A Peach Rose and Superbell Container Garden

IMG 2739 A Peach Rose and Superbell Container Garden

This peach themed container design works in partial sun and shade, to fully sunny locations, and features a mix of perennial and annual flowers, and shrubs.  In cool climates, only the Roses in this container will last from year to year, but in warm climates the Coleus can be perennial as well. Want to recreate this look?

The Ingredients:

  • 1  Peach ‘Daybreaker’ Floribunda Rose
  • 3 Different Varieties of Coleus
  • 3 Peach Superbells

I chose to contrast the peach of the Roses and Superbells with the bright reds and purples of Coleus, and I think it looks lush and bright, just in time for summer!

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Bright Evergreen Color For Raised Planter Boxes

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I worked with a client recently to change the landscaping in front of her newly remodeled home, including the three tiered planting boxes that framed in her front steps. Like other large planters this one held remnants of miscellaneous flowers, and a large amount of ‘Blue Rug’ Creeping Juniper, but weeds were filling in the open spaces, and the homeowner wanted something more formal and low maintenance.

Large planting boxes can be intimidating because whatever is grown in them becomes such a focal point. The wrong combination of plants necessitates frequent trimming to keep any growth off  nearby walkways, and when near an entrance, a regular schedule of deadheading, and weeding is necessary to maintain a neat appearance. Rather than struggling to contain flowers and shrubs in these architectural pieces, I recommend using combinations of evergreens around front entrances, to provide formal and easily contained color. [Read more...]

Fall/Autumn Container Garden Design Idea: Scarecrow #002

fall pots 2 003 225x300 Fall/Autumn Container Garden Design Idea: Scarecrow #002For the black-thumbed, or uber creative types, here is another idea for you to adapt while creating your own welcoming harvest displays, or container designs.

I’ve said it before, but the fall is my favorite season, and I try and celebrate that fact uniquely in each artificial pot design I create. One thing I have learned, is that in order to create a visually believable decoration for a given season you don’t have to  bind yourself strictly to the artificial flowers and decorations that would naturally be in bloom, or the most appropriate at that specific time. For instance, a harvest themed container design like this may hold Sunflowers, Mums, and spring wildflowers in it that would never bloom at the same time in the real world- let alone all be looking perky for your Thanksgiving Dinner guests!  The key to making a variety of  flowers work together in your design is in deciding on a color palette before you begin, and choosing flowers, leaves, and accents that work together well in shape and visual feel.

In this design, the warm tones of the light orange sunflowers, work with the red tones in the grasses, mums, and autumn leaves in the pot.  I chose to use warm tones of brown, and purple to accent this, tying the harvest theme together. Since all of these flowers are associated with “informal” flower arrangements (as opposed to the formality of rose arrangements), they work well together, when grounded with overtly fall accents like the scarecrow, and the harvest leaf garland covering the dirt. I also chose to include a simple (and inexpensive) unfinished birdhouse from Michaels Crafts into this design to add a country feel to it!

I’m happy with this design! Stay tuned for more fall ideas coming soon!


Fall/Autumn Container Garden Design Idea: Scarecrow #001

fall pots 2007 005 184x300 Fall/Autumn Container Garden Design Idea: Scarecrow #001Live plants aren’t the only things that will look great in your containers for the fall months! There are many clever ways that you can adapt decorations into your pots, to fill it in, or enhance the look of your favorite fall flowers.

I try and mix it up from year to year, so the multitude of container gardens I maintain during the summer each have a completely new look for the fall. I often mix mediums, with live plants, miniature hay bales, gourds, and pumpkins, or various designs including weather-safe decorations. My goal is to make a new design for each and every pot that I decorate.

For this container idea, I wanted to create a scarecrow.  I opted for artificial flowers, and accessories. You can create this look with seasonal decorations from a craft store like Michaels Crafts.  The centerpiece I used is a quirky fall directional stake, with a painted slate door decoration propped up against it. To complete the harvest theme, I planted a mum in the back, with artificial wheat, apples, and “fall pics” (seasonal clusters of decorations on a floral wrapped wire base) to fill in around the side. I chose to opt out of dried flowers, and dried wheat heads for this location, since this design is in a location open to wind and rain, and the dried flowers rot quickly in those conditions.

Your Thoughts: Do you mix mediums in your seasonal pots?  Would you enjoy seeing more of this type of mixed design featured here at greengardenista?moz screenshot Fall/Autumn Container Garden Design Idea: Scarecrow #001