$99.00 USD

Creating Containers - A Year of Creating Collected Gardens in Pots

After 20+ years of making all sorts of gardens for myself and my clients - I have opinions - especially when it comes to container-based gardens. πŸͺ΄πŸͺ΄πŸͺ΄πŸͺ΄

I'm not a fan of the mixed container garden, the thriller, filler, spiller mantra, or any other formula for making what often amounts to extremely short-lived floral arrangements.

It's not that those ideas don't work - it is just too common for mixed container designs to last only slightly longer than cut flowers. πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’πŸ’

Why don't they work well? Because plants grow at different rates - they don't stay put. They compete for resources and have unique needs (regarding water, light, and nutrients).

These types of groupings are tricky to balance over the long term. To be successful requires a lot of plant knowledge or sheer dumb luck. 🀞🀞🀞🀞

And good luck creating something that endures through a whole gardening season.

I take a slightly different approach. One plant, one container. It gives a visual impact to the plants and an opportunity for you to grow each type of plant well.

It allows you to arrange and rearrange all season long (It is much more fun!). If you've struggled with container gardening - let me show you a different way... ‡


What you'll get:

1) All 7 Modules of instruction 

2) An invitation to join monthly Student Live Q&A sessions (this is an optional add-on for $27/month)

3) All downloadable Plant Lists and Instruction materials. 

4) Access to Unlimited Discounted 1:1 Consultation Sessions. (35% off)

5) Access is not timed and does not expire - you can revisit the course every year for new inspiration and assistance. 


The Course Outline: 

  • Module 1- Introductions, Goals & Tools 

  • Module 2 - How to Get Started

    How to choose pots (what style, how big, how many, where to get them, and where to put them). 

    The soil - The best mix, how to fill your pots, what to use, and some soil science basics 

    How to prep your pots and soil

  • Module 3 - Designing Your Container Collection Garden

    How to Gather inspiration, organize it, and use it to create your designs.  

    Learn to make decisions based on your location

    Assess and augment your existing style; learn how to compliment your house and garden

    How to play with color. Create easy combinations that work.

    Styling and Choosing plants to execute your design ideas

    Planting for success.

    How to Create A Simple Sketch that makes it all easier.

  • Module 4 Putting it All Together

    How many plants?  Simple formulas to make it right every time.

    Navigating the Nursery - 7 Shopping Tips for Getting Good Plants

    How to Make the Most of Online Plant Shopping

    The Cost Calculator 

    Choosing the right Plants (with plant lists)

    The 7 plant shapes and how to put them together 

    Adding Native Plants to your design

    Annuals and Perennials

    Making Climbing Plants Work 

    Wonderful Woody plants

    Mapping your pot's progression through the seasons. 

  • Module 5 - Caring for Your Potted Garden

    Irrigation - Setting your garden system up to flourish. 

    Cleaning and maintenance

    Ongoing Nutrition and fertilizer

  • Module 6 - Seasonal Design Inspiration 

    Where to get  inspiration 

    Spring Ideas  

    Summer container garden ideas 

    Fall ideas 

    Winter ideas  

  • Module 7 - Extras

    Helpful resources

    Plant Lists (Including native plant options for containers)

This course is for you if you’re looking to get new inspiration about container gardens that work year round.