Gaps in the garden and plant borders, don't we all have them? Or maybe not.
At least we do anyway, especially in the jungle area. Some of the gaps were the result of understory plants dying recently or not making an appearance from last year. Some because the plant occupying the space have already become dormant. Some because plants previously hugging the ground space are now much taller hence freeing up the space below its canopy. Whilst some simply because we haven't found the right plant yet to permanently occupy that space.
|Two Cyathea cooperi in pots here, with the Saruma leaves concealing them|
|Trachelospermum asiaticum 'Torafu'|
One of the benefits of having several potted surplus plants set aside is that you can use them to temporarily plug these gaps to achieve a fuller look in the garden. You can keep it this way for the entire growing season, or for just a few days especially if the plant used won't thrive well if placed in that gap for too long. The latter is usually the case if only a very temporary lushness is needed, say for an open garden, taking pictures, or if you have special visitors coming to view the garden.
|Use black pots as they are easier to blend away. Plunge them if possible|
|Small plants in pots can be used to blur away bigger pots|
Not every part of a border has to be composed of permanent plants. Gaps can be a good thing. Consider them as spaces for change and variety instead!