Bring a fiesta of color to your patio and play up your plants with fabulously flamboyant polychrome pottery by Talavera. Pictured is a planter, but Talavera produces tiles, place settings, vases, drawer pulls, sinks and more. All are hand-painted in Dolores Hidalgo, Mexico.
The Garden Shop at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden has a wonderful selection of Talavera pieces in various shapes and sizes. All bear classical Mexican motifs ,from highly crafted floral patterns and animal designs to sweet sombrero-wearing figures at siesta that will make you smile. Pots and planters range from $19 to $169.
Succulents look terrific in these colorful pieces. Fall mums, now arriving at garden centers around town, would look pretty smashing, too.
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is at 1800 Lakeside Ave. The Garden Shop is open Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.