May 29, 2011

Awesome Container Gardening That Will Stop People in their Tracks

I DECIDED BE BE INSPIRED, SO I HAVE USED A MIXTURE OF TROPICALS, SUCCULENTS AND ODD COLOR COMBOS THAT ARE FUN AND EYE CATCHING. 
Even us experts look to books and magazines for ideas when planting summer containers. Every year I try to do something different, which is hard when it feels as if you've tried everything! This year, I decided to look at some favorite books to see what I might try together, mixing annuals, tropicals, houseplants and even succulents all together. As a designer, I know that ideas can come from anywhere, an old magazine from an antiques show, an eBay gardening magazine from the early twentieth century, or even a classic gardening book on containers . You might even want to try a classic branded website where there is lots of information daily about container gardens and home gardening ideas that anyone can use. 

OK, IT'S A BLACK AND WHITE THEME, IT SHOULD LOOK GREAT IN A MONTH, WITH TROPICAL WHITE CALADIUM AND BLACK COLOCASIA. 

I will top this off with gravel to hide the soil, but this mustard, gold and bronze tinted container will explode in a massive container of foliage and tropical colors in July and August.

A Japanese magazine inspired me here, with peach Gazania, lavender verbena, mustard colored Heuchera and burgundy coleus.

6 comments :

  1. Hi Matt! Very timely article! I was just looking at my empty containers, thinking that it's time to fill them with plants! I like your containers very much. The first one is my favorite.

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  2. Gorgeous stuff! I actually read those readers digest books too! Sometimes I find them on sale and think "Outdated, common, etc." No! Always, always, always something to learn and always worth reading!

    Keep up the good work!

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  3. I love an occasional trip to the tropics even in my own cottage style garden.

    Great ts.

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  4. Anonymous8:55 AM

    Very nice blog. I am going to fave it and come back. :)
    thanks

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  5. Hey Matt! Great and creative combos! I'm going shopping today to a nearby nursery for my container plants. In your last photo is that an Arisaema of some sort peeking its leaf out? I just bought an A. sikokianum from RDG with the silver streaked leaves so that's what make me think it was in your container. Hope to see you soon!

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  6. Hi Amy, yes, that is a tiny little Arisaema. Surprisingly, it survived the winter in another container, but then again, it was under 5 feet of snow. I love the foliage, so I it will remain in this container until autumn, but after that...into to garden!

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