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Summertime In My Garden…The Graceful Gardener’s Containers…2013

July 27, 2013

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Even though I’m quite late in posting this, I still wanted to share some of my containers with you this summer.  I took many of these photo’s around the 4th of July, but to my surprise, many of my containers are still looking lush and full due to the unusual abundance of rain and lower temps we’ve experienced this summer (usually temps are in the mid-90’s this time of year), and of course, with the faithful application of Annie Haven’s Manure Tea.

Having designed and planted all my own containers for years, it’s truly still one of my favorite ways to be creative in the garden. This year I played around with lots of different colors and I even dabbled a bit in miniature container gardening this year. 

Hope you enjoy the photo gallery of just a few of my containers…

 Romantic white…

Ingredients: Sun Parasol White Mandevilla, ‘Diamond Frost’ Euphorbia, Lobularia ‘Frosty Knight’, Scaevola ‘Bombay’, Supertunia white, White geranium, Dusty Miller ‘Silverdust’, trailing Mezoo, ‘Silver Falls’ Dichondra.


 Burst of Orange…

Ingredients: Canna ‘Australia’, Canna ‘Tropicanna Gold’, Infinity Orange New Guinea Impatiens, ‘Hot Shot’ Orange portulaca, Begonia boliviensis Bonfire, ‘Orange Marmalade’ Crossandra, Sweet Caroline Bronze sweet potato vine.


 Nearly Black…

Canna ‘Australia’, Cosmos ‘Choca Mocha’, Heuchera ‘Obsidian’, ‘Black Velvet’ petunia, Creeping Jenny ‘Midnight Sun’, Iris chrysographes ‘Night Ruler’ (bloomed in spring see below), Scaevola ‘Romeo’.


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Iris ‘Night Ruler’


 Succulent Fever…

I turned a non-functioning fountain into a succulent planter.


Ingredients: Variety of Succulents- Sedums, Echeverias, Trailing Mezoo and my favorite-Kalanchoe ‘Fantastic’. Dichondra ‘Silver Falls’ was also used in this planting.

 Cool Blues…

Blue and White Container Nook in my garden filled with: Plumbago, white scaveola, white petunias, Endless Summer hydrangea, lobelia, Angelonia and Lobularia ‘Frosty Knight’.

 Succulent Basket…

My favorite container in my garden- this huge cement basket- which I purchased over 15 years ago, is filled with an abundance of succulents. They thrive in this basket!
Ingredients: Assortment of succulents: Sedums, Echeveria, Sempervivums, Kalanchoe and my fav-‘Zwartkop’ aeonium.



 Purple Vibes…

Ingredients: Petchoa SuperCal ‘Poppin Blue’, Calibrachoa ‘Double Amethyst’, Petunia Glamouflage ‘Grape’, Scaevola ‘Romeo’, Dusty Miller, Dichondra ‘Silver Falls’, Bourbon rose ‘Mystic Beauty’.


Ingredients :Perilla Magilla, Persian Shield, ‘Divine Lavender’ New Guinea Inpatiens, Calibrachoa ‘Double Amethyst’, Vinca ‘Illumination’.


Graceful Grasses ‘Fiber Optic’ surrounded by blue scaevola, dusty miller,blue salvia, sedum and hosta.

 Peachy Planting…

Ingredients: Miniature Rose ‘Cupcake’, creeping jenny, trailing Mezoo,Calibrachoa ‘Double Amethyst’, ‘Blackie’ sweet potato vine.

 Moody Blues…

Ingredients: Torenia ‘Purple Moon’, ‘Silver Carpet’ Lambs Ear, Barbara Sanderson glass Icicle.

 Variegated Foliage…

Ingredients: Small variegated English Holly ‘Argenteo Marginata’, Lamium maculatum ‘Beacon Silver’, surrounded by Japanese Painted fern and Golden variegated Sweet Flag.



I gave miniature gardening a try this year and love it!  So fun …

I designed a ‘scaled down’ version of my own backyard when I planted this miniature garden container. Lots of stone, dwarf conifers and texture. What do you think?






Of course, I had to plant a Mini-Zen garden….


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Mini- Herb Garden with some cucumbers…


Probably my favorite of all- My Frog Prince Miniature Container.

 Purple Foliage…

A newly purchased container this year filled with ‘Black Magic’ Elephant Ear, Persian shield, Purple heart Wandering Jew and ‘Black Dragon’ coleus.

 Colossal Orange…

Ingredients: Banana Musa ‘Zebrina RoJo’, Begonia boliviensis ‘Bonfire’, Infinity Orange-New Guinea Impatiens, Dragon wing begonia,Coleus ‘Black Dragon’.


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 Do you enjoy planting your own container gardens?

Check out my post from last year here...

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July 27, 2013 at 10:54 pm

Each and every one was more beautiful than the next! Thanks for sharing your gorgeous creations.

July 28, 2013 at 12:13 am

Fellow container nut here :-) All of your container plantings are spectacular!! I love the fountain turned succulent planter!!! Love the new river rock container. Note to self: Must try the Begonia ‘Bonfire’!! Frog Prince is THE cutest!!! Love how the Silver Falls Dichondra drapes down the Purple Vibes grouping. My beds are packed with perennials, so my container plantings are where I get to play. Every year I try new combinations. This year I used a lot of Perilla Magilla and am always pleased with it whenever I use it. I have been meaning to do a post on this year’s containers, so you’ve inspired me. What is your favorite potting soil??

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    July 31, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Thanks so much for your lovely comments from a fellow ‘container nut’! I use an organic potting soil from my local nursery. I also use organic fertilizer every 7-10 days.
    The begonia boliviensis ‘Bonfire’ and Santa Cruz Sunset’ are spectacular in containers and the hummingbirds love them!
    Please do post photos of your containers for all of us to enjoy!

July 28, 2013 at 8:25 am

I am in awe of your talent!

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July 30, 2013 at 4:59 pm

Aww…Thanks so much!

August 7, 2013 at 12:03 pm

They are all stunning!

October 21, 2013 at 6:00 pm

So gorgeous!! I abselutely am in love with your fall porch, oh how I long for gorgeous stone stairs to trail pumpkins and gourds… STUNNING REALLY. I am so glad to find your website, your potted plants and ideas are really something. I am in the midst of entire backyard landscape remodel, including pool and removal of a few trees and a little shabby garden to replace with new more functional plantings… I love your ideas and will be sure to bookmark for my potted plants next spring!! Have a wonderful fall!
love the miniature gardens too. I did a little tutorial on my blog earlier this year on fairy garden how to!!

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    October 24, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    Thanks so much Jeanne. Good luck with your backyard landscape remodel.

November 13, 2016 at 4:56 am

Your container gardening are just gorgeous, ( out of this trying to do more in containers, but have several flower beds also. My trouble is that I live in Kansas where the winters dip below O* degrees. Not sure if all your flowers will work here in containers. I wish there was some way they would, like if I put them on the south side of my house, where they are more protected, if that would work. Thanks for sharing with me and keep up on the beautiful work that you do.

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