Applied Design: Use Design Principles to Create Beautiful Container Gardens

I am NOT the person to ask for advice about which kind of plants you should put in a container garden.  However, because design principles are universal (not just for interiors!) I think we can safely apply them outside to create beautiful pots of flowers to place by your front door.

Here are a few design principles at work in the flower pots by the front door in the  Room of the Week:

SHAPE: The plants in the containers create a round shape, which looks great in contrast to the straight lines of the design of the house.

COLOR: The white urns are a great contrast color to the darker gray house behind it.  But, they tie in with all that white trim.

SCALE:  The scale of the plants match the scale of the container.

BALANCE: By keeping the plants the same on both sides of the front door, it helps to create symmetrical balance, and is very pleasing to the eye.

Here are a few other examples of design principles at work in container gardens:

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4 thoughts on “Applied Design: Use Design Principles to Create Beautiful Container Gardens

  1. Lovely lovely!! We recently moved into a house and we’re trying to prettify the outside just as much as the inside. We had a huge urn left by our front doorstep from the previous renters – a few weeks ago I planted some colorful pansies and petunias and a baby’s breath-like white flower in it. They’re starting to come up and look gorgeous! I’m amazed at the liveliness it gives to that space.

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