, I checked out Home Depot for flowers, but ultimately left feeling uninspired. Time to pull out the big dogs and get some personalized attention at a local nursery.

I'm sure I've mentioned Banner nursery before. They are a small locally owned nursery with very competitive pricing, excellent personalized service and a selection that is second to none. Clearly, I am a big fan. If you are local, check them out. 

I worked with one of their planter designers ( I'm calling her that because she was actually working on a planter when I got there). We walked around the nursery looking at various combinations and she highlighted some of their more unusual selections. Ultimately, she left me with a great piece of advice: get a cart and start laying the plants/flowers out how you would imagine them in the planter, keeping the thriller, filler, spiller concept in mind, and go from there. 

Here's what I ended up with. 
I knew I wanted to keep the scheme fairly neutral overall because I have a lot of colors, textures, and varieties in the surrounding beds. The designer at Banner wasn't super thrilled with my "drama without color" concept, but I think we made it work. 

Get the look...
Thriller: Cordyline Red Sensation
Filler: Dusty Miller, Variegated Japanese Sedge 'Evergold' 
Spiller: Variegated Sweet Potato Vine, White Petunia

until next time, 

Progress Report: Kitchen Garden Foundation {DONE!}

Y'all, it was a crazy weekend around here. With our schedule starting to stack up…like busy weekends from now until June, we knew we had to complete the foundation of the kitchen garden this weekend. It was a tough one, but we did it!

Breaking protocol and going right into the after shot here. What can I say, we are super proud that we were able to visualize, design, and ultimately complete our dream kitchen garden. 
Before I get too ahead of myself, I'll go back to where we left off. 

We finished off the stack stone wall. You can read more about that here. And quickly realized that we needed more dirt to backfill against the wall. Back to HomeDepot to order another cubic yard of top soil. While I was there, I ordered 300 bricks to create the bordered paths from our inspiration images and picked up the stomper tool. Yup, not sure what that's technically called. 

Saturday morning proved to be rainy, but mild so while the girls played in the garage we pressed on by laying out the paths with landscape fabric, outlining them, rolling the fabric back, digging down, leveling, and stomping the pathways.

Between rain burst, the girls came out to help. They managed the fabric pining process and oversaw the brick placement for outlining the paths. 

Ultimately, we settled on 2 crossing - 3 foot wide paths and 1 - 1.5 foot horizontal path all meeting on a center circle. I had initially been pushing for a union jack style layout but it didn't really fit the space. We decided that if some of the gardens were a little too big to access from the pathways, we will use stepping stones. 

The next morning, we were at it again - starting in by hauling all the crush & run into the pathways. The crush & run not only helps to hold the fabric in place, but acts as a solid foundation for the crushed stone that will cover the paths. 
I should also mention that we used the stomper to flatten the crush & run before adding the final layer of crushed stone.

Hauling in the crushed stone and leveling it with a flat rake filled out the remainder of Sunday. Leaving us with only a short window to enjoy a well deserved, cold beverage. But, man, did that drink taste good!

Of course, the designer in me got a second wind which led to finding some of our long-stored garden accessories in the garage and playing around with them in the garden. Originally, we were leaning toward a large urn in the center of the garden, but John suggested moving the table there and we kind of like it. 
Cocktails in the garden, anyone?

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