End of the Season Container Report

Shady Planters with Mini Spider Plant, Pilea glauca and silver Sanseveiria...the white begonias  originally planted pooped out, and were replaced with white pumpkins a few weeks ago.

It’s October 20th, and although we’ve flirted with temps in the low 30’s…we haven’t had a frost yet! We had reasonable summer weather, although not much rain in August and September. The containers we planted in June have held up well, although a few plants had to be edited out or cut back midseason. Once again, the containers based on foliage plants and succulents fared the best.

One of our go-to combos: Phormium, Echeveria, Aeonium and Silver Falls Dichondra

Pelargonium tomentosum overwhelmed one side of the drum pot, but we didn’t mind as we love to rub the minty scented leaves as we pass by. The Euphorbia ‘Blackbird’ held its bracts all summer.  Plectranthus neohilis ‘Gary Hammer’ added its own aroma.  And Erigeron karvinskianus received a cut back a few weeks ago and has decided not to perform anymore.

Phlebodium aureum (Rabbits Foot Fern) is an easy solution plant for shade containers. The yellow leaved jasmine ‘Fiona’s Sunrise‘ trailed about, the purple Oxalis triangularis carried on as did the Tolmeia ‘Cool Gold ‘.

This planting received ooh’s and ah’s when I shared on Instagram back in June….then everything grew out of scale quickly;  both the Abutilon and Coleus were pinched back regularly.

Phormium ‘Evening Glow with Sedum ‘Firestorm’ and various Echeveria and Kalanchoe planted at its base.  Looking just fine in mid October.

This was NOT the best pairing this year…..the Eucomis never bloomed and we knew the Plectranthus ‘Mona Lavender ‘ would bloom late, but it proved rather lackluster when it finally did. We used last year’s stock plant and it never kicked in the way a fresher, young plant does. The yellow-leaved jasmine did its thing well, though.

The tall cylinder container with succulents put on a show all summer…the Sticks on Fire did get rather tall and we discussed but could not decide whether to clip it back or not. Love the lacy Rhipsalis that trails in the front!

This collection of greenhouse foliage plants in our Zen bowl did well, (except for the Begonia boliviensis that succumbed to a bad case of fungal leaf spot and had to go). Synadenium grantii put on some height . Light conditions: mostly shade except for 2 hours of mid-late day sun.

I really liked this Euphorbia turcalli , Begonia kellermanii, Oxalis combination. It is situated where it received 2-3 hours of the midday sun, and then its all shade. There’s also a Euphorbia ‘Blackbird’, a Ming fern and Echeveria tucked in for added from and contrast.

What combinations did you try this year? Which plantings would try again?

7 thoughts on “End of the Season Container Report”

  1. Love the Ming ferns in the second to the last photo. They look like fluffy miniature conifers. All of your pots are fabulous!

  2. Thanks Katherine for these photos! You always blow me away with your container arrangements! I so wish you were closer to me…well, maybe that’s for the best as I would definitely be “over-budget”. My daughter and I get up to your place at least once a year….thought of you when we were in Kennebunk recently and went to Snug Harbor Farm…that place and yours are truly “magical” and specialize in succulents!
    Chatham, MA

  3. Thanks Donna!
    Snug Harbor Farm is a special place…..I’ve known Tony Elliot, the owner, for a couple of decades anyway… we certainly share a similar passion!

  4. Each time we see your container plantings, I am impressed with the lesson your aesthetic teaches. The combination of incredibly tasteful pots with classic forms with mostly subdued surface patinas marries so well with unusual plant combinations where the focus is on foliage contrast in texture, scale, and hue. I appreciate your showing us the one “not so successful pot” to remind us that even thoughtful garden compositions don’t always work as we might envision. Your photos – beyond the containers – also reveal a relaxed garden-making style. Seedlings sprout from gravel, plants appear to grow together naturally, and nary a synthetic or hyper-commercial product distracts.

  5. I used Silver Falls dichondra for the first time last summer, and it is in my Container Plant Hall of Fame. Perfect with my tall black cylindrical containers, and thrived even in shade. Its only problem is that doesn’t look good with my other favorite, coleus Campfire. Seems to demand more moody colors. I can live with that.

  6. your pots are stunning. just found your web site and love it. hoping to one day soon visit.

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