I’ve wavered a lot on the state of the flagstone planter that creates a half-wall in our living room. It’s not a design feature that’s necessarily hot on my list to resolve–as awesomely authentic to the 50’s ranch style as it is–but we have spent some time exploring what our options may be with this cool feature.
First of all, when we moved in, the planter was filled with plastic cascading plants. Those are gone. They weren’t of a terrible quality though (more rubbery than discolored silky), which naturally meant that I felt inclined to hoard them like a crazy plant lady, in a cardboard box, in the garage, after giving them a thorough spray down with the hose.
We have two visions. One would call for us to have a giant weighs-more-than-we-do piece of blue flagstone cut to size to serve as a permanent cap on the opened planter. This would immediately make it a catch-all for toys, jackets, bags, etc., and we’re messy enough as it is, so I’m not sure how I feel about that. Plus, can we get it to match closely? Plus, $$$.
Alternately, we like the idea of refilling it with more plants, but because it is a very shaded room, we’ll have to go the faux-route, just with something more appealing than the mashup of what was there.
We shopped around Preferred Plants for some inspiration. This is the place we had our wedding last winter, and we received a gift card from some friends that we still have yet to use, which makes it both convenient, and only a wee bit $. We were initially drawn to a few of the taller leafy and grassy options that the store has for sale on the floor (or could special order us through their suppliers), but I really liked the idea of using short wheatgrass panels instead once they caught my eye. The panels are 6″x6″ and stand about 4″ in height, and would cost just under $20/each. By my measurements, we’d need 12 pieces.
I couldn’t figure out why I liked them so much at the time, but have since realized that they’re a design feature in one of our favorite date night destinations in Rochester (The Gate House), so, shoot, there we go. They look pretty cool, and I haven’t even have the desire to take scissors to them and trim the tops like I trimmed my troll doll hair. What, who’s OCD?
Our friends at Preferred Plants let us borrow some of their inventory so that we could test it out at home (and confirm measurements) before deciding if we were going to invest. I didn’t create a frame to level them on–something I would eventually do to guarantee a solid base–but used an assortment of books and DVDs on which I could lay the grasses as we began to consider them.
I liked it for what it was, a fresh low-pile kind of way to accent this feature in the house without creating a tall visual barrier between it and the front entryway. If anything, I thought it might have looked a little too asian-inspired for the space, and that was my only qualm. Pete immediately saw it as a place that kids would destroy; in essence, it is the perfect playground for dinosaurs, dolls, and soldiers.
So, we’re back to square one. Thoughts and recommendations?