When buying a plant the first and foremost consideration is the plant itself. You want the best specimen you can find. But an overlooked benefit is the pot the plant comes in. Even if the pot looks a little worse for wear...and some of them do.
In the nursery trade there are a couple of kinds of pots. Smaller specimens, such as a four inch or one gallon size, are usually grown in a fairly cheap pot made through a process called blow molding. These pots are very thin and that’s fine. It’s only a temporary home until the plant finds a spot in your garden. Those are useful for potting up divisions to give to friends or to grow on a smaller plant until it's ready for a permanent home in the garden.
|simple nursery pot with a coat of |
copper metalic paint.
Nursery pots are an idea DIY project. After I’ve collected enough pots of the same size and decide how I want to use them in the garden the next step is a trip to the paint store. For this project I used Benjamin Moore Metallic Glaze. There are a variety of good quality metallic paints that can transform a little black pot into the horticultural equivalent of the little black dress. My color of choice is copper because it’s a natural match for a lot of color tones in the garden and it’s something that has been traditionally used as part of garden culture. Golds and silvers also work fine on plastic pots but tend to look better for interior use. Unless you moved into Liberace’s old house in Vegas, then, it’s gold inside and gold outside and maybe some on the upstairs maid too.
|Three freshly painted pots drying. Don't rush the|
drying process. It only takes a couple of hours.
Allow the pot to dry for a least two hours or until it is no longer tacky. If you plant before the pot is completely dry soil will adhere to the paint and ruin the entire effect.