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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Make Your Planters Versatile

The mad dash for annuals and hanging planters has begun, making it prime time to decorate and add color for the holiday weekend. You can lose control in the annuals department when tantalized by all these splashes of immediate color. Here’s a quick suggestion for making, in this case, my impulse buy a bit more versatile. Our front porch that gets afternoon sun is not the right location for a plant that needs a bit more shade.

So here’s what I intend to do. Take an empty ceramic or terra cotta planter that normally might get filled with yearly annuals and turn it upside down and use the bottom base as a tabletop. To avoid the ugly look of the hanger with no purpose, let's snap it off the pot. Then I can move and adjust whenever I need an instant splash of color or make the base its permanent location once I find the appropriate light with plenty of free flowing space to grow properly.

To wrap it up, here’s a quote that has been attributed to many so I’ll consider it an up for grabs author. “We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails." So when you can’t resist that impulse buy, figure out how to adjust those sails.

Images of hanging planter by Ann Bilowz

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