Winter Containers

Winter containers I’ve lately been looking at Pinterest “Winter containers”, and unsurprisingly, a lot of pins are containers designed by Deborah Silver, of Detroit Garden Works. She has a distinctive personal style–you can always identify her designs when you see a page of google images. Here are a few examples:   So I decided to have… Continue Reading →

5 Great Containers–Part 4

As promised, here’s another instalment of 5 Great Containers, this time a variant on the formula–“One Tree, One small Evergreen, One tall Perennial, One fluffy Perennial, One Grass”. I saw this amazing grafted Cotoneaster (some feel this is an artificial-looking device, but what is art but an artificial device?), and had to buy it. My original… Continue Reading →

5 Great Containers–Part III

Another Japanese Maple As promised, here’s another container for the balcony garden. Remember, this is a south facing garden on the 7th floor, with a duplicate balcony above it on the 8th floor, so it gets a little shelter from storms, but is therefore in a rain shadow. Don’t forget to water your outdoor container garden,… Continue Reading →

5 Great Containers, Part 2–Trees

A few days ago I blogged about the client who wanted to surprise his wife with a beautiful balcony. And I showed you the first of 5 great containers. Here is the first: The Tree The main plant is of course the Japanese Maple–Acer palmatum ‘Viridis’. This is one of the more sun-tolerant Japanese Maples,… Continue Reading →

5 Great Containers, Part 1–The Plan

The Site A client has a small trapezoid-shaped balcony that he wants to beautify with containers for little cost. Specifically he wants to beautify it before his wife returns from visiting family, as a surprise! What’s more, he wasn’t exactly sure what she would like or not like. The balcony occupies the whole side of… Continue Reading →

More Tips for Container Gardens

When I posted 6 Tips for Container Gardens, I neglected to mention one of the most important considerations: Annuals or Perennials.  For some reason, many people are intimidated by perennials. Do they seem to be more work? Is there a fear they won’t come back? Are they too expensive? Is there not enough all-season flowering? Here’s… Continue Reading →

6 Tips for Container Gardens

My garden is my test ground. Most of what I know I learned by screwing up at least once. So here’s some tips I’ve learned through trial and error. 1. PLAN! Typically I’ve combined plants that I have rather than plants that I’ve designed to go together. I was given the little Buxus (boxwood), so… Continue Reading →

Garden Tour–Oh Yay!

I’m doing this from my phone because my computer is at the Apple hospital. FOR A WEEK! So yesterday was the garden tour I “accidentally” agreed to participate in. Turned out to be excellent incentive to do a lot of things I’d been procrastinating all season. And then some. I created vegetable cages, transplanted shrubs… Continue Reading →

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