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Best Containers of 2011

As we approach the end of October, and yet no frost, we decided to take a few photos of container plantings which we are still pretty impressed with. We have set the standards high. The plants needed to be interesting and complimentary to each other, plus the planting had to be easy to care for and look as good, or better, at the end of the season as it did in June.  As you can see, it’s all about the foliage. Which container do you like the best?

Planted in February, Heuchera, Phormium and Pelargonium

Silver planter in June

Silver Planter in October

Trough with Assorted Tender and Hardy Succulents

Classic Cast Stone Bowl with Succulents


  1. Wow! They are all beautiful but I love the fall colors in the Heuchera, Phormium and Pelargonium as well as the succulents.

    Although I am outside of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and we’ve had frost, it has not touched my red bananas (not really a banana, Ensete). They are over 6 feet tall this year and have that beautiful rich red that we love in the fall.

  2. How do you winter over your large banana? Bring in the plant and enjoy it’s size indoors, or cut it back hard and store the roots? We have a Chinese Yellow Flower Banana (Musella lasiocarpa) that became quite large this year (7-8′), but are still waiting for it to bloom. It just moved inside the greenhouse where it is taking up some serious space.

  3. I love the Heuchera and Phormium combination because the colors are beautiful in summer, but also reminiscent of fall colors and still very attractive.

  4. They are all glorious.

  5. The two succulent containers. Can I bring in and winter over the succulents?

  6. As long as you have a window with bright light, succulents are some of the easiest plants to winter over indoors. The dry air from heating our homes can be a problem with humidity loving tropicals, but succulents thrive in dry conditions. The blooming period for many succulents is in the late fall, winter and early spring, and sometimes the flowers are a nice surprise. The foliage and varieites of form are so interesting though, the flowers really don’t matter.

  7. Thanks you for sharing these beautiful containers. I love looking out my windows this late in the season to view my containers still in bloom. You have some lovely combinations of plants in yours.

  8. I love that the silver planter looks just as good in June as in October. What are the plants as I would like to try that next year. Thanks

  9. Lyn, the ingredients are: My favorite species geranium, Pelargonium sidoides, with silver scalloped leaves and wispy wine colored flowers on wiry stems; Astelia banksii with silver swordlike leaves. Dichondra ‘Silver Falls’, creating a shimmering trail, Pilea glauca, with tiny pewter gray leaves and curious little pink tinted flowers, and a white variegated ivy I picked up Haskell’s nursery years ago.

  10. Oh! and dark leaved Ajuga Black Scallop!

  11. Classic Cast Stone Bowl with Succulents reminds me of a ‘Horn of Plenty’….it is chock-o-block full with a bounty of gorgeous succulents, I love it!

  12. Yeah, it conveys abundance…and all the various succulents in this container were left overs from dismantled containers of 2010. I just dismantled this one yesterday, with the threat of frost (Snow!) in the forecast. Where’s the subtle transition of seasons?


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