No matter how far back I think, there hasn’t been one makeover I can remember where I didn’t include in the design, some form of potted garden ideas. Without a doubt, my projects just wouldn’t be mine if I didn’t add my signature potted garden color somewhere in the yard patio or porch. For me, the potted plant material or blooming baskets just finish them off and separate my homes from any others on the market. I like to think that it’s those finishing touches that bring the sale.
Every single home I flip inspires its own color, landscape and design theme the minute I decide I want it. Without fail, I always know how I’m going to finish off and tie the design together with all the potted materials. Undoubtedly yard art and accent furniture always accompanies the potted material, but I’ll save that design element for a post all its own.
With so many great choices in garden centers at Home Depot, Lowes, Target or Walmart, mixing in themed potted material completes the landscape as the icing on the cake. Remember to stick to one look. It’s really important to choose a style which goes with the design and architectural period of the home. Terrific redwoods and barrels mix well with cedars and pines and explosions of seasonal color with draping ivy’s. Straight slick clean lined containers go well with succulents and arid landscape materials creating a sophisticated look. Traditional clay pots and saucers fare really well in most patio settings and can handle almost any type of material.
To really finish off the potted material element, remember that hanging several window boxes or baskets of floral in key visual spots will just push your landscape design clear over the top and bring in the final detail that only they can do. Some of the best spots are in corners clustered together. Often hanging color baskets in just the right places can enhance and element in a home. One of the best characteristics of using potted material is what it looks like from the interior as well. When placed correctly, it also adds dimension to interior as well.
This post is written by (me) Don Gilmartin in order to inspire the DIY, design & flipping community. As CEO and founder of Fliptechs I have over 20 years of design, construction, and real estate, experience to share.