Over the past few years, outdoor spaces have grown into outdoor retreats. Great care is taken to pick the right seating and dining to match the welcoming style the homeowner desires. When creating these spaces, choosing the right pots, plants and garden décor to accessorize your outdoor retreat is equally important as choosing the right seating and dining. Whether your style is tropical, southwestern, traditional or contemporary you will want to take as much care in selecting the accessories as you did in choosing your seating and dining.

One way to add impact to your outdoor décor is with potted containers. Pots come in all shapes, sizes, colors and styles and add softness to the area. Large pots can help to create style by planting trees and shrubs providing shade or privacy. Medium and small pots can give the area bursts of color and texture. It is important to remember several points when placing containers inyour outdoor area. Choose containers that complement the style and color of
the area you are accessorizing. Plastic containers in highly stylized seating and dining areas will lose impact. Choose qualities that work specifically with the plant material you are using. Some containers are more porous than others which mean they dry out faster. Make sure your plant material is compatible with your container. Consider shape and size not only for your plants, trees or shrubs that you will be planting but your décor as well. Look for containers which will create style and impact in the space you are creating. Good places to get ideas are design magazines and websites such as Houzz and Pinterest. Note how the containers are used to not only accessorize but to function within the space
Choose plant material in the same manner you choose containers. Think about the décor style and
brumleyg3how you want the plants to function. Will they be creating shade, color, or privacy? Is your area more suitable to a southwestern look with succulents or is it more traditional with lots of color and more traditional plants and flowers. Maybe it is more contemporary where greenery would be a consideration. It is also important to be aware of sun vs. shade areas as well as time needed to care for your container décor. A landscape designer or local garden center can help you with making all of these decisions.
Investing in nature with potted containers in your outdoor living space is the final touch to a completed look you will love and enjoy for years to come