One touch that lifts this display out of the ordinary is the use of subtle colour echoes-note the cream-coloured edges of the ‘Ice Dance' carex and the variegated English ivy, whose hue is picked up by the centres of the ornamental cabbage and chrysanthemum blooms-all set off by the unexpected counterpoint of the velvety, pewter-coloured leaves of ‘Cirrus' dusty miller. While the arrangement shown here has been created in a large, 60-by-55-centimetre fibreglass container, you could scale things down for a smaller pot by using fewer plants, eliminating the cedar and substituting a more delicate-looking dusty miller or artemisia for the ‘Cirrus'.
1 If your container is to be viewed from all sides, first centre the cedar in the soil, then build out your design from the middle.
2 If the container is to stand against a wall, place the cedar toward the back and work forward with your design, focusing most of the interest in the front.
3 Step back often to check your arrangement from all angles, and adjust the height and position of plants until they're pleasing to the eye.
4 For added fun, casually group some of the pumpkins and gourds around the base of your container, as shown.