I planted these containers for a client last fall. The topiary arborvitae was in place, but she wanted color for the winter (we are so lucky to live in the Pacific Northwest where we can have color in the winter!). I added heuchera, a variegated carex sedge, a small heather, variegated lonicera (bush honeysuckle), pansies and chrysanthemums. The mums didn’t make it beyond a few weeks, but everything else sailed through the winter, passed merrily into spring and is overjoyed that summer is almost here! The pansies just won’t quit blooming, the heuchera has filled out, the lonicera continues to grow over the edge and I keep telling these two pots ‘you were supposed to be seasonal! I was going to add spring color, summer sun (we did put in a few dahlias and petunias) or perhaps more perennials. But instead of fading, you just kept getting better….more color, more texture, more flowers from those crazy pansies!’ I did fertilize with Alaska Fish Fertilizer once or twice a month and here are the results:
The hour is upon us and it’s time to garden. Minute by minute we wait for the sun to warm up the winter earth. Seconds slip by and seasons pass. We travel through days and weeks, yet the garden remains timeless. It covers the planet and still fits inside a tiny globe. It’s always time to garden.
I like this container design for its simplicity and repetition. And the colors are cool!
The colors of this plant are so diverse, it’s like using an artist’s palette in the garden. Amethyst, purple, chartreuse, black, caramel, multi-colored, chocolate, red, peach, burgundy and bronze are just a sampling of the colors. This North American Native, also known as coral bells, is a perennial favorite with many uses; deer resistance, flowers for cutting, dramatic foliage color, container or woodland garden, and attractive to hummingbirds. It blooms in the spring and summer with either red, pink or white flowers on tall, airy stalks. Size can be about 12 by 12 inches and grows best in full sun or partial shade. Heuchera plants are happiest with neutral or slightly alkaline soil, so adding lime once a year in our area would help them thrive. Happy heuchera!
This is the container I created named Rio, because my daughter said it reminded her of a parrot. The color theme is red, with a silver accent and here are the players:
1. Weeping Larch tree: Larix decidua ‘pendula’
2. New Zealand Flax: Phormium cookianum ‘flamingo’
3. Fuchsia ‘gartenmeister bonstedt’
1. Heather: Calluna ‘spring torch’
2. Stonecrop: Sedum spathulifolium
3. Sedum: Sempervivum pacific ‘blazing star, tectorum red flush, black’
4. Begonia mocca scarlet: ‘carnea’
5. Japanese painted Fern: Athyrium niponicum
6. Dusty Miller ‘cirrus’
7. Coleus ‘glennis’
1. Amazon Sunset parrots beak
2. Euonymous fortunei ‘wolong ghost’
3. Blackie Sweet Potato Vine: Ipomoea batatas
4. Creeping Charlie: Glechoma hederacea
This year the employees outdid themselves with some creative and contemporary designs. Notice the contrast in color, texture and shape which lead to a beautiful finished product. It’s always fun to try something a little bit different.