I had purchased some fall mums to replace some of my waning summer plants. You know how potted plants look when you buy them - plain. Just plain. We have no in ground planting space on our patio, so everything is planted in pots. I like for things to look as much like a garden as possible. This is how the patio looked in summer.
I spent many years working as a floral designer and have covered literally thousands of potted plants with pot foil. You know that stuff florists use when you receive a potted plant? It is shiny, comes in different colors, and usually has a bit of a brocade look to it. It is sealed on the inside to be waterproof. I'm here to tell you I can cover potted plants in my sleep. Then, they are usually decorated with a big bow. I can make those in my sleep too. Mercy me the hours I have spent covering pots and making bows. Whew.
I wanted to jazz up the patio for fall/Halloween and didn't really want plain black pots. Burlap was the answer and I happened to have a couple of yards on hand. Pot sizes are measured in inches. The pot in the picture above is a 10 inch pot, I had two 8" pots of mums and two 6" pots of mums. Here is how to cover a potted plant.
You will need burlap and some wooden skewers to use with the burlap. Remember, this is for outside use. The burlap is not waterproof like pot foil and will leak if you water an indoor plant. You will need a plastic saucer under the plant if you do this for indoor use.
I also used jute twine in place of ribbon. I just really like it because it is rustic looking. Feel free to use ribbon if you prefer. I also had some fall berries that I got at the Dollar Tree and added those as a little something extra. Here is what you do.
Set your pot on the burlap and pull up the burlap on each side until you know the pot will be covered. I couldn't do that and take a picture at the same time. Hope you understand what I mean. You should have a large square when finished. Then, pull a thread horizontally and vertically so you can cut the burlap straight. Just grab a thread on the side of the burlap where you need to cut and pull it all the way across. You will have an opening between the threads that allows you to cut the fabric straight.
Next, cut a long piece of jute twine, more than enough to go around the pot and tie in a bow. Pull the extra burlap up close to the pot and wrap the twine tightly around the pot and tie it behind the front skewer pulling the twine as tight as you can get it to hold the burlap up on the pot.
Next, I cut some stems of the berries and tied them with the twine, then made a shoestring bow. The finished pot looks like this.
Here is a picture of the little corner garden on the patio. Everything is in pots, so it is easily changed with the season. Can't wait for Christmas!
Tomorrow, I think I may go get some pansies to replace the begonias around the patio because they won't last through the winter. Pansies will bloom here most of the winter. They like cool weather.
Have you decorated for fall or Halloween? If you haven't started yet, give this inexpensive way to cover your pots a try. It really is easy and makes them look so much better! Have fun!!
Things to Remember:
A garden is a delight to the eye and a solace for the soul. -- Sadi