It's that time of year again; time for your garden to lie under the covers with its eyes shut tight. While the rain pours down and cold weather wraps stealthily around the rows, your garden must sleep through the bombardment of December and January.
Don't think of containers as mini-gardens for the simple-minded. They're as complicated as they are chic — and worth every minute of your effort. Once you've sorted through the complexities of drainage, soil mixes and fertilizers, containers become tools for design. On the pages that follow, we'll share some of our favorite ways to bring fresh style to your garden with plants we love, matchmaking principles for pots and plants, color themes that work, tips on using planters as design features, and cheater's guides to getting the most out of your pots.
Nothing brings new life to a fading midsummer garden like some fresh container plantings. Try these "recipes" for plant combinations created by Seattle landscape designers Glenn Withey and Charles Price.
MIX AND MATCH
Vary the pots, vary the plants. See what looks good to you. In one example, reddish and white petunias spill from pots. Tall dark coleus offers foliage in complementary shades.
'Black Magic' Elephant Ears (Colocasia): Big tropical leaves. Goes with almost anything in a container. Perennial in mild climates.
Ever wondered how to grow petunias that will be the envy of your neighborhood or garden club? Here are 10 tips from Wave Petunias to help you grow perfect petunias:
A mud hole, a rather majestic mud hole if I say so myself, is what I've been looking at all winter. Hardworking and clever workmen ?— Bobcat drivers, concrete pourers, rebar positioners, posthole excavators — populate the scene occasionally. We have been remodeling our backyard.
Perhaps you can learn from my experiences. For what it's worth, here are a few reminders on planning a garden remodel or landscape from scratch: