Sometimes the cup (or mug) makes the garden. This whimsical teacup garden was inspired by the oversized cat mug that contains it and provides instant fun to a mix of variegated plants, some faux-trees and miniature mushrooms. All add up to a one-of-a-kind garden sure to delight a child or a cat lady (or guy).
Hanging baskets and other containers are perfect for Viola Anytime® Dove. The semi-trailing plants also add a splash of white to the landscape for gardeners in USDA zones 5 and warmer, often blooming into the winter.
A centerpiece in this modern, Japanese garden is a simple-yet-stunning planter set on a pedestal, containing a single succulent. Stepping stones lead to and around the pot, creating a path to visit and admire it and the surrounding plants and flowers.
Turn up the color with ‘Flashlights’ millet grass (Milium effusum). This bright perennial gives container combinations or planting beds a golden glow. ‘Flashlights’ grows 18 to 24 inches tall and wide, making it a great choice for rock gardens or an edging plant in mixed borders. Give it a spot in full sun with rich, well-drained soil. Hardy in Zones 6-9.
Though it would make for an ideal tiny home, this Container Guest House in a San Antonio, Texas backyard functions as the perfect accommodation for visitors. As is the norm with container homes, environmentally friendly practices were top-of-mind, explaining why Poteet Architects kept its original blue color, along with the exterior text. There are plenty of other green features as well. The addition of a floor-to-ceiling window adds natural light, while sliding doors provide plenty of fresh air. The roof garden is watered by grey water (runoff water from the sink and shower). The bathroom contains a composting toilet, and recycled soda bottles are part of the deck’s building materials. If that’s not enough, the exterior light fixtures are local tractor blades, and the foundation consists of — you’d never guess — recycled telephone poles.
Tall garden phlox (Phlox paniculata) is an old-fashioned perennial that fills midsummer with perfumed color. Flowers open in shades of pink, red, purple, white and various bicolor combinations. The blooms release a sweet fragrance that wafts through the garden on sultry summer days. This beauty is sold as Flame Series Coral garden phlox. The Flame Series is a group of naturally dwarf, compact garden phlox that grows 15 to 18 inches tall—a perfect height for containers, front of the border or courtyard gardens. Plants boast strong disease resistance and a naturally bushy form. Hardy in Zones 3-8.
Pot up your coleus before the first frost to overwinter them as colorful, showy houseplants. Coleus grow nicely in an eastern exposure, and if they start to look leggy and stretched, simply prune them back. Stick the cuttings into a glass of water or a small container filled with potting mix, and roots will soon form, increasing your windowsill garden. Shown here: Coleus 'Sun Rose To Lime Magic'
Find a carrot variety that's right for your garden; not all carrots form elongated roots. Blunt-tipped Nantes types are the easiest for most backyard gardeners to grow. Imperators are the long, straight, tapered types usually sold in stores. Chantneys are short and stubby, and shaped like cones. You can also find mini varieties and radish-type carrots for growing in containers or heavy or rocky soils.
"I always joke that I'm going to force people to have a lifestyle whether they want one or not" says designer Danielle Rollins, of her cohesive, beautiful approach to life seen in her own Atlanta home's outdoor design scheme. Part of making her garden work: blooms all year round in a consistent color palette and a focused navy and white color scheme that plays out throughout the garden, from the outdoor fabrics to the architectural features to the containers like this whimsical strawberry pot in her edible garden.
Look for this topiary style of dwarf Alberta spruce featuring spheres. In the nursery trade, this form is known as a two-ball poodle or pom-pom spruce. It’s a great choice for complementing a formal garden or making a statement in containers. When growing dwarf Alberta spruce in containers, use a commercial bagged soil blended for acid-loving plants. Consider adding shredded pine bark to the mix. Layer a few inches of bark mulch over soil to help it retain moisture.
Atlanta designer Danielle Rollins' garden is an instructive study in navy and white, a pared-back color palette that gives her space its retro, tailored feel. That color scheme is carried through in Chinoiserie containers, crisp white trellises and accents like throw pillows and whimsical painted trash cans which create design continuity.
Get the season-long production of an indeterminate tomato in a determinate tomato package with ‘Tidy Rose’ tomato. This plant grows well in containers or small patio gardens. ‘Tidy Rose’ is a beefsteak type tomato that produces fruits weighing 5 to 7 ounces.
Earth, fire and water – this Tuscan-inspired courtyard in Southern California has every element in place. With ample plantings in both containers and beds, the garden has a lush ambiance that ushers users out of the city and straight into an oasis of relaxation. Square terra cotta tiles kick up the charm and add a unique touch.
Deep purple, sun-loving coleus in containers pop against the orange-red brick and dark green front door of an Atlanta home. A mix of begonias were planted front and center, for easy maintenance. Danna Cain of Home & Garden Design also chose a bright yellow moss rose to complement the other plants.
‘Everest Blue’ is a tall ageratum that grows 20 to 26 inches tall. Developed for the cut flower market, it makes a terrific addition to planting beds, cottage gardens and large containers. Japanese beetles tend to avoid the hairy, quilted leaves of ageratum, but may rarely munch on the blooms.
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Allium schoenoprasum, commonly called chives, is in same genus as the more ornamental flowering plants. Use white or purple flowers of this herb as a garnish, and chop the aromatic stems to add a mild onion flavor to foods. These plants are pretty in containers or a cottage or herb garden.
A minimalist covered courtyard lounge reveals its intensely colorful interior when it's reflected by the swimming pool beneath it, revealing the warm glow of a lantern candelabra and a central fireplace otherwise contained by the room's pillared archway. In the background, a palm tree reveals a resemblance to the archway's textured pillars, demonstrating how the garden's topiary features carry through the property's architecture.
Colletti has often visited the John P. Humes Japanese Stroll Garden in Locust Valley, on Long Island, for ideas and inspiration on designing with moss. If you're growing moss in containers inside your home, you may find it needs more light than you'd expect, she says, because sun coming through a window is less intense than outdoors. Living moss also needs adequate water and air circulation.