How To: Design A Floral Container Garden

By Nicole W.

Summer officially arrives on June 20th!  If you haven’t already brightened up your outdoor space with the vibrant colors of summer, then it’s about time!  One of our favorite ways to add some color to the home is by creating gorgeous patio pots or container gardens overflowing with flowers.

At Matlack Florist, we have a large variety of pre-made container gardens for you to choose from, but for the DIY-ers out there, we thought we would share a little how-to just for you!

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Step One:  Choose Your Container

When choosing a container, be sure to pick one that has adequate drainage. Drainage is extremely important to plant health. If your container does not already have drainage holes, then drill them yourself if possible.  If you prefer not to drill through your container, then you can create an area to hold excess water by laying a 2-inch layer of gravel before filling your container with potting soil.

There are many different materials available to fit your taste and needs. From terra cotta (1) to ceramic pots (2) and wooden containers (3) to wrought iron planters with coco liners (4), we carry a wide variety of options at Matlack Florist!

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Step Two:  Choose Your Plants

There are many things to consider when choosing an assortment of plants to put into your container garden.

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Romantic Wedding in Pinks and Whites

Introducing Amanda and Mike, who were married on a beautiful spring day this past May! The romantic ceremony and reception were held at Mendenhall Inn in Delaware, and Amy Tucker Photography perfectly captured the beauty and excitement of the day.

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The bridal bouquet was crafted in pale shades of pinks and whites, to include full white peonies, soft pink ranunculus, pale pink roses, dusty miller, viburnum and light touches of babies breath.

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Autumn Inspiration for Your Front Porch!

The fall season is a favorite here at Matlack Florist!  It is marked by the arrival of vibrantly-colored mums, pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, cornstalks, straw bales and so much more fun fall harvest decor.  With so many elements to this season, there are oh so many ways to create beautiful home displays that stretch from the first day of fall through the Thanksgiving holiday!

Whether you are looking for ideas to entice trick-or-treaters or to welcome family and friends into your home for a holiday feast, read on to find the perfect festive fall decor ideas for your front porch!

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There are certain autumnal elements that really bring the season in for us. This front porch display includes them all: Cornstalks accented with a Fall Bow, a 9″ Mum in a Clay Pot, and Pumpkins, Gourds and Indian Corn all sitting atop a Straw Bale.  When all of these elements are gathered and displayed together, what you get is the perfect fall display!
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This beautiful window box includes the perfect balance of mums, ornamental peppers, kale, sweet potato vine and a mix of mini pumpkins and gourds. We added a decorative metal coneflower accent for the final touch!

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Chic Pink and Gray Wedding

Let us introduce you to newlyweds Devon and Anthony, who came to us for the floral work for their May wedding. If you were to ask a crowd what their favorite flowers are, you would be likely to hear peonies, hydrangea, roses, and calla lilies as your most popular answers.  Well, this wedding includes them all, in beautiful shades of pink and white.

Reiner Photography perfectly captured the beauty of this celebration, which was held at Penn Oaks Golf Club.  The ceremony took place at Notre Dame de Lourdes.

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Inspiration: Pallets

Pallets seem to be a hot commodity these days in the DIY market!  Not only can you make some fun upcycled furniture, but they’ve become increasingly popular to use in the garden! We’ve collected a few of our favorite flower-centric pallet projects to share with you here!  Simply follow the links to find the how-to’s for each of these projects!!


Perfect for a DIY beginner, this project couldn’t be easier! Simply find a pallet that is in good shape, spray paint in the color of your choice, and use the pallet as a shelving unit for your plants! We love the orange and yellow color combo in this photo!!

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They say a cluttered desk is a cluttered mind.  Well, the same goes for your potting bench!!  This garden tool organizer is the perfect solution!

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Intimate Peach and White Wedding

Meet Erin and Eric, who were married this May!

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Their intimate wedding was held at the Faunbrook Bed and Breakfast, an historic mansion tucked away on the edge of West Chester borough.  Erin wanted a simple, yet elegant, collection of peach and white flowers in her bridal bouquet.  We crafted a bouquet that included white hydrangea, white peonies, white roses with splashes of peach ranunculus and peach spray roses, all tied together with a white satin ribbon.

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Sweet Pink and White Wedding

The sweet pinks and creamy colors of this wedding softly whisper elegance and romance. The beautiful bride’s bouquet was crafted with light pink peonies and roses, accented by white hydrangea, with stems wrapped in white satin ribbon.

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Marsala: 2015 Pantone Color of the Year

Every year, Pantone Institute, the ultimate expert on color trends, scans the pop culture universe to determine the next up-and-coming color!  This year, the winner is Marsala, a rich earthy wine-toned hue of red.

If the past is any indicator of the future, then you’ll soon be seeing this color everywhere you go, from runways to movie screens, from beauty products to interior decor.  And lest not we forget about floral designs!  We’ve gathered some floral inspiration for you to gaze your eyes on all in this year’s favorite color:  Marsala!  Enjoy!

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Clear the Air with Plants

Get a breath of fresh air without having to leave your home by placing air-cleansing plants around your house!  Indoor projects, such as painting, installing carpets or even simply cleaning, unfortunately often release toxins into the air in your home.  Three of the biggest offenders found in most homes include formaldehyde , benzene and trichloroethylene.

Luckily, nature has a way of cleaning up after us!!  The following plants are known to have air cleansing properties.  Displaying any of the these plants will not only bring a natural touch of beauty into your home, but will also lead to cleaner air and a healthier environment!

English Ivy (Hedera helix)

English Ivy filters all three of the big offenders listed above!  An excellent climber, English Ivy is best potted with a stake that allows the vine to climb, or in a hanging basket that allows the vines to grow over the sides.  This plant thrives in small spaces with little sunlight, and it is very easy to care for!  Simply water as needed to keep the soil consistently moist!

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Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

Peace lilies are one of the best plants when it comes to air filtration!  In addition to removing formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene, this air purifier also combats toluene, xylene and ammonia!  A low light location is ideal for this plant and weekly watering will keep it in tip-top shape!  Be careful not to overwater your peace lily – this is the most common mistake made with regard to its care.  Your plant will let you know when it is thirsty as the leaves will begin to look droopy.  Give it a little drink and it will perk right back up!

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