For colorful leaves that thrive in shade, it’s tough to beat caladium. This variety, Artful Fire and Ice, unfurls leaves that look like a painter crafted them with splashes of green, pink, rose and white. Give caladiums a spot in full to part shade, although in northern gardens, plants can withstand more sun. Keep soil consistently moist for best growth and color. You’ll know you’re failing if leaves turn yellow and drop. Fire and Ice caladium grows 18 to 30 inches tall and12 to 18 inches wide. The other annuals in this container thrive in part shade: Diamond Frost euphorbia and Black Cherry Supertunia.
Dress up spent summer and fall container gardens with boughs of fresh evergreens for a colorful winter display. Greens like spruce, fir, mountain hemlock and Virginia pine retain color and needles to provide a long winter display. Treat cut greenery with an anti-transpirant to help stems retain moisture. Use bunched ornamental grass stems or bundled branches to add a strong vertical element to designs.
This creative concept used a variety of clear glass jars and vases to display colorful ornament balls, red berries and tea-light candles. Starfish and sand-filled jars keep the beach in mind during cold winter weather.
An artful array of colorful plantings burst from vessels large and small, creating a peaceful spot to relax in the midst of the city. Woven seating has a stylish rubbed gold finish, and a modern accent table is a functional spot to set a drink while enjoying this urban oasis.
After, this patio has a new table but containers with an interesting patina. Buy cheap containers on closeout at a local home and garden store and then take thinned latex paint and do a wash on the containers for an aged/weathered look, Atlanta interior designer Steve McKenzie.
Coming up with unique color combinations is one way to make your balcony garden pop as in this mix of evergreen shrubs and eye catching perennials such as purple heather and calibrachoa from Urban Green.
A full kitchen with a grill, cooler and sinks completes the outdoor experience on this modern rooftop. Bright purple flowers burst out of a wooden planter, adding a colorful burst of nature to the space.
These multicolored hexagon-shaped container gardens are artfully arranged on a kitchen wall to bring a touch of the outdoors to the indoor space. Various climbing plants spill over the sides of each container.
A modern roof deck overlooks a hilly desert landscape, and a small container garden houses native plants. Because the homeowner is a professor of environmental studies, the house is a teaching tool and example to his students of sustainable architecture. The home runs on solar power, recycles gray water and captures rain water in cisterns.
Whimsical, kid-inspired artwork and accessories combine to create a fun and inspiring bedroom for young brothers. The room contains a bold mix of colors and patterns along with ample storage and play space.