This year I wanted to take things up a notch. First step was to gather vintage white clay pots I've collected for years. Plant choices were next and that's the biggest change. Instead of rooting and potting up different existing plants, I started fresh with a single Micron Holly (Ilex vomitoria 'Gremicr') in each of the six larger pots. Micron Holly is a tiny-leafed variety of native Yaupon Holly and perfect for this application since Dwarf Yaupon Holly already grows well in my shady front yard. Deer resistant, low water once established, and cold hardy which means I won't have to carry them indoors this fall. Mature size is 1-2 ft. tall x 2-3 ft. wide so they'll not outgrow these pots for a while.
A few succulents from last year have found their way into the mix while smaller pots are training Rosemary topiaries which will need larger pots as they grow. Having the same plant in the larger pots gives the area a much more pulled-together look and my vintage pot collection shows up better. Now I need to find a place for all those other pots!
Since this is the last Friday of June, I'm linking to Danger Garden to feature Micron Holly as my favorite plant of the month.