By Kim Charles

I love the open look of the petunia escaping from the birdcage. The boxwoods pull us down the path tos see a 4' tall container to the left.

Kevin Kelly has found that careful positioning of containers in the garden are both useful as textural elements and also a great support for plants.

"Recently, Kim requested additional photos from all of us on GPOD to get through the “lean times” before our gardens begin to kick into gear. At the risk of you getting sick of seeing my garden, I looked through my photos of 2016 for something new to contribute. I found these photos of pots that I have incorporated into my planting designs. Most of them are empty. I have found that adding them adds a textural element similar to hardscaping. The advantage is that they can be easily moved from one season to the next, or even throughout the same season to enhance , or even support, the plants. What do you think? Hope you enjoy the photos. Kevin Kelly."

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The large white pot gives our eye a resting spot in a busy border.

This planted container integrates well with the surrounding groundcovers.

Just enough color in a deeply shaded bed.

This upright glass bottle sparkles in the shade, rising above the groundcovers.

This pot echoes the hosta and brunnera.

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