Container Gardening—Sometimes Simpler Is Better
Some years I want to cram everything into a pot; the more congested with plants the more exciting a grouping of containers become. However, some years I want simple, clean, architectural statements. The year I planted this grouping it was simply one plant per pottery piece.
Aeonium 'Schwarzkopf' was a hit in the olive jar with black rocks for mulch. The ti plant Cordyline 'Red Sister' stood tall in the other container. A large terra cotta finial made a third element that stood guard over the mosaic piece on the wall. Everything from the wall color, plants, and pottery had similar hues and made a nice focal point on the deck.
Both plants are tender in the Pacific Northwest, so they must be wintered over in a greenhouse or bright sunny spot indoors. Once the weather warms and settles, they can be slowly acclimated to living outdoors for another season.