Day 111 – Build an Extra Room With Containers

This restaurant in Seaside, Florida must have been growing so fast that they needed to add a room on really fast – so they built an extra room with these luscious planters. Filled with Mandevilla, Pentas, annual Vinca, Cordyline, Rosemary, Lemon Balm, Verbena, and probably several other things that I can’t see, I loved the cozy yet open feeling this planter wall provides.

Day 110 – Mobile Magic

In Mobile, Ala for the Gulf States Hort Expo, still have no internet, so join me here for A Spot of Tea – great breakfast and great windowboxes!

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Day 109 – Is A Raised Bed A Container?

Sure it is. Especially when I have no internet access all day and have to post my blog from pictures from my phone. This picture was at Leanne Barron’s garden during the home tour last year. Veggie gardening in containers is becoming more popular with dwarf varieties available from folks like Renee’s Garden.

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Day 108 – Always Room for A Few More Sedum

If you ever get to Atlanta, you HAVE to go by Saul Nursery. Yesterday I talked about needing inspiration. Saul Nursery IS inspiration! These are just a few of the fabulous sedum plantings that they had displayed at the Southern Nursery Association’s meeting several years ago. These type of low maintenance containers would be such fun to place around your landscape for just a little spot of structure among a mesh of plantings.

Day 107 – Looking For Inspiration

Right now I’m in the middle of designing over 300 different containers that will go in our developments this spring here in Middle Tennessee – Westhaven, Laurelbrooke, Windstone, and McEwen. I’m looking at the list of the new plants ordered and imagining all the possibilities of combinations. One thing that I love to do is check out what other people have dreamed up for their containers, so I went back to flip through picture of gardens I’d visited over the last year. These were some of the most interesting, not particularly for what they were planted with but for how they were arranged here on the steps of the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, CA.
I wish I knew how to attach music to this blog because about right now I’d like to be playing the theme music to 2001 Space Odyssey. These round saucer planters look like they’ve invaded the planet Getty. Surely if you look close enough there will be a little green man waiting to say, “Take me to your leader.”

These actually created a powerful visual, especially with the female statue that seems to be saying, “NO! I won’t go with you!”

So now these have got me thinking about what I can do with our containers that will get people thinking about more than just what’s in the pot…

…and I know I’m going to get some wisecracks from that last statement, especially from you California folk!

Day 103 – It’s Retro Thursday!

Retro Thursday – a look at containers from seasons’ past.

Last summer I spent a couple of days in Chicago and stayed with a friend who lives in the suburbs. On my early morning walk through her old neighborhood I saw these wonderful stone walls with planter space along the top of the walls.

This very shady part of the wall hosted pink and white Impatiens, with the corner spilling over with Dichondra argentea ‘Silver Falls’. Dichondra usually likes a sunny spot so this area must get a good dose of afternoon sun.

This area of the wall held a Coleus (Solenostemon scutellariodes) which look like the variety called ‘Redhead’, a lighter yellow flower that looks like an Argyranthemum frutescens (marguerite) and the deeper yellow flower looks to be either a Bidens ferulifolia, a variety of Zinnia maritima – a trailing zinnia, or even a type of Sanvitalia speciosa. I’d love to hear your guesses, too.

Day 102 – Big, Bold, Beautiful

When this planter was first placed at our Westhaven Town Center, I thought to myself, “This looks like I’m planting up a UFO spaceship.” I also thought, “Oh, goody, I get to use something really big!” I’d been wanting to test the hardiness of the Ilex vomitoria f. pendula (Weeping yaupon holly) which is reported as being only hardy to zone 7. We’re zone 6 so planting this in a container instead of the ground increases the risk factor for survival. This picture was taken a week after temperatures were in the teens and I’m still seeing healthy stems. I planted around the rootball with Abelia x Grandiflora ‘Rose Creek’, Santolina chamaecyparissus (Lavender Cotton), and threw in a miniature Juniper chinensis ‘Gold Lace’ in the front, a few Pansies and Hedera helix (English Ivy) to fill the holes around the edge.

These berries and leaves still look good after several hard freezes. Ask me this spring how this holly did!