Like a dog with a bone, it's pretty hard to shake me away from container gardening during the month of May. I'm still working at composing mine but I thought I'd share the latest with you ~ I hope I'm not giving you "container overload?" That would be a foreign concept to me but I realize not everyone is into them with the same passion. If you fall into that category, simply skip this post!
First up is my "Birdhouse" container ~ you may remember this one from last season? I planted a Clematis 'Josephine' at the base of the post and now, in it's second year, it's starting to take off & give a glimpse of how I envisioned it would look:
Barring any casualties or unforeseen circumstances, imagine how full and lush it will be in year three?! As you can see, there are only two blooms on the entire vine (at least so far) but those two are making me very happy.
'Josephine' is already one pretty girl ~ and she's not even in her prime yet. I'll be sure to share her fully matured! The remaining contents of this container have been switched up since last year. This season, the other "big players" are Violet tubeflowers, pink phormium, & Lion's Ear. We'll see how that combination pans out ~ it could be scary or spectacular ~ I'm taking a gamble.
Next up is the "Croton" container. It's a partial shade one so the contents reflect that. Also, don't judge it too harshly, it's in it's infancy and will definitely be much more impressive as it grows "into itself" throughout the season.
Right now, the croton is the "star" of the container but I think it will get competition from the other inhabitants as they get their "pot legs" under them! Those other inhabitants include (2) different coleus (name tags already misplaced), one 'Sonic Salmon' New Guinea Impatien, (2) Calibrachoas, and (1) Lysimachia congestiflora. It will be fun to look back at the end of summer and compare these photos to the "fully matured" ones.
If you like planting containers you probably already know about Fine Gardenings "Container Gardening" issue. If you don't, you should without a doubt, check it out and bring one home. I buy one every year and I can certify that it overflows with inspiration. This years issue looks like this:
I can tell you, after four years of purchasing these issues, they've certainly elevated my thought process about planting a container. I never realized what artistry was involved prior to studying them but there is definitely art at work, from the colors & shape of the pot to the plants therein.
For those of you who are not container gardeners, I promise to be back in the garden next post. :-)