Not what I expected. It does not look at all like the picture in the catalog (Pottery Barn), not the same shape, not the same decorative rim. It is chunkier and a brighter color.
What do you think? Is this container too orange and bulky squatting in the long strip along the garage wall --- or is the rest of the garden so pathetically itty bitty that it's just out of scale?
I think it is the latter. Everything else in this space is too small.
The tiny juniper on the very far left ('Gold Cone') needs to get some height and fill out, although it will remain an upright pillar, and it is a brighter green-gold in summer. Right now it's just too pathetic. The strawberry jars next to it --- also too small.
All of this needs to scale up. It's a front walk --- you see it from afar as you approach the house. There are large windows, and a lot of brick. It is flat and dark colored. Right now it suffers from being too tentative, even in winter. Especially in winter.
The Big Umbrian Pot actually looks to scale with the window. It is all the little things around it that make it look foolish.
The urn looks stupid now. But I like it. I like the tone-on-tone terra cotta with the brick and I do like the bulk.
The junipers will grow, the clematis will climb and flower, and I will put in other larger containers, add evergreen shrubs for mass in winter, and create a scale that complements my Big Umbrian Pot.
My new purchase is pushing me to design more dramatically for this challenging area. It's not what I ordered, but for this problem garden it may be just what the doctor ordered.