Symmetry Achieved Through the Asymmetrical

These days, it seems everyone wants symmetry in their gardens. Everything must be even: same color, same size, same texture, same material, same “same”. Why not try some asymmetry? Mix sizes of the same color, or mix different colors, and your garden becomes less formal and more functional and fun. Mind blown? Afraid of change? Here are some simple examples that should ease the tension.

Most people seem more interested in purchasing even numbered intervals of planters when undertaking large landscaping or hardscaping projects. You want two matching ornamental pots to mark your entryway or back porch but you can only find that planter sold in a set of four different sizes; so, you decide to settle on something you like less just to avoid the hassle. Here is some advice to you: buy the set! Chances are that you are working on a theme, right? One of the best ways to keep a theme is to incorporate common elements. Look! You just bought your statement pieces and they came with accent pieces. Even if you do not want the extra sizes, you got them for no extra shipping cost and people love presents.

Great examples of a planter to mix sizes on are the Campania Zen Bowl in either Cast stone or Polyethylene. These pots are durable in both materials and are great for many different kinds of plantings. Utilize the different sizes when creating an herb garden, planting succulents, or doing both. Place the different sizes around your yard and porch or cluster them. You could even use the Zen Bowls made using both materials. The Polyethylene planters do extremely well in the cold and are lightweight enough to move your delicate plants indoors. The stone planters may not be as light, but they are also durable and provide more options for use (like water features).

Backtrack to those two matching ornamental pots mentioned earlier. It is not just the size you were looking for was it? It was also the color. Matching means “matching!” The problem is that most of those big pots are custom painted in foreign countries; so, you can only assume that the pretty picture online is what you will get. Forget that. You may very well get exactly what you paid for, but why go through the hassle of making those planters match perfectly when one of them needs to be replaced some day. Just think of the next door neighbor children playing your backyard, or your own children or grandchildren and one of your matching ornamental pots seems to be the goal post, until it gets accidentally knocked over.

Not to say the pots should not look similar, but try making the pots mismatch at least a little. Each piece is hand glazed – that’s why you bought them, remember? Flaunt the differences.


By: Susan Soler of the Team