Cultivating a Culture of Gardening™

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Day 270 - More From a Week of Window Boxes


Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Day 269 - Wordless Wednesday - Wise's Week Worth of Westhaven Window Boxs


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Day 268 - A Week of Window Boxes (Tuesday)

Yelena Petruk's magic touch on this house


Monday, June 27, 2011

Day 267 - A Week of Window Boxes

In honor of my son, Robert, who marries in 7 days, I'm channeling my blog time into all the last minute wedding plans. Enjoy for the next week seven different homes in Westhaven, and their wonderful windowboxes. Just pictures. If you really want to know what plants are in the boxes, ask me next week.


Sunday, June 26, 2011

Day 266 - Y'all Come Visit Now, Ya'hear

'Autumnal' fuschia, 'Persian Chocolate' lysomachia, 'Non-stop' Begonia, Dragon-wing Begonia, Cordyline, Acalypha (copperplant)

Westhaven, in Franklin, Tennessee, is looking very colorful! Come for visit, see if you can find the edibles we have intermingled with the annual color, and let me know what your favorite container planting is! Here's a sample from the back porch of the Resident's Club.


Saturday, June 25, 2011

Day 265 - Atlanta 2007

Loved these containers in downtown Atlanta, Georgia - this picture was from 2007 so I hope they have these!


Friday, June 24, 2011

Day 264 - More Container Flashbacks

Finding old pictures from the Southern Nurseryman's Association 2007 Conference - there were some great containers there!


Thursday, June 23, 2011

Day 263 - A Garden Growing Under Your Window

At 12 feet long, 2 feet wide, and 3 feet deep, this window box is bigger than some folk's yards. Here it's been made into a mini-landscape with shrubs, perennials, and annuals. These red mandevilla flowers seem to be glowing.


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Day 262 - A Little Bit of Nostalgia

Long ago, in a place called McKinney, Texas, I used to come once or twice a year to do container planting demonstrations.

This euphorphia and bougainvillea are one of my favorite, simple combinations.

I broke my sunglasses on the plane trip down to Texas and had to borrow these that made me look like a bug!
Rose, rosemary, and petunia


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Day 261 - Hello Summer!

The first day of summer and the afternoon thunderstorms are right on cue. Not that this picture of hibiscus and bougainvillea has any thing to do with summer rain other than it sure does like having a little if it!

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Day 260 - Reach For the Stars

Container gardens that are heavenly!
Saw this beauty near Raleigh, NC.


Sunday, June 19, 2011

Day 259 - A Quick Visit to Montrose Gardens

Near Chapel Hill, NC, is a wonderful garden to visit called Montrose Gardens. Here's a quick peek:

Montrose Gardens

Even the area where they keep the trash cans had great containers!


Saturday, June 18, 2011

Day 258 - Summer Beauty With Year Round Containers

I planted these containers for a friend who wanted containers that she could keep year-round with very little maintenance. Early spring I had red pansies and purple violas where the deep red ivy geraniums, purple angelonia, and setcresia are now. The 'Blue Point' Juniper, 'Downey' lavender , Scarlet Flowercarpet Rose, Winter Jasmine, dianthus, spreading gardenia, and Loropetalum will stay year round.


Friday, June 17, 2011

Day 257 - There Are Days That I Just REALLY Love My Job

Like when I get to plant containers at homes like this...

I just love the Siam Beauty Musa. And this is the new Coreopsis Cherry Lemonade from Terra Nova - I LOVE IT!!

Here's the new Stars and Stripes Mandevilla

Bottlebrush shrub, Abutilon, red geranium, petunia
Tibuchina standard, variegated bouganvilla, cascading vinca, coleus, purple angelonia
Ruellia, Allamanda, mandevilla, petunia

All this fun in a day's work!

Additional info:
I picked out all these containers for this homeowner when the home was being built. Two of my favorite container/garden accessory suppliers are Elegant Earth in Birmingham, Alabama and Campania International. The big bowls on top of the front porch columns are from Riverside Plastics - they put a special granite finish on these to coordinate with the other planters. I knew logistically it would be a nightmare to get cast stone or concrete planters on roof of this porch (it was huge task just to get the others on the porch!) so I went with Riverside Plastics great quality plastic containers. They still weighed about 75 lbs each.