Welcome to Kevin Kelly’s backyard, the place containers are used as items of backyard artwork to accent the plantings.
I’ve been gardening in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (Zone 6b), for over 25 years. My backyard is on a third-acre lot in a suburban neighborhood. I’m not surrounded by any wonderful vistas, nor do I’ve any borrowed views. As an alternative, my borders are designed to comprise vignettes crammed with lush plantings and sometimes paired with a container, which can be planted or left empty. I discover the attention typically searches out these pops of shade or construction and helps us to decelerate and benefit from the vignette offered. Listed here are a number of samples in your enjoyment.
I like this mix in a really shady a part of the again border. Two colours of Heuchera (Zones 4–9) mixed with Japanese painted fern (Athyrium niponicum var. pictum, Zones 3–8), the silver-spotted leaves of Pulmonaria (Zones 3–8), and a reasonably container.
This container works properly with Weigela ‘My Monet’ (Zones 4–8), rudbeckia (Rudbeckia fulgida, Zones 4–9), and a few annuals.
Crocosmia ‘Walberton Yellow’ (Zones 6–9) and Heuchera ‘Caramel’ (Zones 4–8) pair properly with this container. Cephalotaxus harringtonia ‘Duke Gardens’ (Zones 6–9) and Pinus parviflora ‘Cleary’ (Zones 5–7) kind a pleasant backdrop.
This early summer time vignette features a mangave (Agave hybrid, hardiness varies by selection). Quickly the Echinacea (Zones 5–9) and cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus, annual) will change into extra outstanding. The massive container anchors this vignette.
Planting Thuja occidentalis ‘Golden Emerald’ (Zones 2–7) in a bluish container provides extra top and accents the smaller perennials.
Agave ‘Lavender Girl’ (Zones 8–10) stands proud in a container positioned on a pedestal. It’s surrounded by Diervilla rivularis ‘Kodiak Black’ (Zones 5–7), Itea virginica (Zones 5–9 ), and Penstemon ‘Husker Purple’ (Zones 3–8).
Callicarpa dicotomia ‘Duet’ (Zones 5–8), Asclepius tuberosa (Zones 3–9) and Rudbeckia hirta (Zones 3–7 or grown as an annual)
Quite a lot of succulents in a bowl are surrounded by Ageratum ‘Blue Danube’ (annual), dinosaur kale (Brassica oleracea ‘Lacinato’), and Phlox paniculata ‘David’ (Zones 4–8)
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