Indoor Outdoor Planting Ideas ~ After walking through Butchart Gardens you leave with many indoor outdoor planting ideas for designing your home and garden!
Last month my husband and I made a trip out to Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. This island is located on the west coast of Canada and is truly a stunning and gorgeous area to visit any time of the year. The climate on this island is much milder and the growing season is much longer.
So while my husband attended some training related to his work during the day I was able to do some exploring on my own. The highlight for me was my visit to Butchart Gardens. If you have been following me for a while on the blog you will know that I am a passionate gardener. Even though it was early Spring there was still so much to see. As I toured the gardens I not only took in its overall beauty but I also spent some time looking for possible gardening indoor outdoor ideas. I was totally inspired.
I am always looking for ideas for inspiration and perhaps even try myself. I am always amazed by the creative ideas on Pinterest, Hometalk and the blogs that I like to read. Gosh people are talented! It is also fun to look in books and magazines and my favourite home décor and gardening shops. But I have to admit I also like to visit the real thing. Butchart Gardens was truly breathtaking and I had my camera busy taking a lot of pictures during my visit.
Butchart Gardens has as indoor area they feature in early Spring called ‘Prelude To Spring’. They turn the dining room that is usually open during the busier times of the year into an indoor conservatory filled with all kinds of plants, flowers and even trees. Can you imagine? I would love to know how much soil is brought in and removed again each time the dining room is converted. Since it was an indoor garden filled with Spring blooming flowers the strong fragrance was the first thing I noticed when I walked inside. A lot of the photographs were taken in this indoor area. If you want to see what the outdoor gardens looked like during my visit I invite you to visit Butchart Gardens Early Spring Visit where I share my tour from some different and interesting perspectives.
So I want to be clear that the ideas I am sharing with you are not from my home. But you may see a couple of them show up in my house or my garden in the future and I may be sharing what I did with them on the blog. Let’s take a look at some…
Indoor Outdoor Planting Ideas
Idea #1 – Fill The Base Of A Planted Tree In A Large Plant Pot With Plants And Flowers Too!
This first thing I noticed was this gorgeous tree. The base of the pot was also filled with white flowers and green foliage hanging over the sides. I immediately recognized my strategy for creating outdoor arrangements that you will want to read in 5-Step Instructions: How To Design A Christmas, Outdoor Floral Arrangement and How To Make A Fall Floral Outdoor Arrangement. Do you recognize the thriller, filler and spiller in this photograph?
I was also thinking that you could do the same thing with an artificial tree and silk flowers and silk greenery. Add some twinkle lights for a sparkling effect and place it on an outdoor porch or patio or in a special spot in your home and you have a pretty awesome looking feature.
Idea #2 – Plant Multiple Amaryllis Bulbs In One Planter Along With Other Green Plants
I thought this was a lovely way to showcase blooming amaryllis. I usually plant one bulb per pot. I had never thought to add a collection to a larger pot and have it growing among some other green plants. It looks like there are about eight amaryllis plants in the planter, which would be quite pricey. But I see this totally working with two or three of these gorgeous flowers.
Idea #3 – Plant Several Orchids Together In An Urn Planter And Cover The Base With Spanish Moss
I love orchids and have had a lot of success with the one white one that I own. But this planter with a collection of pink coloured orchids in a cement urn and some Spanish moss to finish it off is really quite stunning. I recently had dinner at a friend’s home and she had a plant pot filled with about five small orchids placed on the buffet in her dining room. Somehow the orchids seem to be even more beautiful when grouped together.
Idea #4 – Plant Two Different Kinds Of Flowers With Different Colours Together In A Cluster For Visual Impact
I mentioned that the flower fragrance was quite noticeable and lovely and it was due to these beauties. I loved how two different kinds of flowers and colours were mass planted in clusters. Most of my garden is a random splash of colour but I do like to create outdoor planters with just a couple of colours for impact. The soft pink and blue combination and the bright red and white combination were both striking.
Idea #5 – Group Coordinating Plant Pots Together Filled With A Variety Of Plants To Create An Interesting Vignette
This next plant collection is a lovely vignette. What a brilliant idea to plant a variety of plants in the same pots but different sizes. I have an area in my kitchen that this planting idea would so work. It would also make watering plants much simpler because they were all in one location. I also like that the pots are a basic charcoal colour allowing the different plants to be what is noticed. I have got to get some more Spanish moss too to add to my indoor pots. It just gives it a nice finished look.
Idea #6 – Vertical Succulent Planters Create Living Works Of Art Hanging On A Wall
Vertical succulent planters are very popular. This one was gorgeous. It was like looking at a living piece of art. I am growing some succulents on my windowsill right now by the kitchen sink with a lot of success. They really are low maintenance plants to take care off and this is proof that they have a lot of potential to be planted different ways.
Idea #7 – Have Fun Putting Together Interesting Combinations Of Plants, Grasses And Flowers Interesting Containers
This is the last idea that I wanted to share with you. Every garbage container at Butchart Gardens was also an outdoor planter. I loved this combination of plants even though it was a mismatch of flowers, grasses and greens planted together. Gardening can also be about planting things together to make interesting combinations!
These are just some of the many ideas I walked away with after my visit to the gardens. I love being inspired and I am always looking for new ways of doing things. I won’t be applying every idea but my wheels are turning a bit right now with possibilities for indoor outdoor planting ideas.
Which ideas caught your eye? Where do you like to go for your inspirations and ideas? Thank you so much for joining me while I share indoor outdoor planting ideas!
You might also want to check out these out too where I give you a tour of my garden. It isn’t anything like Butchart Gardens but I am pretty proud of ‘Thea’s Gardens’!