Potted plants can provide a much-needed focal point.

Whether it is on your patio, outside your dining-room window or behind your pool, a pop of color always benefits a desert landscape.

Adding an attractive, proportional pot full of summer blooms fits this bill nicely.

• Choose a pot that properly fills the space. A pot by the front door may be only 18 to 20 inches wide, while a pot out beyond the pool needs to be bigger (24 to 30 inches, perhaps).

• Make sure you will be able to get water to the pot based on the plant’s needs. A garden hose or an irrigation system is the preferred method for larger pots, but a pot by your door can often be handled with a watering can.

• You can add color with both the pot itself and the plant. Coordinate the color with your decor and style.

• Choose only a few colors to put into one pot. Over the long term, you will enjoy the pot more if it is not too busy.

• Deadhead flowers regularly, and use a water-soluble fertilizer every two weeks to help them bloom all summer long.

Flowers included in this pot are:

• Fan flower (Scaevola)

• Purple summer snaps (Angelonia)

• Black pearl ornamental pepper (Capsicum annuum)

• Red pentas (Pentas lanceolata)

Marylee is the Desert’s Potted Garden Expert. Email her with comments or questions at potteddesert@gmail.com.