Fall is already turning the garden brown and brittle, but you can continue to enjoy the lush greenery and fragrant blooms of your summer garden by moving favorite plants indoors. Some plants can be planted in large decorative pots and moved inside in stages to allow them to adjust to the warmer indoor climate.
For the first week, give them time outside on a sunny, sheltered porch or patio, bringing them indoors at night. Gradually increase the time spent indoors to reduce temperature shock. Be sure to keep transitioning plants well watered.
You may also wish to buy first-quality specimens from garden centers to add a particular color or texture to a room. Instead of combining several smaller plants into a large planter as you might outdoors, consider pairing single, large specimen plants with attractive floor planters specifically chosen to complement each plant. Color and scale should be considered in matching plants to pots. A tall, narrow pot will emphasize the height of a plant with a strong vertical habit, or serve as a pedestal for a graceful fern. Short, squat pots will anchor tall plants nicely to the ground, or can be used to emphasize the bouquet effect of close-cropped flowers. A pot that is approximately the size of the mature plant will create a pleasing balanced look.
Here are some plant and pot pairing suggestions to get your creative juices flowing:
- Plant a large green-tipped red Coleus (Solenostemon) specimen in a tall, weathered red clay pot.
- Showcase a lovely, feathered Kimberly Queen Fern (Nephrolepsis), also known as Boston Fern, in a classic Grecian urn.
- Display variegated green Aloe Vera (Aloe) spikes in a contrasting round red enameled bowl.
- Plant rich-colored Hydrangea in large oval pottery planters.