The Violet Fern

A Colorful Tale of a Garden in the Making

Project: Planters

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Getting everything done this month has been a project in between rain, but I have managed to plant most of the potager and put together some planters.

Every year I tell myself I’m going to cut back on containers, especially since I now have more garden. My goal is to incorporate perennials into my containers, or create containers that I can over winter. I haven’t quite mastered container perennials yet. Last year I used lamium maculatum ‘Orchid Frost’ in my containers and planted it in the garden come fall. It survived the winter, in fact, it’s blooming now. I should try herbs but I didn’t think of that until after I snapped out of the annual flower spell. Herbs would do well out front in the full sun. Seas of flowers in all shapes and forms woo me and so, I have containers of annuals like these baskets on the columns leading to our front porch. Planted here are: geranium ‘Indian Dunes,’ coleus ‘Dark Star,’ Superbells ‘Tequila Sunrise,’ bacopa ‘Gulliver Blue Sensation,’ and verbena ‘Obsession Apricot.’

I did manage to overwinter these begonias and a couple other plants that, and I apologize, I do not know the name of. I just moved this from inside to outside. How great! This is a fairly shaded area on our front porch so I am not worried about transitioning the plants to the outside light.

These rosemary pots also spend the winter indoors.

This cedar window box is filled with what I hope, are mostly nectar producing plants: verbena ‘Obsession Apricot,’ verbena ‘Lanai Peach,’ Superbena ‘Large Lilac Blue’ (a verbena hybrid), alyssum ‘Alice,’ lobelia ‘Riviera Sky Blue,’ and a geranium ‘Americana Salmon.’ I try to match or compliment the colors of my garden. I love how the Superbena floats above the Mt. Bluet, centaura.

This year, because we plan to construct a screened-in porch out back, I have moved some planters into my garden beds and I like this so much that I will be doing this every year from now on. I overwinter these fuschias in my cellar. It takes them a little time to come back so I have placed an annual beside them that really caught my eye but I cannot find the tag to share the name with you! I also placed a begonia ‘Gryphon’ in this pot which I will overwinter. I love how moss is beginning to grow on this pot.

This woodland basket contains white impatients, lobelia ‘Riviera Sky Blue,’ and violas ‘Penny Orchid Frost’ which should overwinter and perhaps even make more.

These metal baskets are waiting in the shed to be potted and will be placed in my woodland edge border. I have shpagnum moss soaking to make them plantable. I will be making these a permanent feature in this bed and will try to make these perennial in the future.

The shed window box is also newly planted with verbena ‘Obsession Apricot,’ verbena ‘Lanai Peach,’ Superbena ‘Large Lilac Blue’ (a verbena hybrid), alyssum ‘Alice,’ lobelia ‘Riviera Sky Blue,’ and gazania ‘KissMix.’

Truthfully, “project planters” will be ongoing. I love sage and seem to lose it every year even though I grew it successfully in Maine – go figure. So, I foresee an herb planter once I become a little more organized with sage as its centerpiece that I will attempt to overwinter. And I have a big full sun pot that I overwinter every year in the cellar that will be getting a complete makeover including a new pot. And … well, I’m going to stop myself. How about you? Do you plant containers each summer? What are your favorites?

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Author: Kathy Sturr

Cultivating art, growing soul, and creating plant-based food in the beautiful 1000 Islands, New York and Cedar Key, Old Florida.

4 thoughts on “Project: Planters

  1. This looks lovely!!!I'm starting a "container garden" in the small courtyard of our summer house (30 pots of various sizes in an area 12x16ft) and your variety of planting really inspired me. I've never been keen on mixing different plants in a container or pot, since it so often looks artificial and contrived, but your containers look effortlessly charming!

  2. I wish I could grow plants. They always die for me. Yours are so pretty.

  3. Your containers are looking good. I admire that you are able to overwinter so many things. I have never attempted to do this (mostly due to lack of space). I have made only one such experiment:Lamium self-seeds everywhere in my garden. I pull up the seedlings and stuff them into my containers to save money on annuals. Most of the lamium seems to overwinter for me right in the pots with no special protection.

  4. You have some lovely containers! I look forward to seeing the metal baskets planted out in your woodland edge border. I LOVE your shed window box. I like how I can move planters around, though I have a couple that have found permanent spots. I have a couple of old concrete urns that belonged to my parents. I like the look of where they are, but unfortunately so far everything I have put in them has cooked to death in the summer heat. I will either have to move them or come up with a miracle plant.

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