How to Make a Potted Floral Arrangement

This is our favorite time of year when flowers are finally blooming and vegetables are ready to be planted. More than 20 years ago, Kaylene Kroul started growing flowers in one of the buildings on our farm. Now, five out of seven of our greenhouses overflow with colorful plants.

Many of our customers in eastern Iowa want their homes to reflect the season, as they’re starting to spend more time outside. We have many varieties of annual and perennial flowers and grasses to get you started. One of the best ways to add a pop of color to your front doorstep, patio or balcony is by making a potted floral arrangement that will last all season long. 

You can pick up one of our potted arrangements or hanging baskets for an easy fix, or you could take part in our custom pot program. You can email us at or bring your pots to the farm. We’ll ask a few questions about your preferences and where the pots will be located. Then, we’ll create an arrangement for your tastes in the planters you already love. Learn more about the custom pot program here:

If you’d rather try it yourself, here are a few tips to keep in mind.

Find ideal placement

You can’t begin to craft a beautiful piece until you decide where you want to feature your arrangement. Consider the size of your space and the amount of foot traffic around it. Floral arrangements can make a great seasonal addition to a front stoop, frame one or both sides of a doorway, sit on a front step, be displayed on a deck or balcony or hang from a basket. The placement is going to determine the size and style of your arrangement. If you want more of a showpiece, it doesn’t make much sense to place it on the back step where you’ll never see it. But you’d want to enjoy the piece on your deck if you plan to soak up the rays on your porch throughout the summer. 

Will you have a lot of movement around your arrangement? You don’t want a massive planter blocking a highly trafficked doorway or delicate, draping plants in a place where they’ll get damaged when people or animals brush against them. Heavy planters made of clay or terra cotta aren’t easily damaged or tipped over if someone bumps into them. If you don’t live with many kids, pets or ungraceful individuals, a planter made from composite materials, wood, metal or plastic would be fine.

Most importantly, the placement of your planters determines the types of flowers and greenery you put in it. You’ll need to know how much sun your plants will receive throughout the day to determine if you need shade-tolerant, full-sun or partial-sun plants. If you live in Iowa, you know the weather can change on a dime. Take a few days to keep track of the amount of sunlight various areas around your home receive.

Consider your style

Think about the style you want your arrangement to have, beginning with the planters your arrangement will sit in. You’ll also want to use pots and plants that align with the style of your home.

If your style is more muted or you’re looking for a modern look, use a planter with clean lines and a neutral color. A planter with clean lines that flow into the base of the pot is best. Neutrals would be good for an earthy style with wood, stone or metal planters. For those looking for an eye-catching display, urn planters or a multidimensional piece are the way to go. Add drama with a trellis inserted into the pot, placing soil and vining plants such as ivy or black-eyed susan vine around the base to create a topiary.  

Purchase in person

The most important tips to keep in mind when buying is to purchase plants in person and find those that can be planted together. Make a plan of what to do buy before you go, or ask our staff for creative inspiration.

Just because you can purchase anything online doesn’t mean you should. The plants you find at a local greenhouse are varieties that grow well in Iowa’s plant hardiness zone. You don’t want a dessert plant sitting outside during humid Iowa summers where it can rot after a rainstorm. You also don’t want a tropical plant you shipped from Hawaii freezing if the temperature dips to 40 or 50 degrees one night. You can find tropical and desert plants — and everything else between — that grow well in Iowa at your local greenhouse. 

Another thing to keep in mind is that you want to plant varieties that grow well together in the container. If you don’t know which plants thrive best together, ask our staff! While succulents and zinnias both do best in full sun, succulents require a bit sandier soil so they don’t get waterlogged. Choose plants that need the same soil with similar amounts of sunlight.

Arrange creatively

Use fillers such as sweet potato vine, ivy or creeping jenny around the edges of a pot so they flow down the planter. Waving petunias or trailing vinca would also drape nicely. Tall grasses draw the eye to the back or center of an arrangement. Large flowers such as geraniums, zinnias or snapdragons belong in the center. You could even sprinkle in some delicately flowering lantanas, impatiens, sweet alyssum or baby’s breath for an added touch.  

Now is the time to get creative! You could use various colors or shades of all the same color of flowers or greenery to create a monochromatic look.

Contact us today to get your own custom pot that matches your style!


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