Magazine article Sunset

Exotic Theme Pots

Magazine article Sunset

Exotic Theme Pots

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* Jean Manocchio of Belli Fiori in Redwood City, California, specializes in container gardens. Sometimes her designs are spontaneous, developed while she's shopping at the nursery. But more often, she starts with a theme. "Themes keep you focused, and they help unify the look," she explains.

Using permanent landscape plants, Manocchio chose different themes for the pots shown here and for the one on page 114. Then she selected the color palettes for the plants. Finally, she looked for appropriate containers to complement the themes. "I always choose unusual potsones with interesting shapes and colors," she says.

Jean

Manocchio's

tips:

* Consider the effect. Before you shop for plants, think about the look you want to achieve. Plants can be bold, soft, or sculptural.

* Choose plants wisely Select plant colors to coordinate with the container and elements around your garden and home. You can change plants from season to season (spring and fall) or choose more permanent plants (perennials, shrubs) that last two years or longer. But make sure plants are compatible; don't mix sun and shade plants together. …

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