Lighting fixtures painted a soft teal complement the home's beige hues, while blue fescue grasses (Festuca glauca) echo the color of the lamp posts. Brown pots placed along the walkway tie the landscape, designed by Philip Thornburg of Winterbloom, back to the house.
If you’re a gardener who craves pure splashes of single colors, try something different this year. Mimic Mother Nature’s fall color show and treat yourself to a hanging basket planted with a mix of hues. The effect is truly a garden party in a pot. Cool Wave Mix Spreading Pansy delivers a just-right blend (designed by the seed breeders) that’s eye-catching and perfect for fall. Tuck a pot into the ground at least six weeks before frost, add extra mulch once the ground freezes, and you’ll be rewarded with early spring pansies. Cool Wave pansies handle temperatures as low as -13°F. They’ll look frozen solid during winter, and leaves and stems may turn brown, but watch what happens when spring peeks ‘round the corner. Of course, plants in pots won’t survive freezing temperatures.
Putting plants in the wrong place never turns out well. This hosta is a shade-loving plant, and when it’s planted in too much sun, leaves get sunburn. Bleached out spots on leaves eventually turn brown and fall away. Read pot tags when tucking plants into your garden. Make sure you’re matching the right plant with the right place, whether it’s a plant that craves sun, moist soil or lean, rocky soil.