Photo By: Crescent Garden and provided courtesy of Gardener’s Supply Company
Photo By: Doug Young
Shrubs In Containers
Container gardens add splashes of portable color to outdoor settings, but if you love pots of color, you also know it can take daily attention to keep plants looking their best. One way to expedite the care routine is to fill your containers with shrubs that deliver strong color for the entire growing season. Shrubs typically need less grooming than annuals and do their thing as long as you water. This pair of shrubs features Bangle Dyers greenwood (Genista lydia) and Black Lace elderberry (Sambucus nigra ‘Eva’). Both of these shrubs flower in spring, but the leaves bring strong color and texture all season long.
Create a retreat just like you would an interior room by starting with furnishings. Consider your style and budget, along with how you’ll likely use the space. If your retreat is a cherished space for reading and hanging out with family, include plenty of seating options. For a retreat that provides an escape for morning coffee, you might just need one seat and a spot to park your favorite mug. Include container gardens to give the space a touch of greenery and nature that will minister to you, body and soul. These pots sport a mix of annuals: dwarf purple fountain grass with ‘Sweet Caroline Light Green’ sweet potato vine and Intensia blueberry phlox, dark Vertigo purple fountain grass, and Blushing Princess sweet alyssum solo and with Supertunias Royal Velvet and Trailing Silver. A pot of Diamond Frost euphorbia adds a just-right blooming accent to the coffee table.
Combine indoor houseplants, like this Majesty palm, with pots of tropical flowers for a south-of-the-border container garden. In this pot, mandevilla blooms in front of the palm, with taller Tropic Escape hibiscus adding color behind.
When shifting tropical foliage houseplants outdoors for summer, give them a spot with filtered sunlight, like on edge of a porch or beneath nearby trees. Choose self-watering containers like these to hold your plants while they’re on summer vacation, and you won’t spend lots of time watering.
Enclosed Shabby Chic Porch With White Potting Table
Stone walls enclose this quaint porch, complete with a gardening station and crystal chandelier. A large wood hutch houses tools, extra pots and other garden necessities. A bright white potting table provides a crisp, clean workspace for gardening creativity.
The rear terrace is framed by stone balustrades with decorative urns, leading to an inviting swimming pool. The line of the terrace is continued with the use of a linear hedge to further define the garden's spaces.