You can do the same thing outdoors in your garden or on your porch or deck. A grouping of objects and plants becomes a focal point. Here are four ways to create a thematic vignette in your garden, deck, or yard.
1 Make a still life on a table.
Group small items, such as planted containers (here we used a rusted urn and footed blue-and-white ceramic dish), and pot up with plants. For porches and shaded patio areas, use glossy-leaf tropical plants, such as colorful anthurium. To complete the vignette, add a third item (such as a bowl of berries) and you have a photo-worthy grouping.
See more about using groups of three items to create a cool look.
2 Pull up a seat, then cluster in pots.
A classic element of many formal gardens is a bench. A bench at the end of a path, walkway, or long narrow spot (such as a side yard), creates a visual destination. With a cluster of containers near the bench, you offer a visual welcome as well as a place to sit.
See more about creating a focal point in your yard.
Create a grouping of objects that draws the eye upward. Plant perennial vines, such as clematis or tropical mandevilla in a colorful container, then place a trellis against a wall on your patio for it to scramble up. Instant vertical lift!
4 Create a gallery effect.
Add a grouping of like items (such as metal sap buckets planted with floppy grasses) and line them up on a wall.
Do you want to create a vignette with indoor plants? Read this!
Written by Karen Weir-Jimerson