The all-container garden
How to create a lush backyard without putting a single plant in the ground
Gutierrez may be professionally biased toward containers: She’s the co-owner, with Mary Gray, of Potted, a garden-design shop in L.A.’s Atwater Village. But a potted garden also suits her space. Her three dogs can’t dig into containers as they would with beds. She also likes the color and sculptural look the vessels add: “The plants are accentuated by the pot they’re in rather than just being massed together in the ground.”
Another upside to the garden is that it continuously feeds Gutierrez’s love of design.
“I get to redecorate over and over,” she says. “I just move my pots around a little and I have a whole new yard.”
Graptoveria ‘Fred Ives’ (in orange pot), aeonium (in chartreuse pot), Echeveria ‘Afterglow’ (in low blue-green pot), Agave attenuata and aeonium (in tall green pot), and sword fern (far right).